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listen  1. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - Act 1 - PreludeSan Francisco Symphony 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.4. Ingrid's LamentSan Francisco Symphony 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.5. Peer Gynt and the herd girlsSan Francisco Symphony 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.8. In the hall of the Mountain KingSan Francisco Symphony 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.9. Dance of the Mountain King's daughterSan Francisco Symphony 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.10. Peer Gynt hunted by the Trolls. No.11. The BoygSan Francisco Symphony 7:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.12. The death of AseSan Francisco Symphony 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.13. Morning moodSan Francisco Symphony 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.14. The thief and the receiverSan Francisco Symphony 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.15. Arabian danceSan Francisco Symphony 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.16. Anitra's danceSan Francisco Symphony 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.17. Peer Gynt's serenadeSan Francisco Symphony 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.19. Solveig's songSan Francisco Symphony 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.21.Peer Gynt's homecoming. Stormy evening on the seaSan Francisco Symphony 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.22. The ShipwreckSan Francisco Symphony 1:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.23. Solveig sings in the hutSan Francisco Symphony 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.24. Night sceneSan Francisco Symphony 6:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.25. Whitsun hymn: "O blessed morning"San Francisco Symphony 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.26. Solveig's cradle songSan Francisco Symphony 6:42$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Composer: Edvard Grieg
  • Audio CD (January 16, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Classics
  • ASIN: B0000041VN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There are many positive reasons for getting the complete Peer Gynt music, as opposed to just the two suites. In the first place, if you like singing, you get the vocal parts. There's also a lot of really fine and exciting music that's not included in the suites. On the other hand, if dialogue in Norwegian makes you crazy (there isn't really that much of it), you might want to stick with the more traditional excerpts. This performance of the complete score is excitingly detailed, and extremely well played and sung by all the participants. I enjoy hearing the music in both forms, depending on my mood; perhaps you will too. --David Hurwitz

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SJR on June 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Because Grieg is one of my favorite composers, I was delighted to get the complete incidental music to Ibsen's play and not just the standard Suites 1 and 2. Blomstedt and the San Francisco Symphony do a fine job of conveying the many moods of Grieg's masterpiece. Listeners need to be prepared to hear singing and dialogue in Norwegian, but its inclusion gives the performance an operatic feel. For those of you familiar with Suites 1 and 2, give a listen to "Peer Gynt Hunted by the Trolls", a highly dramatic work;then, listen to the solemnity of "Blessed Morn" and "Solveig's Cradle Song". I think this CD will enhance your enjoyment of Peer Gynt all the more.
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This extensive selection from Grieg's masterpiece, which omits only six numbers out of a total of 26, was greeted by the Gramophone in 1990 as the best choice. Blomstedt is unusually passionate, delivering large-scale readings of the most dramatic music. Back then the San Francisco Sym. outclassed its rivals for sheer ability, as it still does even after a handful of complete and nearly complete Peer Gynts have appeared. Decca's sound is vivid and close-up, and the vocal soloists add a note of rustic roughness that is true to the tone of Ibsen's play. There are snippets of dialogue in Norwegian delivered by an actor who voices Ibsen's fantastic scamp of an anti-hero. But there's not overly much Norwegian to contend with here; I sympathize with anyone who finds long stretches of this sing-song language irritating. but here it's the right idiom and fits both drama and music perfectly.

I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and felt fully drawn into Peer's adventures. There's no reason to hesitate on that score -- this is one of Blomstedt's best things from his tenure in San Francisco. the only caveat is that one isn't fully drawn into Ibsen's world. As wonderful as Grieg's score is -- nothing in the ranks of incidental music comes close except for Beethoven's Egmont and Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream -- the exploits of Peer Gynt have their own life, and strange as the play is, it too is a masterpiece.So I hope devotees of the music will seek out one of the two-disc sets that offer more of the drama. It's easy to do that while avoiding Norwegian because there's an impressive English account, with distinguished British actors, conducted by Guillaume Tourniaire on the Aeon label. It lacks the polish of Blomstedt's musicians but is in every way an engrossing experience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1999
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Not much of a vocal fan (I'm into Bach & Mozort intrumental) I was scanning through the titles of this CD for the well know Mountain King part. It's all good & very professional, but when I heard the voice of Mari-Anne Haeggander in the track Solveigs' Song I was bowled over and very much reconciled with vocal music.
She mix's a perfect technical mastery with a just enough human touch to make it reall. The tiny imperfections when her voice goes up a big interval make it just perfect. Ceclia Bartoli (singing Mozart) was my favorite, but now Mari-Anne is.
I'm now urgently looking for more of her recordings, without luck so far. Pleas help.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prodigal Knot on June 26, 2013
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Not being a classical expert by any means, I bought this based simply on familiarity with the opening track. I found myself quite entertained by the Norwegian lyrics and the enthusiastic vocal performances. I would think this an essential addition to anyone's library who enjoys Grieg. This is one of my very favorite recordings and I have accumulated quite a few in the last two years.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kline PhD, MD on March 15, 2014
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Peer Gynt was one of those readily accessible classical pieces that the Louisville Orchestra would perform at daytime concerts for high school students way back in my youth. Those concerts made classical music come alive for thousands of young people and, for the majority, was probably their only introduction to the heavenly art. You don't see as many of those programs in today's economically-strapped world. So, thank you, Mr. Grieg, for the memories.

It is uncommon to find a reference recording from 23 years ago that retains its lofty status AND you can still enjoy both the performance and the recorded sound. Blomstedt's Peer Gynt is one of those rarities. Blomstedt certainly made his mark with his stay in San Francisco. His present account is full of excitement and the sound is superb even by today's standards. All the familiar pieces are there. Hall of the Mountain King, Death of Ase, Arabian Dance, Anitra's Dance, and Solveig's Song. And each is played with considerable depth and beauty. Orchestral sound is well-balanced with absolutely no evidence of congestion. Blomstedt really feels the music and it shows. San Francisco can be proud of its musical heritage and Blomstedt was largely responsible for elevating its position among world-class orchestras. I'm not too fond of the present conductor's interpretations, but the orchestra itself retains its preeminence.

I hadn't listened to this recording in several years, and was frankly surprised how impressive it sounded. The soundstage is wide and full with no limitations in the bass, a common issue with aging reference recordings. Yes, it misses some refinement you would find in present day recordings, but that doesn't diminish the listening experience to any significant degree.
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