Michael Finnissy on his completion of Grieg’s Piano Quintet-Performance at Wiltons and SOUNDBOX at the RAM

Posted on November 22nd, 2011 by

Michael Finnissy’s work with Grieg’s unfinished Piano Quintet is nothing short of astounding. This page serves as a sort of ‘reverse diary’ of the development of this astonishing work-one great composer in conversation with another!

November 13th 2012-a first edit

A fantastic day working with engineer Jonathan Haskell on the first of the two movements-Michael’s continuation of Grieg’s unresolved exposition into a fabulous 30 minutes of colour and drama.

Grieg/Finnissy-Piano Quintet Movement. Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde), Roderick Chadwick-Piano, (musical supervision-Michael Finnissy)

Recording Finnissy-Grieg -Quintet 16th June 2012-Steyning

Just having finished day one of recording this miraculous communication between composers across the century. What a privilege to be part of this.

Edvard Grieg – Completed Michael Finnissy- Piano Quintet (outtakes)Kreutzer Quartet with Roderick Chadwick. Engineer-Jonathan Haskell, with the composer wonderfully in charge!

Mihailo Trandafilovski (Kreutzer Quartet) with Roderick Chadwick (Piano), Michael Finnissy, and composer Peter Dayton

Michael Finnissy-‘Grieg Quintettsatz’

Kreutzer Quartet

Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde

Live at Wilton’s Music Hall 10th June 2008

Recording courtesy of Colin Still (optic nerve )

 LINK-Grieg Quartet Op 27-same concert!

Composer to Composer-Michael Finnissy on his completion of Grieg’s Piano Quintet

Michael Finnissy listening. London 2009. Photo; Richard Bram

SOUNDBOX 10-6-2008 Royal Academy of Music Museum

Kreutzer Quartet

Roderick Chadwick-Piano

Michael Finnissy

NB Workshop audio recording extracted from video





1.Grieg Original, Finnissy intervention 

2.Finnissy discusses the working process

3.Finnissy’s compositional response-intervention from Roy Howat

4.Finnissy approaches the material his way

5.The same thing with different notes


LINK-Michael Finnissy-2nd Quartet