Thursday, December 20, 2012

Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra
"Grieg: Holberg, Jorsalfar & Lyric Suites" (Vinyl)

I like Grieg's music.  It seems to occupy a tenuous range of tolerance with many musicians, and I think I understand why.  All of this aside, I still find his music to be beautifully melodic, nordic and memorable.
While "Peer Gynt" might be his most famous work, his piano concerto, (which we heard yesterday) his string quartet, and these works for string chamber orchestra are beautiful and challenging to perform convincingly.

The performance on this album is lush and sweeping.  It is a European release on Philips at the dawn of digital recording, yet the engineering feels very pure and unobtrusive.

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