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Grieg: Peer Gynt; Excerpts from the Incidental Music


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With the soprano solos and choral numbers, but with none of the spoken parts, Esa-Pekka Salonen's account is a good compromise on the "completeness" issue. Incisive and athletic in his approach, Salonen also shows plenty of finesse and a good ear--but not the overall grasp and emotional sensitivity of Herbert Blomstedt. --Ted Libbey

1. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Prelude: In the Wedding Garden
2. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: The Bridal Procession Passes
3. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Halling
4. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Spring Dance
5. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Prelude: The Abduction - Ingrid's Lament
6. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: In the Hall of the Mountain King
7. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Dance of the Mountain King's Daughter
8. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Prelude: Deep in the Coniferous Forest
9. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Solvejg's Song
10. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Åse's Death
11. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Prelude: Morning Mood
12. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Arab Dance
13. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Anitra's Dance
14. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Solvejg's Song
15. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Prelude: Peer Gynt's Journey Home
16. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Solvejg's Song in the Hut
17. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Song of the Churchgoers
18. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Solvejg's Lullaby

Product Details

  • Performer: Barbara Hendricks
  • Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Composer: Edvard Grieg
  • Audio CD (February 28, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CBS Masterworks / Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026NT
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Fenderson on July 7, 2000
This 'incidental music' is by no means incidental. The more than 20 pieces in this collection are equally dramatic and at the same time diverse. In the symphony hall we are used to hearing just a few of these pieces in the two usual suites (#1 and #2). After hearing this recording you will realize you have been robbed all these years. Salonen brings a warmth to this legend so that these characters are somehow personable and human. (His scholarship in Scandinavian mthys and legends has paid off!) But the music exhibits such force that you cannot help but be moved. If you have not heard "In the Hall of the Mountain King" with full choir (as is performed here) then you have never fully experienced this famous piece. Also the plaintive folk violin and the angelically human solos will make you wonder why you have never heard them in this form. This is the only version of Peer Gynt worth buying, even though some of the other recordings are quite good, too. They are simply incomplete in every way. And besides, this Scandinavian collection of musicians can pull this off as no others can.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pater Ecstaticus on February 16, 2006
... beside the new recording of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paavo Jarvi. Although I must here confess I have never listened to (and can't compare them with) any of the five other more or less complete recordings of this work, namely those by Neeme Jarvi [27 cues; DGG], Marriner [only 12 cues; EMI], Tate [17 cues; EMI], Blomstedt [19 cues; Decca], Dreier [the first truly complete recording of all of the original music (1978); 32 cues (including three 'Norwegian Dances' not originally written for Peer Gynt); Unicorn UKCD; NKFCD] and Ruud [the first complete recording with 29 cues plus all of the dialogue, making a total of 51 cues, coming up on 113 minutes; BIS]. This review is necessarily incomplete as a result, and for this I apologize.
Anyhow, I HAVE also listened to the delightful album by Maestro Paavo Jarvi, and it has at least one advantage over this recording in that it offers even more of the music and singing in its original stage-play form. The only big difference between these albums with respect to 'originality' - apart from the absence of some musical pieces on the Salonen recording - lies in 'Solveig's Lullaby', which on the Jarvi album is interlaced with parts of the 'Whitsun Hymn' that preceded it (as it is in the original stage play-music?).
This recording by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen is IMHO a great testimonial to Edvard Hagerup Grieg's (1843-1907) art. And not in the latest place to the truthful and what I would like to call 'Nordic' vision of the conductor.
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