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Edvard Grieg
Piano Concerto

Percy Grainger, piano
Kristiansand Symfoniorkester
Rolf Gupta, conductor
Edvard Grieg, piano
Øyvind Bjorå, violin
Rex Lawson, pianolist


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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.

      Edvard Grieg 1843-1907

      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, op. 16
  1. Allegro molto moderato (12:27)
  2. Adagio (5:38)
  3. Allegro molto moderato e marcato (9:53)
      Percy Grainger, Duo-Art music rolls, 1921
      Kristiansand Symfoniorkester / Rolf Gupta

  4. Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, op. 65 no. 6 (5:24)
  5. Album Leaf, op. 28 no. 1 (1:33)
  6. Album Leaf, op. 28 no. 2 (2:57)
  7. Erotikon, op. 43 no. 5 (2:53)
  8. To Spring, op. 43 no. 6 (2:50)
      Edvard Grieg, Phonola music rolls, 1906
      Rex Lawson, pianolist
      Percy Grainger, Duo-Art music roll, 1919 (track 8)

      Sonata for Violin and Piano, no. 3 in C minor, op. 45
  9. Allegro molto ed appassionato (8:38)
10. Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza (6:34)
11. Allegro animato (7:25)
      Øyvind Bjorå, violin
      Rex Lawson, pianolist


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