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Edvard Grieg - Choral Music

Song NameComposer
Children's songEdvard Grieg
Farmyard-songEdvard Grieg
HallingEdvard Grieg
Good-night song for DobbinEdvard Grieg
Kvalin's HallingEdvard Grieg
The OceanEdvard Grieg
The Christmas TreeEdvard Grieg
It is the greatest follishnessEdvard Grieg
SpringdansEdvard Grieg
Young OleEdvard Grieg
Fisherman's songEdvard Grieg
Fairest among womenEdvard Grieg
The great white hostEdvard Grieg
The Gipsy ladEdvard Grieg
Retnams-KnutEdvard Grieg
The Norwgian mountainsEdvard Grieg
I I lay down so lateEdvard Grieg
Fatherland hymnEdvard Grieg
Little ToroEdvard Grieg
Last SpringEdvard Grieg
Whitsun HymnEdvard Grieg
Ave, Maris StellaEdvard Grieg
How fair is thy faceEdvard Grieg
God's son hath set me freeEdvard Grieg
Jesus Christ our Lord is risenEdvard Grieg
In Heav'n aboveEdvard Grieg

Choral music is a genre rarely associated with Edvard Grieg, but this CD reveals him as a composer with distinctive gifts for choral writing. He composed about 50 choral works, and this CD includes about half of them, including his final work, an a cappella setting of four Psalms. The pieces are notable for their musical variety; they include children's songs, folk-song arrangements, and music for liturgical use, and while many are recognizable as Grieg's work, several have an eccentric quirkiness that sheds new light on his musical personality. "Kvalins halling," for men's chorus and bass solo, a traditional Norwegian fiddle dance to which the composer sets nonsense syllables, is the most wonderfully odd; it has a kind of rocking, proto-minimalist pattern sporadically interrupted by bursts of late-Romantic harmonic effulgence. The collection contains one familiar work, a choral arrangement of "Varen" (Last spring), perhaps his most famous solo song. The Psalms are models of expressive, harmonically rich Romantic vocal writing. The CD includes pieces for mixed voices as well as men's and women's choruses. The works presented here offer a wealth of attractive choral music that deserves to find a place in the repertoire of choirs interested in venturing beyond the standard literature. The Norwegian ensemble Grex Vocalis, conducted by Carl Hogset, sings with a warm, ringing tone; excellent intonation; and a beautiful blend. The soloists make a strong contribution; tenor Magnus Staveland sings with passion and sensitivity and bass-baritone Daniel Oskar Danielsson's boisterous performance adds to the rollicking fun of "Kvalins halling."

Item code: 8662C | SACD | $16.95 add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | Norway

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