Grieg’s celebrated Piano Concerto turns out to be an editor’s nightmare. Even during the composer’s lifetime the work was so famous that it had to be reprinted over and over again, each time with revisions from the composer. A detailed preface throws light into the mare’s nest of the sources. Einar Steen-Nökleberg, equally well-known for his complete recording of Grieg’s piano music, has judiciously revised the piano reduction to make it more playable.
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Grieg composed his Piano Concerto op. 16 in 1868 in Sölleröd, Denmark, where he sought the advice of the Danish composer and pianist Edmund Neupert, particularly in the shaping of the solo part. He completed the score that winter at his home in Kristiania, Oslo. The première took place as early as 3 April 1869 when Neupert, the work’s dedicatee, played it in Copenhagen. … 続き
Most important Norwegian composer of the nineteenth century and promoter of Norwegian folk music. His lyrical character pieces in particular are well known.
|1843||Born in Bergen on June 15, the son of a merchant and British consul; early piano lessons with his mother, who was a pianist.|
|1858–62||Studies at the Leipzig Conservatory.|
|1862||Concerts in Norway.|
|1863||Copenhagen, with the support of Niels W. Gade.|
|from 1864||Interest in Norwegian folk music, which finds its way into his compositions.|
|1866||Breakthrough with a concert of Norwegian music. Conductor of the Philharmonic Society.|
|1867||The first of a total of ten volumes of Lyric Pieces for piano, Op. 12, with relatively simple piano settings.|
|1868/69||Composition of the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, which is based on Schumann’s piano concerto.|
|1869||“25 Norwegian Folk Melodies and Dances,” Op. 17, for piano.|
|1873||Begins work on the opera “Olav Trygvason,” Op. 50, after Bjørnson, which is never completed.|
|1874||Composition stipend from the state.|
|1874/75||Composition of incidental music to Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt,” Op. 23, the basis for the Peer Gynt Suites.|
|1876||Attends the premiere of Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” in Bayreuth.|
|1880–82||Conductor of the “Harmonien” musical society in Bergen. Thereafter he accepted no other positions.|
|1883||Visit to Bayreuth; he hears Wagner’s “Parsifal.”|
|1884||Composition of “From Holberg’s Time,” Op. 40, his most popular work.|
|from 1885||He moves into his villa “Troldhaugen” (near Bergen). Composition and revision of older works in spring and summer, concert tours in fall and winter.|
|1891||Composition of the “Lyric Suite,” Op. 54, orchestrated in 1905.|
|1907||Death in Bergen on September 4.|
De nieuwe Urtext van Henle is zeer nauwgezet voorbereid door o.a. Einar Stein-Nökleberg, zelf een vooraanstaand Grieginterpreet ... Het notenbeeld is veruit het overzichtelijkste dat ik ooit van dit concert heb gezien en als bonus zijn ook vingerzettingen van de componist zelf opgenomen. Kortom, het is een feest om te spelen uit deze partituur, zelfs als de piano onstemd is.