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GRIEG Piano Concerto (2L60SABD)

GRIEG Piano Concerto
Percy Grainger, pianola re-performance
Kristiansand Symfoniorkester / Rolf Gupta

The magic of a "time machine" brings Percy Grainger's original performance back to life in this modern surround-sound recording with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rolf Gupta. Edvard Grieg himself bears witness to the validity and authenticity of Grainger's interpretation through his own enthusiastic endorsement:

"I had to become sixty-four years old to hear Norwegian piano music interpreted so understandingly and brilliantly. He breaks new ground for himself, for me, and for Norway. And then this enchanting, profound, serious, and childlike naturalness! What a joy to gain a young friend with such qualities!"

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Rolf Gupta / Kristiansand SymfoniorkesterIn 2007, conductor Rolf Gupta gave the first Norwegian performance of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor with the legendary Australian pianist Percy Grainger (1882-1961) as the posthumous soloist. On this recording, the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra accompanies Grainger's original and controversial interpretation of the concerto. In addition, the violinist Øyvind Bjorå and pianolist Rex Lawson perform Grieg's Violin Sonata in C minor. The recording also includes a handful of Grieg's Lyric Pieces, performed by the composer himself. Astonishingly, these performances have not been available to the public until now.

Two different instruments have facilitated Grainger's and Grieg's encounters with the KSO/Gupta in modern times. Grainger plays on a form of musical time machine, the Duo-Art reproducing piano, which is something like an analogue predecessor of the computer, powered by an electric suction pump, and controlled automatically by perforated rolls of paper. Grieg, on the other hand, has been restored to life by means of a foot-pedalled pianola, played by Rex Lawson. For this recording, both instruments were fitted in front of a Steinway concert grand piano and re-performed the playing of Grainger in 1921 and Grieg in 1906.


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DENON featuring 2L surround sound recordings

2L Denon screen 2L and msm-studios are now producing an exclusive Pure Audio Blu-ray disc for DENON: “Since DENON’s expertise is originally in the field of high-quality audio playback, we would like to promote our new high-class Blu-ray Players with 2L’s unique surround sound recordings. We would like to communicate a clear unique selling proposition, that Blu-ray is not only for brilliant video but also for outstanding AUDIO performance. The disc will be distributed to DENON sales representatives in most European countries for them to show the dealers and end consumers the benefits of DENON Blu-ray Players also in terms of Audio and not only video.” Sebastian Beyer, Marketing Communication Officer DENON Europe. - PDF

2L is testing a new shop interface for FLAC files:

The Nordic Sound

"The Norwegian label 2L is now arguably the finest recording group currently in operation with digital audio offerings that push the limits of technology. Blu-ray delivers an excellent medium for 24-bit/192 kHz PCM multichannel audio. 2L consistently shows throughout the tracks in The Nordic Sound that multichannel delivery trumps two-channel. Nearly all of the tracks reveal amazing samples of audio engineering as well as virtuoso musicianship. And these reference recordings offer an excellent opportunity to evaluate one's system. The sampler delivers a rich variety of tracks from TrondheimSolistene: Divertimenti, Mozart-Grieg: Works for Two Pianos, Vol. II, Magnar Am: Sonar and many more, allowing listeners to figure out which of 2L's offerings would be worth exploring in greater detail. Highest recommendation. " (Greg Maltz Blu-ray.com)

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