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Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2; Lyric Suite; Sigurd Jorsalfar

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Product Details

  • Performer: Pro Musica Chamber Choir, Gosta Ohlin's Vocal Ensemble, Marianne Eklof, Barbara Bonney
  • Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Composer: Edvard Grieg
  • Audio CD (April 10, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GBH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I am most fond of much of Grieg's works, especially Peer Gynt and Sigurd Jorsalfar.
This is the consummate recording for me. His rendering of the Peer Gynt Suite is outstanding. In addition to the choral contributions which other recordings omit (this adds much to "The Hall of the Mountain King) Jarvi's pace on Morning Mood and The Hall of the Mountain King is simply the best. Morning Mood on other recordings is played too fast, which at the end looses the awesomeness of morning sunrise to this reviewer.
The Gothenburg Symphony performs magnificently, with due accolades given to the woodwinds and horns for their subtle, exquisite performance.
I would consider this or an equivalent on Grieg to be a needed part of one's classical collection. It is one of my favorites.
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Hearing the voices in these pieces can be jarring for those (like me) who have had limited or no exposure to the complete Peer Gynt, but these performances are wonderful, the Arabian Dance and Solveig's Song are standouts, and the chorus in Hall of the Mountain King is just right. The Lyric Suite includes the Bell Ringing, and you can decide for yourself if Grieg was right in thinking that this piece is too pianistic to translate to the orchestra.

I was unfamiliar with Sigurd Jorsalfar and it is a fine plus for this recording set. My new favorite collection of Grieg's orchestral pieces, most of which have been covered by every so-called "world-class" orchestra in the US and Europe.

The old Szell Columbia recordings can be counted on for punchy brass and brilliance, but this collection goes alongside Paavo Jarvi's Peer Gynt as the best of the bunch of digital collections. Recording of the orchestra has excellent presence and soundstage. My reference equipment is Marantz 4023 and B & W CM10 speakers.
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I grew up in a world of giants and trolls - a fantastic world - I was then 6-10 years old - I'm now 83! I was fascinated by Henrik Ibsen's story about Peer Gynt. Then came Edward Grieg and orchestrated Peer Gynt's adventures and the troll-world became alive! The high light was the CD with Neeme Jarvi conducting the Peer Gynt Suites and Sigurd Jorsalafar! Neeme Jarvi and the Gothenburg Symhony Orchestra CD are unforgettable. The orchestra is crystal clear, f is forte, fff is fff and p is piano and ppp is ppp. In "In the Hall of the Mountain King" I could literally see and hear the trolls!

What a wonderful recording!
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First time I heard Peer Gynt with chorus I wasn't sure I approved. Now it is my favorite. It seems a little flat without the chorus which adds so much more color and texture. I love it!
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I bought this CD way back in 2005, and I couldn't stop listening to "Peer Gynt" and "Lyric Suite". But a year later, I bought the box set of Neeme Jarvi's complete Grieg recordings (also on Deutsche Grammophon), and I donated this CD to the library. But just because I donated it doesn't mean I despise it now. The Grieg/Jarvi box set contains the "Lyric Suite" and the complete version of "Peer Gynt". I see the "Peer Gynt Suite" and "Lyric Suite" as the perfect introduction to the Norwegian composer. "Sigurd Jorasalfar" is also a nice addition to this CD, although it can be a bit dull at times. In conclusion, buy this CD if you're desperate for an introduction to Grieg. And if you're already a big fan of Grieg and do not own maestro Jarvi's box set of Grieg's works, then purchase it immediately. You'll miss out on countless amounts of good Romantic music.
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Item arrived in time and I really like it. However, the packaging maybe needs some more padding as the case arrived with a crack (not important to me because it's the CD that matters, but other people maybe bother about it).
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