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The Lyric Suite enshrines the first four numbers of the keyboard original, slightly reordered. Anton Seidl, noted Wagnerian, orchestrated three of them. Grieg was impressed, but decided to do better and add 'Shepherd's Boy' as a starter. We know all about trolls and their music from Peer Gynt. In Shetland we call them trows, the wee folk who may be helpful or otherwise when they emerge from their subterranean lairs. The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Ole Kristian Ruud clearly relishes portraying the dwarfs in marching order [listen -- track 12, 0:01-1:01]. Indeed the whole disc has an idiomatic rightness fully meriting its award. Grieg used to be wildly popular here; this music goes some way to explain why.

Copyright © 13 October 2004 Robert Anderson, London UK


Grieg: Norwegian Dances; Symphonic Dances; Lyric Suite

BIS-SACD-1291 SACD DSD Stereo/Surround 71'05" 2003 BIS Records AB

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Ole Kristian Ruud, conductor

Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843-1907): Norwegian Dances Op 35 (1881) (orchestrated in 1888 by Hans Sitt); Symphonic Dances Op 64 (1896/1898); Lyric Suite Op 54 (1889-1891)


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