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  Grieg: Holberg Suite, Music for Strings - Ruud
  Grieg: Holberg Suite Op. 40, Two Elegiac Melodies Op. 34, Two Melodies Op. 53, Two Nordic Melodies Op. 63, Two Lyric Pieces Op. 68

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Ole Kristian Ruud (conductor)
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Site review by Polly Nomial March 28, 2006
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Review by gonzostick November 11, 2009 (4 of 17 found this review helpful)
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This disc sounds wonderful. It is also completely boring. One of my conducting teachers called concerts like this one a mass grave.

There is one glaring problem with the conducting. The conductor cuts out the pizzicato chord at the end of the first movement of the Holberg Suite. It must be because he never figured out how to do it in performance so he was comfortable with it. Nevertheless, it is in the score and should be played. Otherwise, the performances on this disc are very smooth, lyrical, and lovely but they are too much of the same thing.

For a stunning full string section recording of the Holberg Suite, try Gerard Shwartz with Seattle on Delos RBCD. That is wonderful and so very lush. Unfortunately, the disc mate for that performance is a dead-in-life version of the Grieg Piano Concerto.

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Review by fafnir July 30, 2006 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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I can only concur with Polly Nomial's previous review. I don't know which to praise more - the performances or the recording.

I doubt that a finer example of string orchestra recording exists in the catalog. The sound is both clear and warm without a hint of edginess at any dynamic level. Ambience is captured exactly right - making itself felt with being the least obtrusive.

Everthing on the disc is well-done, but I would single out "The Last Spring" as being exceptionally beautiful.

Most highly recommended.

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Works: 5  

Edvard Grieg - 2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34
Edvard Grieg - 2 Melodies for String Orchestra, Op. 53
Edvard Grieg - 2 Nordic Melodies, Op. 63
Edvard Grieg - Fra Holbergs tid (Holberg Suite), Op. 40
Edvard Grieg - Lyriske stykker (Lyric Pieces) IX, Op. 68