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"In the short descriptions of him [Grieg] on the net, you'll find that he was 'a lyrical nationalistic poet, writing miniatures'. But as I never tire of demonstrating, he was very, very much more than that… His musical mind in general was very much focused on colour, and I think even today his sense of orchestral colouring is too little acknowledged… Of course, these pieces can be played by chamber orchestra, but I think a performance with sixty strings, focusing on dynamics and contrasts of colour, can really result in something very special."
– Bjarte Engeset


Naxos 8.508015
EDVARD GRIEG (1843 –1907)
COMPLETE ORCHESTRAL WORKS

Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Bjarte Engeset

This boxed set of Grieg's complete orchestral works is a celebration of the composer's rich and multi-faceted aesthetic. Grieg was an idealistic humanist whose music and writings underlined a harmony between humans and nature. The sense of nostalgia and 'postcard lyricism' often associated with him belies the wild energy also present in his music – its primeval force, pessimistic emotions and tempestuous Romanticism. Thanks to Bjarte Engeset's carefully researched and widely admired performances, Grieg's complex musical universe can here be appreciated in full.


Listen to an excerpt from Olav Trygvason (Vol. 6)



Listen to an excerpt from
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40: I Prelude (Vol. 7)




About the Artists


The Norwegian conductor Bjarte Engeset has been music director of the Tromsø Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, artistic director of Northern Norway’s Northern Lights Festival and Opera Nord, and permanent guest conductor of the Flemish Radio Orchestra. Since 2007 he has served as chief conductor of Sweden’s Dala Sinfonietta. His acclaimed recordings for Naxos include works by Svendsen, Tveitt, Grieg, Sibelius and Sinding.

The Naxos and BIS record labels have brought The Malmö Symphony Orchestra (MSO) to a worldwide audience and several of its recordings have gained international awards, such as the Cannes Classical Award and Diapason d’Or. The MSO’s recording of Berwald’s Symphonies, under the direction of Sixten Ehrling, was nominated for a Gramophone Award, and a release of music by the American composer Charles Ives [Naxos 8.559370] was Editor’s Choice/Recording of the Month in October 2008, also in Gramophone.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its recordings, receiving two Diapason d’Or de l’année awards for Symphonic Music (Denève/Roussel 2007; Denève/Debussy 2012) and eight GRAMMY® Awards nominations over the last decade. Over 200 releases are available, including the complete symphonies of Sibelius (Gibson), Prokofiev (Järvi), Glazunov (Serebrier), Nielsen and Martinů (Thomson), Roussel (Denève) and the major orchestral works of Debussy (Denève). The RSNO is one of Scotland’s National Performing Companies, supported by the Scottish government.


Contents


Naxos 8.557279
GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 1 - Piano Concerto / Symphonic Dances / In Autumn
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Engeset

Naxos 8.557854
GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 2 - Orchestrated Piano Pieces
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Engeset

 

"supercharged performances" – ClassicsToday.com

Naxos 8.557991
GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 3 - Symphony in C Minor / Old Norwegian Romance with Variations
Malmö Symphony, Engeset

 

"a very charming performance featuring lively tempos and some sweetly beguiling wind playing from the Malmö Symphony Orchestra"
– ClassicsToday.com

Naxos 8.570236
GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 4 - Peer Gynt Suites / Orchestral Songs
Malmö Symphony, Engeset

Naxos 8.570871-72
GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 5 - Peer Gynt (complete incidental music) / Foran sydens kloster / Bergliot
Malmö Symphony, Engeset

Naxos 8.572403
GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 6 - From Holberg's Time / Lyric Suite / Melodies
Malmö Symphony, Engeset

"Engeset’s own heritage allows him to accentuate the Nationalistic sentiments and scenic vistas Grieg incorporates into his scores." - Allmusic.com

"The excellence of Bjarte Engeset’s Grieg recordings speaks for itself. As with previous releases in this series, the performances are outstanding."
- ClassicsToday.com

“The playing is warm and romantic, the phrasing superb. All of this is delicious music…” - American Record Guide

Naxos 8.573045
GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 7 - Olav Trygvason / Landkjenning / Sigurd Jorsalfar (excerpts)
Malmö Symphony, Engeset

"vigorous, colourful choral singing and splendid orchestral colour"
- BBC Music Magazine






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