CD: Håvard Gimse / Royal Scottish National Orchestra 'Grieg, Piano Concerto', The Observer

The Observer 23 May 2004

25/05/2004 ::  

Havard Gimse (piano) Royal Scottish National Orchestra/ Engeset (Naxos 8.557279)
Also available on SACD and DVD, this blistering performance fulfils the promise shown in the music of their fellow Norwegian Geirr Tveitt by the exciting partnership of pianist Havard Gimse and conductor Bjarte Engeset. Generating immense excitement from those celebrated open ing bars, Gimse proves himself equally capable of delicate lyricism in an exquisite rendition of the immortal adagio. Coupled with fine playing from the RSNO in the Concert Overture 'In Autumn' and the four Symphonic Dances, Op. 64, this is a thrilling addition to the catalogue, suggesting there's more than merely geographical proximity between the Scottish and Nordic souls.

Anthony Holden

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