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What are your feelings on Grieg? (Read 2083 times)

Offline dgk88

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What are your feelings on Grieg?
« on: January 29, 2004, 04:07:39 AM »
overall I love his pieces, i have played the concerto, and am working on the lyric pieces and sonata.  I absolutely love the sonata and will be giving a recital including it in April.  I'd like to know how everyone else feels about him

Offline steveolongfingers

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #1 on: January 29, 2004, 04:11:42 AM »
His music is good, but wierd..........
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Offline chopiabin

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #2 on: January 29, 2004, 05:26:16 AM »
No offense, but I think his concerto is simply an exercise in virtuosity.

Offline Noah

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #3 on: January 29, 2004, 02:21:41 PM »
I really don't like the concerto, especially the third movement  :-X.
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Offline eddie92099

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #4 on: January 29, 2004, 03:05:13 PM »
I think the Piano Concerto is his greatest work. That does not say much though,
Ed

Offline krenske

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #5 on: January 29, 2004, 03:08:52 PM »
Well...
GRIEG [lets call him "greg" for short] must have really had some funny business going on.. i cant believe that percy granger thing
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Offline steveolongfingers

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #6 on: January 30, 2004, 03:09:46 AM »
I enjoy the Peer Gynt Sweets.....who doesnt?
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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #7 on: January 30, 2004, 03:32:15 AM »
Grieg is a major minor composer.

I was just going through the Holberg suite (almost never heard in the piano version - even though it was the original version), and thinking: This should be better known and more played. Excellent. :)
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Offline Noah

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #8 on: January 30, 2004, 04:10:20 AM »
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I think the Piano Concerto is his greatest work. That does not say much though,
Ed


I don't agree, his violin sonatas are better, and so are his lyric pieces, or the (?) cello sonata.
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Offline eddie92099

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #9 on: January 30, 2004, 12:31:51 PM »
I don't know the violin or 'cello sonatas but haven't heard much about them,
Ed

Offline comme_le_vent

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #10 on: January 31, 2004, 05:33:54 AM »
i love the concerto and peer gynt etc.
but grieg was primarily a minaturist composer - he was at his best in short works.
i own his complete piano music - about 15 cds, and believe me - there are many treasures.
also - listen to that mountain king tune - how on earth does he generate so much excitement with such simplicity?
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Offline ramseytheii

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #11 on: June 26, 2006, 12:31:40 AM »
This from Richter:

"Grieg... of whom I'm very fond and who's a remarkable composer, almost a genius.  Alfred Brendel says that it's music for a chambermaid.  May God have mercy upon him!"

Walter Ramsey

Offline mikey6

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #12 on: June 26, 2006, 12:47:04 AM »
I love the 3rd violin sonata! The cello sonata has similar phrases to the piano concerto, it's odd listening to it. The Ballade is meant to be his best work, although I don't know it.  His late works are apparently quite modern.
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Offline soliloquy

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #13 on: June 26, 2006, 12:56:26 AM »
It's a bit... pedestrian.

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #14 on: June 26, 2006, 01:03:05 AM »
HIS PIANO SONATA IS INCREDIBLE
Interested in discussing:

-Prokofiev Toccata
-Scriabin Sonata 2

Offline burstroman

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #15 on: June 26, 2006, 02:59:01 AM »
The sonata, ballade, the Holberg Suite, and many of the Lyric pieces are unjustly neglected.  It's great to hear romantic music without the emphasis on virtuosity.

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #16 on: June 26, 2006, 08:15:01 AM »
One of my favourite composers. Very neglected - his piano pieces are very beautiful but his orchestral works are even more substantial.
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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #17 on: June 26, 2006, 08:17:49 AM »
If you want an insight on Grieg, get the cd of andsnes playing some of the lyric pieces on griegs own piano at troldhaugen. Hearing them as they were originally ment to sound makes a great difference :)
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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #18 on: June 26, 2006, 03:40:47 PM »
my favorite solo piano piece is: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op. 65- No. 6 and the holberg suite. i was surprised when i heared it. (a very nice surprise) now i listen to it often on my computer. not to mention his concerto 2nd movement. one of the most beutiful i have ever heared of a pianoconcerto. so he is not thaat bad.

he is on my list for among 15 favorite composers for piano.
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Offline nanabush

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Re: What are your feelings on Grieg?
«Reply #19 on: June 26, 2006, 05:16:34 PM »
Yes his Lyric pieces are all awesome, piano concerto is amazing too.
Interested in discussing:

-Prokofiev Toccata
-Scriabin Sonata 2