Davidsen and Andsnes do Greig

If one is a young Norwegian singer or collaborative pianist Greig’s songs offer a particular challenge.  It’s music that one grows up with and the canonical recordings will be familiar.  It’s a particular challenge too because, in some ways, Grieg’s approach to song is very modern.  In particular, his approach to the piano part is quite different from classical German lieder.  The piano rarely accompanies the singer.  Its role is independent and often seems primary.  Finding an approach that works then for both singer and pianist is non-trivial.  Certainly treating the works as “vocal showpieces” won’t work as it would completely unbalance the music.

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