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Mengelberg – Grieg – Two Elegiac Melodies for Orchestra, Op 34: great compositions/performances


Mengelberg – Grieg – Two Elegiac Melodies for Orchestra, Op 34

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1. The wounded heart
2. Last Spring

Willem Mengelberg
Born: March 28, 1871 – Utrecht,
Holland Died: March 21, 1951 – Chur, Switzerland Grieg(1843-1907)

In the late 1860s Grieg married his cousin, Nina Hagerup, and settled in Christiania (now much less charmingly named Oslo). Life couldn’t have been easy, eking out a living from teaching and conducting, particularly as his over-zealous studies in Leipzig had permanently damaged his health. Then, in 1874, still aged only 31, came a stroke of good fortune: he was awarded a life annuity from the Norwegian government (nice work if you can get it!). Maybe he isn’t exactly a “front rank” composer, but his music is equally capable of charming the simple soul (like me) as it is the not so simple (like Liszt).  Continue reading