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It is interesting to note recently how organists are turning to transcriptions to demonstrate new concert hall organs. This premiere recording of the new Ryde & Berg organ in Stavanger’s concert hall is no exception, and Nils Henrik Asheim turns primarily to Norway’s national treasure: Edvard Grieg. Asheim succesfully transforms the piano Ballad in the form of variations on a Norwegian folksong into a colourful musical tableau. The other composer featured, Grier Tveitt, was born the year after Grieg’s death. Some of his orchestral Hardanger Tunes are arranged here, and these fun character pieces continue to paint a musical picture of this region of Norway and its folk traditions.

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