Following their acclaimed recording of Percy Grainger’s Folk Songs in 2017, soprano Claire Booth and pianist Christopher Glynn reunite to celebrate the musical genius of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. This latest collaboration showcases the intimacy, variety and passion of Grieg’s vocal works for soprano and piano, released this Friday (6th September) on Avie Records. The disc is centred around his song cycle ‘Haugtussa’ (‘The Mountain Maid’), enveloped by a collection of shorter yet equally powerful songs and solo piano works.
“Interspersing intimate vocal miniatures with lyrical solo piano pieces, Claire and Christopher mirror many of the programmes that Grieg and his wife Nina performed on their many recital tours together. Each of the works on Lyric Music tells a story, as does the album as a whole, ranging in mood from bright, youthful innocence to shades of twilight. Sung in the original Norwegian, Claire’s and Christopher’s performances are as evocative as Norway’s varied landscape.” – Avie Records
‘Lyric Music’ is available to purchase using the following link: http://www.avie-records.com/releases/edvard-grieg-lyric-music/
Claire and Christopher will also be performing Grieg’s ‘Haugtussa’ and other works live at this year’s Oxford Lieder Festival on Friday 11th October, as part of an Edvard Grieg study event! Tickets may be purchased here: https://www.oxfordlieder.co.uk/event/1010