Edvard Grieg

An den Frühling (To Spring), lyric piece for piano, Op. 43/6

    Description by Robert Cummings

    As Grieg mavens are aware, the Lyric Pieces (66) often deal with subjects relating to nature, and stylistically many also augur the Impressionist school Debussy would usher in around the turn of the twentieth century. To Spring is both pastoral and Impressionistic, and also one of the composer's more popular Lyric Pieces. But it may be its wistful character and hints of the intimate kind of lyricism found in Liszt, and even in Rachmaninov (who was not yet actively composing), that have made this work popular.

    To Spring opens with a highly imaginative depiction of waterfalls, as upper-register notes flutter and nervously fill the sonic landscape, their splashes and droplets surrounding a beautiful, somewhat angular main theme. While this melody has a winding but not particularly wide path, it also exudes an innate lyrical warmth in its rises and falls, a warmth that softens all edges and allows in a few beams of sunshine. Gradually the music builds, developing a head of tension, and then the melody takes on a more Romantic, more robust expressive manner, looking backward now rather than forward to Debussy. Spring has reached its flowering here, it would seem, and the music then fades quietly and the piece ends serenely.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Menuetto Classics
    2018 APR (Appian) APR 7309
    2017 Decca / Eloquence ELQ 4826291
    2017 ABC Classics
    2017 Somm SOMMCD 0176
    2016 Deutsche Grammophon 4830395
    2016 Deutsche Grammophon 4794631
    2015 Danacord DACOCD 738
    2015 Connoisseur Society CS 4276
    2015 Hyperion CDA 68070
    2014 Alto ALC 1218
    2014 K-Tel 135917
    2014 APR (Appian) APR 7401
    2013 EMI / EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099943332
    2013 Blue Griffin Recording BGR 297
    2013 APR (Appian) 6013
    2012 Atoll ACD 208
    2012 Musicus M 1009
    2012 Brilliant Classics 94402
    2012 Music & Melody 5015
    2012 K-Tel 53549
    2012 Cerulean / Cerulean Sound
    2011 Simax 1299
    2011 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2011 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler 9063
    2011 Piano 21 21028
    2011 ZYX / ZYX Music CLA 101232
    2011 Somerset Entertainment 54954
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    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099968582
    2010 ZYX 10096-2
    2010 Music & Melody MUS 50022
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    2010 AAO Music
    2009 Royal Philharmonic Masterworks 28140
    2009 Appian 7302
    2009 Sony Classical / Sony Classical UK 88697491432
    2009 ZYX / ZYX Music 10073
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    2004 Cello Classics 1010
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    1999 Madacy 9507
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    1998 Platinum Disc / Platinum Entertainment 1057
    1998 Intersound 2814
    1998 Philips 462 699-2PM2
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    1997 BBC Music WMEM 00042
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    1995 Madacy Distribution / GMS Records / Madacy LPC-7610
    1995 RCA Victor 61649
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    1991 Naxos 551121
    Madacy 4564
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    Exultate 81
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    EMI Music Distribution 66403
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    Brilliant Classics 92759
    Resonance CDRSN3068
    Laserlight 15994
    Brilliant 93180/23
    Brilliant 92379/3
    Art of Classics 885916