Performance Today

Grieg's 'Lyric Pieces'

Edvard Grieg with his dog, LovstakkenWikimedia Commons | Public Domain

May 12, 2017

Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote a collection of 60 short works for piano, his 'Lyric Pieces'. A few years later, a conductor named Anton Seidl orchestrated a few of those pieces ...without asking Grieg's permission. On Friday's Performance Today, hear the story and the end result: 'Lyric Pieces', composed AND orchestrated by Edvard Grieg.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Edvard Grieg: Two Melodies: The First Meeting
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra; Terje Tonnesen, conductor
Grieg: Complete Music For String Orchestra
Bis 147

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Quartet No. 3 in C major, K. 285b
Escher String Quartet with Carol Wincenc, flute
Rockport Music, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Op. 54: Norwegian March, Nocturn, March of the Trolls
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Oslo Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway

Johannes Brahms: Lullaby (Wiegenlied), Op. 49 No. 4
Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Kathryn Stott, piano
Yo-Yo Ma: Songs from the Arc of Live

Bedrich Smetana (arr. Hans Trnecek): Vltava from Ma vlast
Anneleen Lenaerts, harp
Aspen Music Festival and School, Harris Hall, Aspen, CO

Hour 2

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Moment Musical, Op. 16, No. 6: Maestoso
Valentina Lisitsa, piano
Virtuoso Valentina Vol. 2

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Trio elegiaque No. 1 in G minor
Lysander Piano Trio
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Scott Wheeler: Morningside (Portrait of Monica Jakuc)
Donald Berman, piano
Adam Abeshouse, National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY

Scott Wheeler: Portrait of Steve (In memory of Stephen Malawista, 2013)
Donald Berman, piano
Adam Abeshouse, National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY

Samuel Barber: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op 14
Simone Porter, violin; Nashville Symphony; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Nashville Symphony, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN