|Edvard Grieg, 1891 painting by Eilif Petersse|
to build dwellings for men in which they might feel
happy and at home.” ~ Edvard Grieg ~
Edvard Grieg, the great Norwegian composer/pianist from the Romantic period is probably most identified with his incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt, which was subsequently adapted into two suites of music that contained the highly identifiable selections, “Morning Mood,” “Solveig's Song” and "In the Hall of the Mountain King."
Grieg was not only an accomplished pianist, but a composer of many other works, that when heard, never fail to paint vivid landscapes of his country by combining classical traditions with native folk music.
An excellent example of this melding of musical styles is present in Grieg’s Sonata no. 3 in C minor for Violin and Piano, 2nd Movement, “Allegretto expressivo alla Romanza.”
The piece is lush and lyrical. The piano and violin easily converse and compliment one another while bringing forth romantic images.
The recording below is a superb interpretation by two young artists, violinist David Radzynski, a graduate student at the Yale School of Music, and Israeli pianist Ron Trachtman.
The sonata, one of three composed by Grieg, was the artist’s favorite and was completed in 1887.
The recording by Radzynski and Trachtman was taken from a live performance at the Jerusalem Music Center, May 19, 2009.