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  Grieg: Sigurd Jorsalfar, Landkjenning etc. - Ruud
  Grieg: Sigurd Jorsalfar Op. 22, Landkjenning Op. 31, Bergliot Op. 42, Sorgemarsj over Rikard Nordraak EG117, Den Bergtekne Op. 32

Hakan Hagegard
Gorild Mauseth
Bergen Philharmonic
Ole Kristian Ruud (conductor)
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by Chris September 26, 2004 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Another sonic spectacular from BIS.Just like Chandos, BIS delivers consistently excellent recordings.This disc is so realistically recorded that I find nothing to complain about whatsoever as far as the sound quality is concerned. This is a State of the Art recording that ought to be heard by anyone who wants to get an idea of what a big symphony orchestra sounds like, when recorded without a mike on every instrument.What you'll hear from this SACD, provided you have a reasonably decent reproduction chain,is so natural and realistic an experience that few other recordings, even from the analogue era beat it.The Bergen Philarmonic also play splendidly under conductor Ole Kristian Ruud.
But when I get to the actual music played and recorded here, I am unfortunately, less impressed.Someone else compared this music to Mahler's. Well he must have meant very,very early Mahler then.Or doesn't really know Mahler's music.
Mahler's music is in general much more sublime than this second rate, national-romantic and rather bombastic music.Apart from the dynamic range used, this music has little,that reminds me of Mahler's great symphonic masterpieces.His symphonies and ,Das Lied von der Erde, speak a much more universal musical language, than this superficial fare.
IMO Grieg wrote only two masterpieces,worth comparing with the really great composers, that I know anyway,and they are his Piano Concerto and his Peer Gynt music.
But musical taste is of course a very subjective thing and I'm sure a lot of people will like the music more than I do.
But as demonstration disc I rate it among the very best.

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Review by Russell June 2, 2004 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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The engineers at BIS have really upped the ante with this new disc of mostly unknown (and decidedly minor league) works by Grieg. This is, I think, the third volume of BIS's ongoing Grieg cycle with the Bergen Philharmonic under Ole Kristian Ruud. Musically speaking, don't expect inspiration on the level of the composer's venerable Piano Concerto or Peer Gynt (or even works like the Holberg Suite and Symphonic Dances). Most of the music on this disc is pompous (not in the negative sense) and ceremonial in nature, and played--and sung, on those tracks with vocals--with great fervor. It's pleasant enough, though it wears kind of thin after a few listenings. Probably the best known piece here is the "Homage March" from the title work.

But, man oh man, what sound quality this disc has! I have no hesitation in saying that it's the best sounding orchestral disc I've heard in quite some time. It is astounding in its breadth and depth of soundstage, naturalness of timbres, and staggering dynamic range. It's pure DSD, of course, and it's all reproduced with an ease and effortlessness that I rarely, if ever, hear from RBCD and even some SACDs. (I've only listened to the stereo layer, BTW--I don't have MCH capability.) I suspect that track 11, the stirring "Funeral March for Rikard Nordraak" (with terrific thundering timpani and bass drum), will be used as THE demo track to show off the capabilities of SACD. I know I'll be using it that way.

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Review by Luukas May 24, 2015 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
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This disc was one of my first SACDs and it is still very good. Ole Kristian Ruud has been successful Grieg interpreter and his approaches has got many acclaimed awards.
Grieg's incidental music for "Sigurd Jorsalfar" was quite unknown for me. Of course we all know the "Three Orchestral Pieces" but the complete music isn't so famous. Anyway, Ruud and his team - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - proves that the work is very good in its own way. They found the score's beauty. BIS label's sound quality is terrific - especially on multi-channel. Highly recommend.

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Works: 5  

Edvard Grieg - Bergliot, Op. 42
Edvard Grieg - Den Bergtekne (The Mountain Thrall), Op. 32
Edvard Grieg - Landkjenning (Land Sighting), Op. 31
Edvard Grieg - Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22
Edvard Grieg - Sørgemarsj over Rikard Nordraak (Nordraak's Funeral March), EG 107