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Metier is very proud to introduce the first recording of Edvard Grieg's unfinished Piano Quintet, as completed masterfully by Michael Finnissy. Keeping closely within the bounds of the musical language known to Grieg, this new completion produces a 27-minute single-movement work of extreme quality. The second work on the CD takes Grieg's Quintet as its starting point and develops it gradually, adding more and more contemporary and free harmonies and melodic lines, as a modern-day 'reflection' on the original Quintet.

The internationally renowned Kreutzer Quartet again produce a masterful performance with pianist Roderick Chadwick.



Grieg Quintet (extract)







Edvard Grieg:
Piano Quintet in B flat major, EG118
Michael Finnissy:

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“This is fascinating and fun. The result is entirely convincing. The transformation (in the Quintettsatz) is masterly and utterly compelling, as are performance of both works from the Kreutzer Quartet and Roderick Chadwick. Strongly recommended.” Performance XXXXX Recording XXXXChristopher Dingle (BBC Music Magazine)

“Completions of Grieg are not unique – but this one is certainly rather special. Finnissy has achieved something of a triumph. The Kreutzer Quartet players have long been champions of Finnissy's music. In combination with Chadwick they are as eloquent as one could wish in the Piano Quintet completion, and skillfully negotiate the sudden stylistic shifts and non-sequiturs of Grieg-Quintettsatz: a notable addition to Finnissy's discography – and Edward Grieg's.” - Calum MacDonald (International Record Review)

“This disc reveals another side of Finnissy. His Grieg-Quintettsatz is a compassionately composed love letter in sound to Edvard Grieg written shortly after his stylistically faithful completion of the Piano Quintet. The Kreutzer Quartet and Roderick Chadwick play the game, an authentic mode of 19th century expression and refuses to acknowledge it's genuine fakeness. Attention-grabbing.” – Philip Clark (Gramophone)
“Here is a remarkable congruence of composers. [The completion of Grieg's Quintet] is a creative transfiguration of academic prowess and critical insight.” – Paul Driver (Sunday Times)
“The four sections [of Finnissy's completion of the Grieg Quintet] are seamlessly linked, The Quintettsatz is a moving tribute to the Norwegian master and a fascinating work in its own right. The playing from Roderick Chadwick and the Kreutzer Quartet is of course expert, but the whole disc is an unexpected serendipity.” – Robert Anderson (Daily Classical Music)
“[Grieg's original] 250 bars make for a very densely romantic work ...once you get used to the premises of the Finnissy reconstruction it is an impressive effort, rather remarkable in the way a composer of today can transport himself into a musical world so long past. Chadwick and the Kreutzer Quintet [ sic ] do a fine job with the performances. Finnissy creates music that sticks with you, creates a sort of time travel that shows ingenuity, even brilliance. An impressive effort!” – Grego Edwards (Gapplegate Contemporary Classical Music)
“The result [of Finnissy's completion of the Grieg] is music of ravishing beauty. [With the Quintettsatz] the result is a fascinating and highly rewarding meeting of minds, the Grieg gradually and gracefully giving way to Finnissy's contemporary idiom.” – Christian Morris (Composition Today)

“Due to the limited extend of the fragments, Michael Finnissy decided against a piece with multiple movements instead choosing the form of a chamber symphony with a single movement. The results are definitely worth listening to; in my opinion he succeeded in empathizing with Grieg's style. The lyrical, melancholic passages in particular could have originated from the Norwegian composer.” – Sonia Jüschke (