Grieg – A. Goldenweiser – Complete Lyric Pieces (1952-54) part I

Peintures : Lars Hertervig (February 16, 1830 — January 6, 1902)

Alexander Goldenweiser (1875-1961) , Piano ; Recorded c. 1952-54
Melodiya D 03286/67 and D 03580/81

I quote here the text of Neal (…)
“”I had hoped to offer the complete Grieg Lyric Pieces, recorded by Alexander Goldenweiser (1875-1961) in the early to mid-1950s on five Melodiya lps, but the copies I have to work with of several of these are problematic, so it may be some time before I’m able to complete this project. APR has just issued a cd including the Op. 62, 68 series and part of Op. 65, but there has been no complete issue of this first complete recorded cycle on cd. The playing is the essence of simplicity, with nothing inflated beyond what these works can absorb, which like the famous record of Emil Gilels for DG, only serves to heighten the beauty and range of these miniatures. Goldenweiser employs a subtle rubato, in which his slight, but superbly controlled unevenness brings out the folkish quality that others seem unable to extract. “” 


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