Published On: September 1, 2009

2L Records Release Piano Music of Edvard Grieg on Blu-ray and SACD in Surround.

Published On: September 1, 2009

2L Records Release Piano Music of Edvard Grieg on Blu-ray and SACD in Surround.

Edvard Grieg, perhaps best known for his composition of Peer Gynt with its sinister/humorous "In the Hall of the Mountain King," has his music performed by Percy Grainger with the Kristiansand Orchestra, conducted by Rolf Gupta.

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The magic of a "time machine" brings Percy Grainger's original performance back to life in this modern surround-sound recording with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rolf Gupta. Edvard Grieg himself bears witness to the validity and authenticity of Grainger's interpretation through his own enthusiastic endorsement: "I had to become sixty-four years old to hear Norwegian piano music interpreted so understandingly and brilliantly. He breaks new ground for himself, for me, and for Norway. And then this enchanting, profound, serious, and childlike naturalness! What a joy to gain a young friend with such qualities!"

In addition to the original and controversial interpretation of the concerto, the violinist yvind Björk 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.

Hybrid SACD + Pure Audio Blu-ray

7.1 SURROUND + 5.1 SURROUND + STEREO produced in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352kHz/24bit)

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