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ROBERT RIEFLING
Norwegian pianist (1911 - 1988)



Robert Riefling, one of the leading Scandinavian pianists of the mid-century, had been a student of Wilhelm Kempff and Edwin Fischer in pre-WWII Germany.  During the war he was imprisoned in Norway by the occupying Nazis and it was during this time that he studied The Well Tempered Clavier by Bach for which he became so well known and highly regarded and which can be heard, in large part, if you follow the link.

Robert Riefling concertized extensively after the war performing and recording over 60 albums including the complete sonatas of Beethoven, and la number of sonatas by Haydn and Mozart.  He was a professor of piano at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Music, and was highly decorated by the governments of Norway, Denmark, and Germany.

In addition the Bach, Beethoven and other well known pieces performed by Robert Riefling, we are introduced to the work of two Norwegian composers: Fartein Valen (Riefling recorded the compete works for piano of this composer, whose atonal polyphony is a wonderful marriage of Bach and Schoenberg, and the second piano concerto by Klaus Egge, a composer to whose music I am not unfamiliar and have always quite liked.



Beethoven  Piano Concerto in G major, Op 58
Karsten Andersen conducting the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra


i Allegro moderato



ii Andante com moto



iii Rondo - Vivace




Beethoven  Piano Concerto 5 in E major, Op 73 "Emperor"
Gabriel Chmura conducting the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra


i Allegro



ii Adagio poco mosso



iii Rondo - Allegro




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 30 in E major, Op 109


i Vivace ma non troppo



ii Prestissimo



iii Gesangvoll, mit innigster empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 31 in A major, Op 110


i Moderato cantabile molto espressivo



ii Allegro molto



iii Adagio ma non troppo. Fuga - Allegro ma non troppo




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 32 in C minor, Op 111


i Maestoso. Allegro con brio ed appassionato ma non troppo



ii Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile




Grieg  Piano Sonata in E minor, Op 7

i Allegro moderato
04:34 ➢ ii Andante molto
08:38 ➢ iii Alla Menuetto
11:46 ➢ iv Finale. Molto allegro




Grieg  Ballade in G minor, Op 24

recorded in 1984


part 1



part 2




Fartein Valen (1887-1952)  Legend, Op 1

recorded in 1980




Fartein Valen  Piano Sonata 1, Op 2

i Allegro non troppo, ma con passione
09:35
  ii Adagio (doch nicht schleppend)
17:42   iii Allegro assai

recorded in 1980




Fartein Valen  Four Piano Pieces, Op 22

1 Nachtstück: Moderato
04:13 
➢ 2 Valse noble: Tempo di valse
05:56 ➢ 3 Lied ohne Worte: Andante
08:21 ➢ 4 Gigue: Allegro molto

recorded in 1980




Fartein Valen  Variations, Op 23

recorded in 1980




Fartein Valen  Gavotte and Musette, Op 24

recorded in 1980




Fartein Valen  Prelude and Fugue, Op 28

recorded in 1980




Fartein Valen  Two Preludes, Op 29

Prelude 1
04:47 
Prelude 2

recorded in 1980




Fartein Valen  Intermezzo, Op 36

recorded in 1980




Fartein Valen  Piano Sonata 2, Op 38

i Allegro maestoso
08:15
  ii Andante
14:38   iii Toccata - Allegro molto

recorded in 1980




Klaus Egge (1906-1979)  Piano Concerto 2, Op 21 (1944)
(symphonic variations and fugue on a Norwegian folk tune for piano and strings)

Øivin Fjeldstad conducting the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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