French composer Olivier Greif ( 1950 - 2000 )

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French composer Olivier Greif ( 1950 - 2000 )

Post by Rach3 » Thu Apr 22, 2021 6:47 pm

A new composer, music for me.Olivier Greif ( 1950 -2000). Very powerful, will require more hearings, these my first ,today :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqVhWaJMnP0 Concerto for Two Violins,Cello,Piano and Orchestra, “La Danse des Morts”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXwCqHbHw50 Piano Sonata No.15, “Sonate de Guerre”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhurPYL4IYk “Sonate de Requiem “ , for cello and piano

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ6zsVst1yQ Piano Trio


Per Wiki ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivier_Greif ) :

“ Olivier Greif (3 January 1950, Paris – 13 May 2000, Paris) was a French composer of Polish-Jewish parentage. His father was an Auschwitz survivor, which led Greif to compose a number of Holocaust-themed works, including Todesfuge and Lettres de Westerbork, a song cycle which uses letters written by Etty Hillesum.

Greif began composing at the age of 9 and studied at the Paris Conservatoire and the Juilliard School. He is best known for his solo piano music and songs for voice. He left over 360 works completed at his death, along with several still in progress.

His career was spent teaching composition and directing music festivals such as the Académie-Festival des Arcs.

Greif's music is rooted in the late twentieth century tonal styles of Benjamin Britten and Dmitri Shostakovich with a strong element of folk music, as well as a gestural affinity for Franz Liszt. There is often a dark colouration to the sound, with a favoring of minor modes even in the context of works with a major pull to their tonality. His 23 sonatas for the piano have not been recorded as a complete cycle, and many of his works have been played only once.

His works include the Sonate de Requiem for cello and piano, a cello concerto entitled Durch Adams Fall, four string quartets, the Petite Messe Noire, the chamber opera Nô, and a set of 23 études for piano.”

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Re: French composer Olivier Greif ( 1950 - 2000 )

Post by Rach3 » Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:00 am

After second hearings, I think I will acquire the Harmonia Mundi cd that contains the "Sonate de Requiem" and Piano Trio.The Piano Sonata 15 has apparently not been recorded, otherwise I would acquire that work as well. Enjoyed, but will not acquire the Concerto.

There are other of his works at YT , not just the 4 I listed.

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Re: French composer Olivier Greif ( 1950 - 2000 )

Post by maestrob » Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:39 pm

Looks interesting, Rach3! I will certainly investigate these. Thanks.

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Re: French composer Olivier Greif ( 1950 - 2000 )

Post by maestrob » Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:21 pm

Tried the Trio and the Concerto today. Gave up rather quickly.

Not my cuppa, I'm afraid.

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Re: French composer Olivier Greif ( 1950 - 2000 )

Post by Rach3 » Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:37 pm

maestrob wrote:
Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:21 pm
Tried the Trio and the Concerto today. Gave up rather quickly.

Not my cuppa, I'm afraid.
NO problem ! Thanks for listening. Fww, I think the “Requiem” Sonata is the “best”of the four I linked, although the Trio has grown on me.

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