A rainy day. The wind is howling. A man is alone at home. He has just lit a fire in the fireplace. He makes himself a cup of tea. Desperate efforts to feel better when he feels miserable. He is lonely. He stares out of the window at the rain, at the clouds at nothing. He is waiting and he doesn’t know what he’s waiting for. Life? Death? Salvation? Can you picture it? Here’s the soundtrack matching the beginning of this unfolding drama: Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Pieces, Op. 54, in their orchestrated version.
This sunset makes me a little nostalgic. A week at the Channel. A cozy evening in a beachhouse. Dinner outside, tea and cookies inside when the fresh land breeze had set in. Reading, chatting, watching the sun, the few seconds it takes to disappear, that magic afterglow in the sky. And Edvard Grieg. A happy moment.
Here is a little gem. In many respects. A wonderful piece. Extraordinary artists. Add the two and you get a great musical moment. The piece: Sonata in A minor for Cello and Piano, op. 36, written by Edvard Grieg. The artists: Françoise Groben playing the cello and Alfredo Perl at the piano. Perl is a Chilean-German pianist and conductor, known for his Beethoven interpretations. Mrs. Groben was a Luxembourg cellist, no, she was THE Luxembourg cellist.
The first cadences could well illustrate the moment a discoverer’s ship leaves the port of Oslo: majestic, full of hope, peaceful. But Edvard Grieg had something totally different in mind when he composed the “Holberg Suite”, op. 40. He had been tasked to write a piece to commemorate the 200th birthday of the Danish poet Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754). Continue reading!