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Grieg: Piano Works

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2013

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Ivana Gavric

- (piano)

Venue:

Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex

14 Oct 2012 & 18-19 May 2013

Producer:

Alexander van Ingen



Engineer:

Alexander van Ingen



Record Label
Champs Hill

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 66:00
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EDVARD GRIEG

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Ballade In G Minor Op.24

18:48
   
 

Lyric Pieces

 
2 Butterfly Op.43 No.1 1:48
3 Waltz Op.38 No.7 1:03
4 Little Bird Op.43 No.4 2:03
5 Notturno Op.54 No.4 3:57
6 Peasant's Song Op.65 No.2 1:33
7 Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op.65 No.6 6:29
   
 

Slåtter Op.72 (Norwegian Peasant Dances)

 
8 Tussebrurefoera på Vossevangen - The Goblin's Bridal Procession, No.14 2:25
9 Haugelåt halling - Halling from the Hills, No.4 3:58
10 Kivlemöyerne Gangar - The Girls of Kivledal Folk Dance, No.17 1:44
11 John Vaestafae's Springdans - John Vaestafae's Dance, No.2 2:18
   
 

Piano Sonata In E Minor Op.7

 
12 Allegro moderato 4:34
13 Andante molto 3:53
14 Alla Menuetto, ma poco più lento 2:55
15 Finale: Molto allegro 6:14
   
 

Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Lyric Piece

 
16 Contemplation (Lyric Piece in homage to Grieg) 2:18
  Total Time 66:00      
   
 Ivana Gavric - (piano)
   


Award-winning pianist Ivana Gavric’s third album for Champs Hill Records is a very personal selection of repertoire including Grieg’s Piano Sonata, the Ballade and a selection of his Lyric pieces. There is also a unique epilogue - a new piece written for Ivana (the first of a set of four) by RPS Award-winning composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

Named Gramophone’s ‘One to Watch’ and BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Rising Star’, Ivana has performed on the major concert platforms in the UK including The Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, as well as across Europe, in Canada, Japan and Russia. Attracting considerable praise for her interpretations of Janácek’s music in particular, Ivana performed his Concertino and LH-concerto Capriccio with the RPS Award-winning Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon. Ivana has also recorded his piano works on her first two Champs Hill releases, “In The Mists” (CHRCD009) and “From The Street” (CHRCD026).

Grieg has formed an important part of Ivana’s repertoire since her childhood. His popular Lyric Piece ’Butterfly’ was one of the first pieces Ivana learnt while still living in Sarajevo, and the Piano Sonata one of the first pieces she performed in public upon arriving in the UK in 1992. As with her previous two albums of Janácek’s works, Ivana immersed herself completely in studying Grieg in preparation for the recording. She visited Norway especially to hear the Slåtter in their original setting, performed on the Hardangerfiddle by Norway’s leading fiddlers Knut Hamre and Frank Rolland. She also sought advice from the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. "Above all, what was most important for me was to see at first-hand the beautiful, sometimes formidable, landscape that Grieg drew so much inspiration from", Ivana says, "He is one of a few composers who somehow completely captures not only his native folk music in his oeuvre, but also the landscape, the fjords and the sheer sense of scale one feels in Norway."

 "Gavric previously established heself as a pianist with solid technique and mature interpetations with an astounding, highly acclaimed Janacek release. her virtuosity and intelligence astounds in this superb recording of Grieg’s piano works ... a magnificent recording."

Sang Woo Kang - American Record Guide - March/April 2014


 "... Gavric is a real poet of the piano. her playing has a very natural flow, to the extent that it is easy to miss the actual subtlety of her phrasing, not to mention the sure virtuosity that is required to carry off the often challenging technical demands of the music... Her tone has a senuous sheen. Yes, this is wonderful Grieg playing, but anyone interested in up and coming piano talent will want to hear this recital ..."

Peter Burwasser - Fanfare - March/April 2014


 "...her [Gavric] playing is clear and beautiful, with liquescent sound and lovely tintinnabulations in the high register of the instrument... The recorded acoustic accomodates the wide spectrum of pianistic sonority and texture in the included pieces very well."

Stephen Pruslin - International Record Review - March 2014


                   Editors  Choice

"...Gavric posses what I can only describe as a beautiful musical personality, completemented by Champs Hills excellent sound and presentation."

Bryce Morrison - Gramophone magazine - March 2014

 




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