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Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites; Six Orchestral Songs

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Grieg' incidental music to Henrik Ibsen' play Peer Gynt is greatly loved by many and is generally considered to be one of the foremost expressions of 'Norwegian national identity'. Comprising the 'best' and most popular numbers, Suite No. 1 was an immedia

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Disc: 1

  1. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: 1. Morgenstemning (Morning Mood)
  2. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: 3. Anitras dans (Anitra's Dance)
  3. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: 4. I Dovregubbens hall (In the Hall of the Mountain King)
  4. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 2, Op. 55: 1. Bruderovet - Ingrids klage (The Abduction of the Bride -
  5. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 2, Op. 55: 2. Arabisk dans (Arabian Dance)
  6. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 2, Op. 55: 3. Peer Gynts hjemfart (Peer Gynt's Homecoming)
  7. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 2, Op. 55: 4. Solveigs sang (Solveig's Song)
  8. Den bergtekne (The Mountain Thrall), for baritone, 2 horns & string orchestra, Op. 32
  9. Songs (6) for voice & orchestra, EG 177: 1. Solveigs sang (Solveig's Song)
  10. Songs (6) for voice & orchestra, EG 177: 2. Solveigs vuggevise (Solveig's Cradle Song)
  11. Songs (6) for voice & orchestra, EG 177: 3. Fra Monte Pincio (From Monte Pincio)
  12. Songs (6) for voice & orchestra, EG 177: 4. En Svane (A Swan)
  13. Songs (6) for voice & orchestra, EG 177: 6. Henrik Wergeland


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000VIFLVO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 8, 2007
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Fifty years ago Grieg's suites from his incidental music for Ibsen's play 'Peer Gynt' figured frequently on orchestral programs. But Grieg's star has dimmed over the years, possibly because it has become fashionable in some circles to think of Grieg as a miniaturist whose music is just one notch above salon music. That notion is, of course, complete rubbish and non-academic classical music-lovers have continued to adore his music; witness, for instance, the many, many recordings of the Peer Gynt music. But when was the last time you heard a live performance of it in anything but a pops concert?

This recording of the two Peer Gynt suites by Bjarte Engeset and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra has extremely strong competition, even from budget-priced versions. Still, on this disc the music is played exceptionally well and can easily receive a recommendation. One notices how scrupulously Engeset adheres to Grieg's quite specific indications in the score, even including the one direction (in Solveig's Song) for string portamento. It must be said that the Malmö orchestra, although probably not in the very top tier of orchestras worldwide, plays beautifully. Their pianissimi are a joy to hear. And their 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' is actually a little scary.

But for me the real treasure here are the eight orchestral songs. (Amazon's listing is a little confusing on this point. There are the Six Orchestral Songs, EG177, and two additional single orchestral songs -- 'The First Meeting' and 'The Mountain Thrall'. One of the Six Songs is the vocal version of 'Solveig's Song', also heard in its orchestral version in the Second Suite.
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I bought this after reading the review above, and I am so glad I "took the chance." This recording is a delight---the musicians all seem to be earnest in their desire to communicate Grieg's emotion. I felt almost overcome during some of the passages. A lovely recording. It is one of my treasures now.
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This CD was ordered as a gift. I bought my copy ( same musicians)several years ago and always liked the music. I wanted to share it with my daughter as a Christmas gift. I was very pleased that Amazon was able to provide this CD, as it is not exactly a new recording.
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