Edvard Grieg - Piano Concerto - Percy Granger, Rolf Gupta - 2009 (SACD-R, ISO)

Edvard Grieg – Piano Concerto – Percy Granger, Rolf Gupta – 2009 (SACD-R, ISO)

Composer: Edvard Grieg
Performer: Rolf Gupta
Orchestra: Kristiansand Symfoniorkester
Conductor: Percy Granger
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1 SACD-R
Format: ISO
Bit Depth: 64(2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 5.0, 2.0
Label: Norway – 2L 
Size: 3.71 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
Server: rapidgator

Edvard Grieg – Piano Concerto
Kristiansand Symfoniorkester / Rolf Gupta, Percy Granger

Piano Concerto a minor op 16
1. Allegro molto moderato
2. Adagio
3. Allegro molto moderato e marcato
4. Wedding Day at Troldhaugen op 65 no 6
5. Album Leaf op 28 no 1
6. Album Leaf op 28 no 2
7. Erotikon op 43 no 5
8. To Spring op 43 no 6

Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in c minor op 45
9. Allegro molto
10. Allegretto
11. Allegro animato

The magic of a “time machine” brings Percy Grainger’s original performance back to life in this modern surround-sound recording with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rolf Gupta. Edvard Grieg himself bears witness to the validity and authenticity of Grainger’s interpretation through his own enthusiastic endorsement: “I had to become sixty-four years old to hear Norwegian piano music interpreted so understandingly and brilliantly. He breaks new ground for himself, for me, and for Norway. And then this enchanting, profound, serious, and childlike naturalness! What a joy to gain a young friend with such qualities!”
In 2007, conductor Rolf Gupta gave the first Norwegian performance of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the legendary Australian pianist Percy Grainger (1882-1961) as the posthumous soloist. On this recording, the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra accompanies Grainger’s original and controversial interpretation of the concerto. In addition, the violinist Øyvind Bjorå and pianolist Rex Lawson perform Grieg’s Violin Sonata in C minor. The recording also includes a handful of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces, performed by the composer himself. Astonishingly, these performances have not been available to the public until now.
Two different instruments have facilitated Grainger’s and Grieg’s encounters with the KSO/Gupta in modern times. Grainger plays on a form of musical time machine, the Duo-Art reproducing piano, which is something like an analogue predecessor of the computer, powered by an electric suction pump, and controlled automatically by perforated rolls of paper. Grieg, on the other hand, has been restored to life by means of a foot-pedalled pianola, played by Rex Lawson. For this recording, both instruments were fitted in front of a Steinway concert grand piano and re-performed the playing of Grainger in 1921 and Grieg in 1906.

Like the performances on the main CD, the bonus tracks for this album all derive from some form of perforated piano roll. The Humoresque and the Berceuse are the two remaining rolls that Grieg recorded for Ludwig Hupfeld in Leipzig in April 1906. He may have recorded more, of course, and the pile of rolls in the evocative photograph of Grieg listening to an unnamed Phonola player in 1907 in Berlin is tantalisingly unclear, but only six rolls were ever issued in Hupfeld’s various catalogues. The Album Leaf and Puck are performances recorded by the Belgian pianist, Liszt pupil and long-term friend of Grieg, Artur de Greef, for the Aeolian Company’s Duo-Art reproducing piano, the former in London in about 1920, and the latter in New York some ten years later. Grieg’s own Duo-Art recording of Papillon (Butterfly) is more unusual, since the Duo-Art was not introduced until March 1914, nearly seven years after Grieg had died. The recording began life in Aeolian’s Autograph-Metrostyle series, a non-recorded roll on which a tempo line had been drawn, under Grieg’s own supervision, during a visit to Troldhaugen by George Reed of Aeolian in London. Although Aeolian never explained the process by which this tempo-marked roll was converted to Duo-Art, the likelihood is that it was pedalled, on an Aeolian 88-note Pianola attached to the Duo-Art recording piano in New York, by one of the American Duo-Art recording producers, who were in the main expert Pianola players as well.




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