Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op. 46 / Suite No. 2, Op. 55 / Holberg Suite, Op. 40

January 1, 2007 | Format: MP3

$8.99
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2:43
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3:55
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3:25
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5:54
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3:59
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3:46
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5:20
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4:19
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4:09
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3:22
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2:25
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3:45
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4:48
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2:24
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5:11
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16
3:25
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3:27
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2007
  • Label: haenssler CLASSIC
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 haenssler CLASSIC
  • Total Length: 1:06:17
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  • ASIN: B002VQ76J4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,424 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Barnard on February 16, 2010
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This album contains some of the best Romantic orchestral music ever written. Although Grieg rarely succeeded in writing a truly successful orchestral piece, when he did, the result was wonderful. This album contains two of these masterpieces: the Peer Gynt Suites and the Holberg Suite. [The other one is, somewhat obviously, his Piano Concerto.] These three suites are all filled with the lovely, soothing melodies that are Grieg's own.

The Holberg Suite was written on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Danish-Norwegian playwright Ludvig Holberg, and it is given the subtitle "Suite in the Olden Style." Although the suite does have a few things about it that gives it an "olden" feel, this piece is very Romantic. Marriner does an astounding job on this piece. At the start of the Prelude, there is exhilaration and a wonderfully "full" sound coming from his orchestra. Marriner gives excitement where needed, but also a very lyric, mellow sound.

In the Peer Gynt Suites, Marriner once again shines. Marriner brings out the famous melodies in a very profound way. One of the things that always impresses me about Marriner is that he can be lyrically beautiful and relaxing and very exciting, but he is never strained. The Peer Gynt Suites on this album are no exception. The first suite is by far the more well known of the two, with the ever-famous "Morning," but the second suite is also well worth listening to, especially "Solveig's Song."

To summarize, this album is highly recommended. You will not regret buying it; and, in fact, you will be missing out on a lot if you don't.
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The review by Andrew R. Barnard does a great job of describing this album. I'll simply try to add some complementary remarks.

Years ago I purchased Neeme Järvi's Peer Gynt, and it's fantastic. Järvi's recording is for theater orchestra, meaning you get vocals as well as orchestra. While I thoroughly enjoy the recording, there are times when I want to hear the orchestra on its own, and I've been searching on and off for such a recording that matches Järvi's. Many have failed, but Marriner succeeds. The pacing and tempi are perfect. The music never sounds rushed, but at the same time, is not held back inappropriately. Marriner is in top control with this work. I love his Peer Gynt.

Holberg Suite (or From Holberg's Time) is similarly great. Mr. Barnard nailed the description.

The remaining material (Two Elegiac Melodies and Two Lyric Pieces) is beautiful. Not bombastic like In The Hall of the Mountain King (not that you'd expect it from their descriptions), these pieces are lyrical and tender. Grieg could write gorgeous music, and he did just that here. The disc would have been 5 stars (if a bit short) with just Holberg and Peer Gynt; but those plus the extras present a collection that you simply must have.
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