Eva Knardahl

Grieg: The Complete Music for Piano [Box Set]

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AllMusic Review by James Leonard

While no one but a Grieg completist would aspire to hear all 12 discs in this collection of the Norwegian composer's entire oeuvre for piano, anyone who loves the late Romantic composer's music will surely enjoy dipping into it now and again. For one thing, no composer in the second half of the nineteenth century could beat Grieg when it came to writing character pieces for the piano. In the 10 books of Lyric Pieces, the four anthologies of Norwegian folk songs and dances, and the many small collections of Humoresques and poetic tone pictures, Grieg proved himself a master at catching a mood or evoking an image in instantly memorable melodies, thoroughly enchanting harmonies, and absolutely irresistible rhythms. For another thing, no pianist in the second half of the twentieth century could beat the late Eva Knardahl (1927-2006) when it came to capturing the poetic essence of Grieg's appeal. Expressed through a supple tone and a strong technique, Knardahl's obvious love of the music radiates from every note of every performance. While older listeners may recall with fondness Walter Gieseking or Emil Giles' earlier Grieg recordings, no one would deny that Knardahl is more comfortable than they with the intimate scale of the music -- and that her performances are ultimately much more emotionally satisfying. With the inclusion of not only Knardahl's masterful performance of the final version of the Piano Concerto but also Love Derwinger's persuasive performance of the original version plus Derwinger's performances of the solo piano works Knardahl didn't record, this collection may not be mandatory for everyone who loves late Romantic piano music, but it is obligatory for anyone who loves Grieg -- even if to only dip into it now and again. Recorded mostly in the late '70s and early '80s, BIS' sound is amazingly clean, rich, and warm.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Lyric Pieces (8) for piano, Book 1, Op. 12
1 Eva Knardahl 01:02 Amazon
2 Eva Knardahl 01:51 Amazon
3 Eva Knardahl 02:33 Amazon
4 Eva Knardahl 00:52 Amazon
5 Eva Knardahl 01:50 Amazon
6 Eva Knardahl 01:04 Amazon
7 Eva Knardahl 01:35 Amazon
8 Eva Knardahl 01:47 Amazon
Lyric Pieces (8) for piano, Book 2, Op. 38
9 Eva Knardahl 02:30 Amazon
10 Eva Knardahl 01:45 Amazon
11 Eva Knardahl 02:05 Amazon
12 Eva Knardahl 00:49 Amazon
13 Eva Knardahl 01:24 Amazon
14 Eva Knardahl 02:49 Amazon
15 Eva Knardahl 01:05 Amazon
16 Eva Knardahl 04:31 Amazon
Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 43
17 Eva Knardahl 01:51 Amazon
18 Eva Knardahl 02:43 Amazon
19 Eva Knardahl 02:04 Amazon
20 Eva Knardahl 02:08 Amazon
21 Eva Knardahl 02:53 Amazon
22 Eva Knardahl 02:56 Amazon
Lyric Pieces (7) for piano, Book 4, Op. 47
23 Eva Knardahl 03:31 Amazon
24 Eva Knardahl 03:57 Amazon
25 Eva Knardahl 02:59 Amazon
26 Eva Knardahl 01:29 Amazon
27 Eva Knardahl 03:45 Amazon
28 Eva Knardahl 01:24 Amazon
29 Eva Knardahl 03:57 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 8, Op. 65
1 Eva Knardahl 05:22 Amazon
2 Eva Knardahl 01:39 Amazon
3 Eva Knardahl 03:36 Amazon
4 Eva Knardahl 02:15 Amazon
5 Eva Knardahl 03:13 Amazon
6 Eva Knardahl 07:12 Amazon
Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 9, Op. 68
7 Eva Knardahl 01:31 Amazon
8 Eva Knardahl 02:08 Amazon
9 Eva Knardahl 02:43 Amazon
10 Eva Knardahl 03:17 Amazon
11 Eva Knardahl 02:30 Amazon
12 Eva Knardahl 03:50 Amazon
Lyric Pieces (7) for piano, Book 10, Op. 71
13 Eva Knardahl 05:02 Amazon
14 Eva Knardahl 02:31 Amazon
15 Eva Knardahl 01:56 Amazon
16 Eva Knardahl 05:22 Amazon
17 Eva Knardahl 03:06 Amazon
18 Eva Knardahl 02:34 Amazon
19 Eva Knardahl 02:11 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 1
1 Eva Knardahl 01:38 Amazon
2 Eva Knardahl 04:51 Amazon
3 Eva Knardahl 03:38 Amazon
4 Eva Knardahl 03:46 Amazon
Poetic Tone-Pictures (6) for piano, Op. 3
5 Eva Knardahl 01:46 Amazon
6 Eva Knardahl 01:44 Amazon
7 Eva Knardahl 02:08 Amazon
8 Eva Knardahl 02:58 Amazon
9 Eva Knardahl 01:27 Amazon
10 Eva Knardahl 00:58 Amazon
Humoresques (4) for piano, Op. 6
11 Eva Knardahl 02:56 Amazon
12 Eva Knardahl 02:41 Amazon
13 Eva Knardahl 02:23 Amazon
14 Eva Knardahl 03:41 Amazon
Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 7
15 Eva Knardahl 04:54 Amazon
16 Eva Knardahl 04:52 Amazon
17 Eva Knardahl 03:14 Amazon
18 Eva Knardahl 07:18 Amazon
19 Eva Knardahl 07:41 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances (25) for piano, Op. 17
1 Eva Knardahl 00:55 Amazon
2 Eva Knardahl 00:50 Amazon
3 Eva Knardahl 00:45 Amazon
4 Eva Knardahl 01:23 Amazon
5 Eva Knardahl 01:38 Amazon
6 Eva Knardahl 01:31 Amazon
7 Eva Knardahl 00:51 Amazon
8 Eva Knardahl 00:39 Amazon
9 Eva Knardahl 01:29 Amazon
10 Eva Knardahl 01:09 Amazon
11 Eva Knardahl 01:08 Amazon
12 Eva Knardahl 01:32 Amazon
13 Eva Knardahl 01:04 Amazon
14 Eva Knardahl 01:22 Amazon
15 Eva Knardahl 01:39 Amazon
16 Eva Knardahl 01:30 Amazon
17 Eva Knardahl 01:16 Amazon
18 Eva Knardahl 02:10 Amazon
19 Eva Knardahl 00:47 Amazon
20 Eva Knardahl 00:30 Amazon
21 Eva Knardahl 00:39 Amazon
22 Eva Knardahl 00:57 Amazon
23 Eva Knardahl 01:21 Amazon
24 Eva Knardahl 00:50 Amazon
25 Eva Knardahl 01:25 Amazon
Folkelivsbilleder (Scenes from Folk Life) (3) for piano, Op. 19
26 Eva Knardahl 05:38 Amazon
27 Eva Knardahl 03:25 Amazon
28 Eva Knardahl 07:14 Amazon
Album Leaves (4) for piano, Op. 28
29 Eva Knardahl 02:19 Amazon
30 Eva Knardahl 02:42 Amazon
31 Eva Knardahl 02:51 Amazon
32 Eva Knardahl 04:33 Amazon
Improvisations on Two Norwegian Folk Songs, for piano, Op. 29
33 Eva Knardahl 03:16 Amazon
34 Eva Knardahl 04:53 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Norwegian Folk Songs (19) for piano, Op. 66
1 Eva Knardahl 01:18 Amazon
2 Eva Knardahl 01:01 Amazon
3 Eva Knardahl 00:54 Amazon
4 Eva Knardahl 00:57 Amazon
5 Eva Knardahl 02:20 Amazon
6 Eva Knardahl 01:36 Amazon
7 Eva Knardahl 00:53 Amazon
8 Eva Knardahl 01:04 Amazon
9 Eva Knardahl 01:01 Amazon
10 Eva Knardahl 01:20 Amazon
11 Eva Knardahl 01:14 Amazon
12 Eva Knardahl 00:24 Amazon
13 Eva Knardahl 00:49 Amazon
14 Eva Knardahl 02:45 Amazon
15 Eva Knardahl 02:16 Amazon
16 Eva Knardahl 01:01 Amazon
17 Eva Knardahl 02:22 Amazon
18 Eva Knardahl 05:00 Amazon
19 Eva Knardahl 01:06 Amazon
Song Transcriptions (6) for piano, Op. 41
20 Eva Knardahl 02:02 Amazon
21 Eva Knardahl 03:15 Amazon
22 Eva Knardahl 03:16 Amazon
23 Eva Knardahl 01:20 Amazon
24 Eva Knardahl 05:06 Amazon
25 Eva Knardahl 02:37 Amazon
Song Transcriptions (6) for piano, Op. 52
26 Eva Knardahl 02:53 Amazon
27 Eva Knardahl 03:23 Amazon
28 Eva Knardahl 01:50 Amazon
29 Eva Knardahl 04:41 Amazon
30 Eva Knardahl 02:29 Amazon
31 Eva Knardahl 03:30 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Slåtter (Norwegian Peasant Dances) (17) for piano, Op. 72
1 Eva Knardahl 02:44 Amazon
2 Eva Knardahl 02:18 Amazon
3 Eva Knardahl 02:49 Amazon
4 Eva Knardahl 04:00 Amazon
5 Eva Knardahl 01:07 Amazon
6 Eva Knardahl 01:16 Amazon
7 Eva Knardahl 04:35 Amazon
8 Eva Knardahl 02:47 Amazon
9 Eva Knardahl 01:09 Amazon
10 Eva Knardahl 01:23 Amazon
11 Eva Knardahl 02:30 Amazon
12 Eva Knardahl 01:15 Amazon
13 Eva Knardahl 01:52 Amazon
14 Eva Knardahl 02:09 Amazon
15 Eva Knardahl 02:19 Amazon
16 Eva Knardahl 01:29 Amazon
17 Eva Knardahl 01:39 Amazon
Stimmungen (Moods) (7) for piano, Op. 73
18 Eva Knardahl 01:40 Amazon
19 Eva Knardahl 02:48 Amazon
20 Eva Knardahl 05:33 Amazon
21 Eva Knardahl 02:55 Amazon
22 Eva Knardahl 02:03 Amazon
23 Eva Knardahl 03:17 Amazon
24 Eva Knardahl 04:25 Amazon
Pieces (3) for piano, EG 110-112 (edited by Julius Röntgen)
25 Eva Knardahl 04:53 Amazon
26 Eva Knardahl 02:02 Amazon
27 Eva Knardahl 05:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 11

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
1 Eva Knardahl 13:09 Amazon
2 Eva Knardahl 06:37 Amazon
3 Eva Knardahl 10:53 Amazon
4 Eva Knardahl 01:12 Amazon
Small Pieces (23) for piano, EG 104
5 Eva Knardahl 00:51 Amazon
6 Eva Knardahl 01:02 Amazon
7 Eva Knardahl 00:52 Amazon
8 Eva Knardahl 01:12 Amazon
9 Eva Knardahl 01:05 Amazon
10 Eva Knardahl 01:37 Amazon
11 Eva Knardahl 02:24 Amazon
12 Eva Knardahl 00:57 Amazon
13 Eva Knardahl 01:02 Amazon
14 Eva Knardahl 00:55 Amazon
15 Eva Knardahl 00:58 Amazon
16 Eva Knardahl 01:03 Amazon
17 Eva Knardahl 00:44 Amazon
18 Eva Knardahl 01:26 Amazon
19 Eva Knardahl 00:55 Amazon
20 Eva Knardahl 01:28 Amazon
21 Eva Knardahl 01:55 Amazon
22 Eva Knardahl 00:48 Amazon
23 Eva Knardahl 01:42 Amazon
24 Eva Knardahl 01:19 Amazon