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Victor Carr Jr, June 2014

The performances by soloists, chorus, and orchestra are excellent throughout under conductor Bjarte Engeset’s leadership. And it’s all captured in top-notch sound. If you like Grieg, and vocal music, you’ll enjoy this release. © 2014 Read complete review

Donald R Vroon
American Record Guide, May 2014

This is a very beautiful recording. From the very opening, with a rich male chorus (the students), you know you are in for a treat. The singers are wonderful, the sound is terrific, and the orchestra is as good as any that has recorded this music. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Nick Barnard
MusicWeb International, March 2014

The disc is marked by consistently fine engineering—a perfect blend of presence, detail and power. Engeset’s excellent liner-note is a model of insight and information and it matches the quality of his work on the podium. All in all a very fine disc indeed and one that makes me keen to hear the other discs in the series so far and those yet to come. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Mike Ashman
Gramophone, March 2014

…the Norwegian conductor Bjarte Engeset secures committedly live-feeling performances from his Swedish players and choirs. Recommended for that, and for the convenience of hearing the Bjørnson/Grieg repertoire as a unit. All is clearly and naturally recorded. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Michael Scott Rohan
BBC Music Magazine, March 2014

…vigorous, colourful choral singing and splendid orchestral colour. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine

Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, January 2014

Naxos have done Grieg proud over the years, producing many discs which have considerably extended our knowledge of a composer whose range of expression was wider than is sometimes allowed. This is a valuable addition to that collection, generally well performed and superbly recorded. The extensive booklet note by the conductor is wide-ranging and informative. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Anthony Tommasini
The New York Times, December 2013

The New York Times Critics’ Favorite Classical Recordings of 2013

Grieg, a Norwegian patriot, started writing an epic Norwegian national opera with the renowned author Bjornstjerne Bjornson about the exploits of Olav Trygvason, who became an early Norwegian king. Alas, the opera was never finished. This wonderful album, the seventh in a series, presents three extended scenes from that incomplete work, with rousing choruses, invocations to Norse gods, a prophetess weaving ominous spells, and more. © 2013 The New York Times, December 2013

Bjarte Engeset leads soloists, choruses and orchestras from Malmö with sure-handed, idiomatic elegance… Engeset shows himself fully attuned to Grieg’s music and highly adept at displaying it as effectively as possible. © 2013 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2013

Without a fanfare of trumpets, Bjarte Engeset is bringing to the record catalogue one of the most imposing cycles of Grieg’s orchestral music ever placed on disc. Excellent programme notes accompany the disc…The opening track, Landkjenning (Land-Sighting) is an independent work relating Trygvason’s first sight of the Norwegian coast from England on a journey that would result in his becoming King of Norway…they are scores that mix Germanic orchestral writing with the new Nordic sounds Grieg was trying to cultivate. Here we have a team of Norwegian singers from the world of opera who can inject a dramatic feel to the music, the Malmo Opera Orchestra performing the Olav Trygvason scenes, as if it is part of their regular repertoire, The disc is completed by Edmund Neupert’s Resignation, a work for piano orchestrated by Grieg. In Engeset we have a conductor who has Grieg in his life-blood, and much credit must also go to the record engineers who have captured such a red-blooded sound. Most strongly recommended. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

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