- Audio CD (June 1 2010)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Erato
- ASIN: B00005RFSM
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
|1. Cello Sonata in A minor Op. 36: Allegro agitato|
|2. Cello Sonata in A minor Op. 36: Andante molto tranquillo|
|3. Cello Sonata in A minor Op. 36: Allegro-Allegro molto e marcato|
|4. String Quartet in G minor Op. 27: Un poco Andante-Allegro molto ed agitato|
|5. String Quartet in G minor Op. 27: Romanze: Andantino|
|6. String Quartet in G minor Op. 27: Intermezzo: Allegro molto marcato|
|7. String Quartet in G minor Op. 27: Finale: Lento-Presto al Saltarello|
Even if I feel the Cello Sonata is less adventurous, more typical of Grieg in his folky vein--especially the bounding last movement--clearly it is a work of stature as well. And it probably hangs together better. The first movement has much of the grand drama of the comparable movement of the string quartet, while the slow movement, based on Grieg's own march from Sigurd Josalfar, is Grieg at his most introspective, rising to a fever pitch in the minor-key central episode.
Besides the fervent playing of Mork and the other young musicians involved, there are additional attractions, including a powerful, you-are-there recording of the sonata made at the Grieg House in Bergen and an even more atmospheric one of the quartet made at a church in Oslo, plus fine liner notes and lovely color photos of the Grieg House and grounds. Highly recommended.