The piano music of the Norwegian composer Eyvind Alnæs (1872–1932) shows the influence of Grieg and likewise marries an essentially lyric style with the melodies and rhythms of Norwegian folk-music; the later pieces add an awareness of Debussy and French Impressionism. The works on this CD – none of them recorded before – have an immediate appeal and easy charm, although Alnæs can also indulge in stormy virtuosity.
Erling R. Eriksen, piano
4 Klaverstykker (Four Piano Pieces), Op. 4 (c. 1895) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0067/TOCC0067t13.mp3
Trois Morceaux, Op. 32 (c. 1921) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0067/TOCC0067t17.mp3
Drei Klavierstücke (Three Piano Pieces), Op. 9 (c. 1900) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0067/TOCC0067t21.mp3
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Catalogue No: TOCC0067EAN/UPC: 5060113440679Release Date: 21.03.2011Composer: Eyvind Alnæs Artists: Erling R. Eriksen
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Paul Corfield Godfrey :
“…As the only disc in the catalogues giving a conspectus of Alnæs’s piano music it would be recommendable in its own right, but the excellent performances by Erling Eriksen and the superbly realistic recording give it value over and above that’ not that the music itself, with some exceptions, is always terribly original. …this CD will bear up well to any future competition. Eriksen manages even the most bravura passages – Alnæs was clearly no mean shakes as a pianist – with aplomb. Those who relish the piano music of Grieg and Sinding will be delighted to make the acquaintance of this music. …His music is rightly treasured in Norway, and deserves wider circulation.” MusicWeb International
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