Grieg: Lyric Pieces

Grieg: Lyric Pieces

Edvard Grieg published his 66 Lyric Pieces in 10 volumes between 1867 and 1901. Each one is a masterful miniature—melodically inspired and emotionally complex yet possessing an affecting and charming simplicity. Fellow Norwegian Leif Ove Andsnes studied at the Bergen music school that now bears Grieg’s name and recorded this album on the composer’s own Steinway piano at his villa in Troldhaugen in 2002. Now a museum, the location was the inspiration for “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen,” the most famous and joyous of all the Lyric Pieces, which was written to mark the occasion of Grieg’s 25th wedding anniversary. This album is a gorgeous, warm-hearted celebration of Nordic landscapes, folklore, and seasonal scenes, as well as both ebullient and intimate piano playing.

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