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GRIEG: In Autumn; Piano Concerto; Symphonic Dances

Magazine article Musical Opinion

GRIEG: In Autumn; Piano Concerto; Symphonic Dances

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GRIEG: In Autumn; Piano Concerto; Symphonic Dances

Håvara Gimse: Piano

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Bjarte Engeset: Conductor

Naxos 8.557279 71' 47"

Every now and again a CD arrives with a programme of music which I seem to have known all my life and have thoroughly assimilated. Generally, I lay it on one side and seek something more adventurous before giving it a listen.

Only days before going to print this Grieg CD turned up and Naxos had given it such an elegant cover that I put it on. Now I know that I shall play it again and again.

The recording engineer, who also produced the CD, is Tim Handley and I am convinced that he adores Grieg's genius and relished these exceptional performances as much as I now do. Bjarte Engeset is a conductor whom I would go a long way to see on the rostrum, not only in Grieg but Brahms and Richard Strauss. …

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