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GRIEG, Edvard • EVJU, Helge

GRIEG: Piano Concerto In A Minor (Percy Grainger Edition) • EVJU: Piano Concerto In B Minor (Realised From Grieg's Fragments)


  • Carl Petersson, piano
  • Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Kerry Stratton

Edvard Grieg first met Percy Grainger in London in 1906 and the two became good friends, Grieg inviting the ‘Young Apollo’ to spend the summer of 1907 with him at Troldhaugen where they revised the famous Piano Concerto in A minor in preparation for a European tour later that year. Their alterations, enhancing dynamic clarity, resulted in the last edition “sanctioned by Grieg himself”, as Grieg died a few months later. Edvard Grieg had plans for a second piano concerto and wrote several piano sketches for a concerto in B-minor in 1883. He never completed it, but Norwegian composer Helge Evju has taken up the challenge to compose a work based on the incomplete concerto fragments, creating a romantic and beautiful companion concerto, faithful to Grieg’s musical style and flair.

Tracklist

Grieg, Edvard
 
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 (revised by P. Grainger) (1868) (00:27:00 )
1
I. Allegro moderato (00:11:36)
2
II. Adagio (00:06:01)
3
III. Allegro marcato (00:09:34)
4
Piano Concerto in B Minor (fragments) () (00:02:34)
Evju, Helge
 
Piano Concerto in B Minor (on fragments by E. Grieg) () (00:22:04 )
5
I. Moderato tranquillo * (00:05:41)
6
II. Scherzo * (00:04:10)
7
III. Adagio * (00:05:21)
8
IV Cadenza * (00:02:43)
9
V. Finale * (00:04:14)
Grieg, Edvard
10
6 Poems, Op. 25: No. 4. Med en vandlilje (With a Water Lily) (arr. H. Evju for piano) (1876) * (00:02:11)
11
6 Songs, Op. 48: No. 6. En drom (A Dream) (arr. H. Evju for piano) (1888) * (00:02:33)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:56:38

The Artist

Carl Petersson graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he completed both his studies in piano and pedagogy with José Ribera. During his studies he took part in numerous international masterclasses in Denmark, Sweden and Israel. In 2013 he received his PhD degree from the Music Academy in Kraków. He has performed as a soloist as well as with orchestras on numerous occasions in Canada, the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, France, the Czech Republic, Germany and Israel.

One of the leading Czech orchestras, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (PRSO) is also one of the oldest. Thanks to its imaginative programming and ever improving artistic standards it has earned an important position in Czech concert life. Guest conductors have included Václav Talich, Václav Neumann, Libor Pešek, Charles Munch, Franz Konwitschny, Hermann Scherchen, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Charles Mackerras. The orchestra has always placed great importance on contemporary music and Sergey Prokofiev, Ottorino Respighi, Arthur Honegger, Aram Khachaturian, Ernst Krenek and Krzysztof Penderecki have conducted the PRSO performing their own compositions.
In the course of his international career Kerry Stratton has conducted orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Stratton has also conducted concert tours of his native Canada with such ensembles as the Vienna Concert-Verein, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia and the Georg Solti Chamber Orchestra of Budapest. With a particular fondness for Czech music Stratton won the 2000 Masaryk Award for his services to Czech and Slovak culture and was decorated by the Czech government in 2007 at Cernin Palace, Prague, with the Gratias Agit Award.

Reviews

“Evju’s piano-solo transcriptions of two Grieg songs are impressively done, and the sound in these is fine. Petersson’s surging rubatos in With a Water Lily seem extreme compared with what a singer might actually do, though that isn’t necessarily illegal in a concert rendering. He’s more authentically ruminative in A Dream, weaving full-bodied sonorities from the fluent passagework.” – Positive Feedback Online

“…a CD which would be self-recommending to many even if it were not well performed and recorded. Fortunately, it is both...a very attractive performance, particularly by the pianist, and adequate sonics.” – Fanfare

“The recording is remarkably clear. Pianist Carl Petersson performs beautifully and seems especially committed to this revised edition.” – The WholeNote

“Evju’s Concerto after Grieg is a cunningly shrewd work, very entertaining, and well worth the attention of pianophiles.” – American Record Guide

“[The B minor concerto] makes the disc appealing, along with Evju’s two Earl Wild inspired Grieg song transcriptions, played with commanding virtuosity by Petersson.” – Gramophone

“All in all, this (disc) proves to be a fascinating musical experience. Carl Petersson brings a spontaneity to his playing with Kerry Stratton and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra providing some lovely rather leisurely orchestral passages. I cannot imagine any Grieg enthusiast not wanting to hear this fascinating disc finely recorded and with first rate performances from all concerned.” – The Classical Reviewer

“This is a very well-played and in many ways exceptionally interesting release, featuring not only first-rate pianism but also very fine accompaniment by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kerry Stratton. The transcriptions and the Evju concerto here receive their world première recordings and are well worth listening to—not just once but repeatedly.” – Infodad.com

“A praiseworthy release! ” – Kulturspeilet