Grieg: Peer Gynt (Complete Incidental Music)

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
With more music than the two suites by which it is usually represented on disc and less talking than the whole play by which it was represented on BIS, this Naxos release of Grieg's complete incidental music from Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" finds an unusual and unlikely middle ground for fans of the composer. Performed here by two choirs, 11 vocal soloists, and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra all under the direction of Bjarte Engeset, the music is well presented in tasteful and professional interpretations. True, there have been more evocative accounts of the most famous movements -- the "Morning Mood," for example, is somewhat lacking in freshness -- but as a whole, Engeset leads a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
With more music than the two suites by which it is usually represented on disc and less talking than the whole play by which it was represented on BIS, this Naxos release of Grieg's complete incidental music from Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" finds an unusual and unlikely middle ground for fans of the composer. Performed here by two choirs, 11 vocal soloists, and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra all under the direction of Bjarte Engeset, the music is well presented in tasteful and professional interpretations. True, there have been more evocative accounts of the most famous movements -- the "Morning Mood," for example, is somewhat lacking in freshness -- but as a whole, Engeset leads a convincingly cohesive performance. The singers are a mixed lot vocally, but never less than persuasively dramatic. Non-Norwegian speakers might be put off at first by the occasional bits of spoken dialogue, but they work in context and without them the melodramatic music might have seemed faintly silly. The inclusion of two other Grieg vocal rarities, "Before a Southern Convent" and "Bergliot," nicely fills out the set with performances that match "Peer Gynt" for quality and appeal. Naxos' digital sound is cool, colorful, and surprisingly realistic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313087174
  • Catalog Number: 8570871-72
  • Sales rank: 115,564

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–33 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23 - Edvard Grieg & Malmö Symphony Orchestra (99:41)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byBjarte Engeset
    Performed byMalmö Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Braten Berg, Bjarte Engeset, Lena Willemark, Malmö Chamber Choir, Karin Fagius, Dan-Olof Stenlund, Itziar M. Galdos, Isa Katharina Gericke, Erik Hivju, Anne Marit Jacobsen, Unni Løvlid, Hans Jakob Sand, Knut Stiklestad, Yngve A. Søberg
    1. 1Act 1. Prelude - At the Farm Wedding
    2. 2Act 1. The "Buck-ride" (spoken dialogue)
    3. 3Act 1. Halling
    4. 4Act 1. Springer
    5. 5Act 2. The Bridenapping. Ingrid's Lament
    6. 6Act 2. Peer Gynt (spoken)
    7. 7Act 2. Peer Gynt and the Dairymaids
    8. 8Act 2. Peer Gynt and the Woman in Green
    9. 9Act 2. Great men ride in style!
    10. 10Act 2. In the Hall of the Mountain King
    11. 11Act 2. Dance of the Mountain King's Daughter
    12. 12Act 2. Peer Gynt chased by the Trolls
    13. 13Act 2. Peer Gynt and the Bøyg
    14. 14Act 3. Prelude. Åse's Death
    15. 15Act 3. Åse's Death
    16. 16Act 4. Morning Mood
    17. 17Act 4. The Thief and the Fence
    18. 18Act 4. Arabian Dance
    19. 19Act 4. Anitra's Dance
    20. 20Act 4. Peer Gynt
    21. 21Act 4. Peer Gynt's Serenade
    22. 22Act 4. Peer Gynt and Anitra
    23. 23Act 4. Solveig's Song
    24. 24Act 4. Peer Gynt at the Statue of Memnon
    25. 25Act 5. Peer Gynt's Homecoming
    26. 26Act 5. The Shipwreck
    27. 27Act 5. Solveig sings in the Hut
    28. 28Act 5. Peer Gynt (spoken)
    29. 29Act 5. Night Scene
    30. 30Act 5. Peer Gynt (spoken)
    31. 31Act 5. Whitsun Hymn: O Blessed Morning
    32. 32Act 5. Peer Gynt and Solveig (spoken)
    33. 33Act 5. Solveig's Lullaby
Disc 2
  1. 1 Foran Sydens kloster (Before a Southern Convent), for soprano, alto, female chorus & orchestra, Op. 20 - Edvard Grieg & Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (9:22)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byBjarte Engeset
    Performed byMalmö Symphony Orchestra, Bjarte Engeset, Malmö Chamber Choir, Dan-Olof Stenlund, Marianne Andersen
  2. 2 Bergliot, melodrama for speaker & orchestra, Op. 42 - Edvard Grieg & Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (18:41)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byBjarte Engeset
    Performed byMalmö Symphony Orchestra, Bjarte Engeset, Frøydis Armand
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