Symphony in c / In Autumn / Old Norwegian Melody w/ Variations / Funeral March
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Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra - Neeme Jarvi - Songs Include : Symphony In C Minor - 1. Allegro Molto / 2. Adagio Espressivo / 3. Intermezzo Allegro Energico / 4. Finale Allegro Molto Vivace / In Autumn Op. 11 Concert Overture For Large Orchestra - 5. Andante - Allegro Agitato - Allegro Marcato E Maestoso / Old Norwegian Melody With Variations Op. 51 - 6. Poco Tranquillo / 7. Tema Andantino Espressivo / 8. Poco Allegro Ma Tranquillo / 9. Energico / 10. Allegro Leggiero / 11. Poco Andante / 12. Maestoso / 13. Allegro Scherzando E Leggiero / 14. Andante / 15. Andante Molto Tranquillo / 16. Presto / 17. Tempo Di Menuetto / 18. Allegro Marcato / 19. Tempo Di Valse / 20. Adagio Molto Espressivo Finale / 21. Allegro Molto Marcato / 22. Pomposo / 23. Prestissimo / 24. Andante Molto Tranquillo / Funeral March In Memory Of Rikard Nordraak - 25. Lento
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Grieg's Symphony in C minor, the work of most curiosity here, was composed in 1863-64 and is highly influences by Mendelssohn (especially the Hebrides Overture) and Schumann yet already sounds enough like Grieg to not sound out of place with his later output. It may be in the scoring with its use of brass or the strong, dancelike rhythm of the third movement Intermezzo, but it does contain the germ of Grieg's later sound. What is missing is his characteristic use of Norwegian folk melodies. After a few concert performances, some conducted by Grieg himself, he wrote on it "Never to be performed", a wish that was kept until 1981. A symphony by a composer as eminent as Grieg certainly creates enough curiosity for people to want to hear it. Grieg himself had already sensed his Nationalist intentions and felt it was too typically a Germanic symphony of its day. Though he was essentially right, and though its not very memorable thematically except for the Intermezzo, it's still full of his lyricism and a very enjoyable piece overall.
In Autumn, written only two years later, is much more like his mature works and has moments of folk melodies and a big folk dance ending based on a melody transcribed for him by his brother from a harvest dance. The work was originally for two pianos with an old orchestration that Grieg scrapped to write the one here in 1888. The Old Norwegian Melody (Romance) is the most well-known piece here and the only one from his later years, composed for two pianos in 1890 and scored in 1903. It is a wide-ranging set of variations on a theme that shows his lyricism and later scoring in passages that range from happy and dancelike to sweepingly Romantic. The Funeral March for Richard Nordraak is a really rarely recorded work, written by Grieg at the untimely death of his friend and fellow-composer at the age of 23. It was Nordraak who inspired in Grieg the idea of composing a nationalistic Norwegian style of music.
Anyone who likes Grieg should enjoy these works which are wonderfully played by the Gothenburg Symphony under Neemi Jarvi, both of whom are very well acquainted with the composer and his works. To have them all together on one disc and not tacked on the end of discs with yet another Peer Gynt is also a blessing.
The recordings are also available in the Grieg Orchestral Works box set by Jarvi on DG.