Grieg: Cello Sonata, Op. 36; String Quartet, Op. 27

Grieg: Cello Sonata, Op. 36; String Quartet, Op. 27

by Truls Mørk



In 1993, Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk recorded his countryman Edvard Grieg's A Minor Sonata with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet for Virgin Classics. Now Mørk has recorded it again. What is special about this new version is that it was made at Grieg's home in Troldhaugen, and Håvard Gimse plays the composer's own piano (as Leif Ove Andsnes did on his acclaimed disc of Grieg's Lyric Pieces). Mørk and Gimse give a feverishly intense interpretation of the sonata. Grieg's old piano is not as rich-toned as a modern Steinway grand, but the transparency of its sound means that even the most complicated passage emerges with complete clarity -- and, of course, there is less worry that the piano will overwhelm the cello. Filling out the disc is an equally ardent account of Grieg's G Minor String Quartet in which Mørk is joined by three young Norwegian musicians: violinists Sølve Sigerland , Atle Sponberg, and violist Lars Anders Tomter. What impresses most about their performance is its vivid coloring and textural richness. Some of the frothier passages in the first movement look forward to the G Minor quartet of Debussy, while the finale (a blistering saltarello) is in the style of Grieg's own gnomish piano pieces. It would be absurd to suggest that Norwegians are the best interpreters of Grieg's music, but anyone who wanted argue the point could to use this disc as Exhibit A.

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Release Date: 05/07/2002
Label: Erato
UPC: 0724354550522
catalogNumber: 45505

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