This is a very pleasing assortment from among Grieg's 66 short Lyric Pieces, written between 1866-1891. There were 6-8 pieces in each of the 10 "books", and this collection of 30 pieces contains selections from 9 of the books (there is no selection from Book 62 for some reason). Each and every one presented here is a pure delight, and represent Grieg's life-long desire to create a true Norwegian music genre derived from the folk music, dances, stories and natural environment of Norway. Every piece is evocative and the entire disc is delightful, thanks to the colorful and imaginative piano of Balazs Szokolay.
The words in Latin "Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy" might be affecting to someone with more belief than I have, and I confess are even touching to me who have nearly none, but I have at one time had many recordings of this little mass and they all have some opera lady singing the solo part in the Kyrie which was written for a little boy to sing - and they are stilted, poised and SUCK. But this recording has all the melancholy of adolescence with its thesis of sexual discovery and antithesis of gerontion or whatever. Anyway the boy in question, and this may be a little homo-erotic, but only subconsciously if at all, sounds like he is an aging chorister and his voice is about to change, and he sounds like he's in a bit of a pout (nasty priests can't keep their mits to themselves) and he starts off all alone singing, like a low growl kyrie almost baritone and then the clouds burst open in sunshine and the sweetest ANGEL alto honey spray ELEISON. God, it is the most beautiful thing in the world.