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GRIEG: Pictures from Everyday Life / Ballade, Op. 24

Composer(s):Grieg, Edvard
Artist(s) Steen-Nokleberg, Einar, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.550883
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

GRIEG: Piano Sonata, Op. 7 / Stimmungen / 4 Piano Pieces, Op. 1 8.550881
GRIEG: Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances, Op. 17 and Op. 66 8.550882
GRIEG: Pictures from Everyday Life / Ballade, Op. 24 8.550883
GRIEG: Holberg Suite, Op. 40 / Slatter, Op. 72 8.550884
GRIEG: Norwegian Melodies Nos. 1 - 63 8.553391
GRIEG: Norwegian Melodies Nos. 118 - 152 8.553393
GRIEG: Lyric Pieces, Books 1 - 4, Opp. 12, 38, 43 and 47 8.553394
GRIEG: Lyric Pieces, Books 5 - 7, Opp. 54, 57 and 62 8.553395
GRIEG: Lyric Pieces, Books 8 - 10, Opp. 65, 68, and 71 8.553396
GRIEG: Peer Gynt, Suites Nos. 1and 2 / Sigurd Jorsalfar / Bergliot 8.553397
GRIEG: Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 / Peer Gynt, Op. 23 / Waltz Caprices 8.553398
GRIEG: Piano Transcriptions of Songs, Op. 41 / Nordic Melodies, Op. 63 8.553399
GRIEG: Piano Transcriptions of Songs, Op. 52 / 23 Small Pieces / 8.553400

Einar Steen-Nøkleberg has recorded every note of music Grieg composed for the piano. He as impressive musical credentials and is, among other things, the author of a book on Grieg’s piano music and its interpretations. His survey displaces earlier sets in quality: he is responsive to mood and is searchingly imaginative in his approach.

Einar Steen-Nøkleberg does not proceed chronologically: the first disc couples early and late Grieg—the very earliest of his published pieces, written while he was still studying at Leipzig, the Humoresques, Op. 6, and the E minor Piano Sonata, Op. 7, alongside the Stimmungen (‘Moods’), Op. 73, composed in the early years of the 20th century (1901–5). Whether the music is early or late, Steen-Nøkleberg plays with total sympathy and dedication, and he is beautifully recorded throughout in the Lindeman Hall of the Norwegian State Academy of Music. Only in the Sonata does he suffer a trace of self-conmore....

Review By Classic CD,April 1996

"Einar Steen-Nokleberg has risen to the demands made on him. His playing is crisp and clear, brilliant when brilliance is needed, and he also has a feeling for the tender wistfulness and warmth, which surely Grieg put at the heart of his music"


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