1868 in Music

My music reviews for music published in 1868.

 

1. Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (8/10)

The Concerto is a definite crowd-pleaser, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Apparently it has a lot in common with the Schumann, but I wouldn’t know about that. I like these kind of overwrought, “here’s how awesome I am at the solo instrument” Romantic concerti. I have a real soft spot for them. And so this really appeals to me even though it’s obviously intended for showboating (and not for the “advancement of the art” or what have you).

 

2. Henri Duparc: “Chanson Triste” (8/10)

This is a pretty one, perhaps one of Duparc’s prettiest songs. Still slowly paced, but so much less laconic than some of his stuff.

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