Performed at ESME's Summer concert 2013.
ESME are the English-Speaking Music Ensembles, based in Munich, Germany.
Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor is one of the most popular piano concertos of all time. Before writing this concerto, Grieg spent some time in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig where the music of Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann made a lasting impression on him. On his return to his native Norway, he began to explore Norwegian folk music. This concerto lies firmly within the romantic period while at the same time giving the impression of rural Norway. The distinctive opening of the movement should be very familiar. After a dramatic timpani roll, the piano enters with a cascade of A minor chords. There are some beautiful expressive melodies, played by the piano and other solo instruments, as well as some very powerful sections for the whole orchestra. After a dazzling piano cadenza, the cascading chords are repeated and draw the movement to a close.