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Grieg: Peer Gynt

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
The suites from "Peer Gynt," through no fault of his own, are Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's calling card. Certain pieces, such as "Morning Mood" and "In the Hall of the Mountain King" are well known even among those who have never heard of Grieg. However, Grieg's incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play "Peer Gynt" is only seldom recorded as a complete unit. Part of the problem is a textual one, as although Grieg finished the score barely in time for the premiere of "Peer Gynt" in 1876, he continued to alter it over the course of the next 20 years. A critical edition incorporating Grieg's final thoughts on the matter was not published until 1987 and was concurrently...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
The suites from "Peer Gynt," through no fault of his own, are Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's calling card. Certain pieces, such as "Morning Mood" and "In the Hall of the Mountain King" are well known even among those who have never heard of Grieg. However, Grieg's incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play "Peer Gynt" is only seldom recorded as a complete unit. Part of the problem is a textual one, as although Grieg finished the score barely in time for the premiere of "Peer Gynt" in 1876, he continued to alter it over the course of the next 20 years. A critical edition incorporating Grieg's final thoughts on the matter was not published until 1987 and was concurrently recorded for Deutsche Grammophon by Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony. The family tradition is carried on in this Virgin Classics recording, as it is led by his son, Paavo Järvi, with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. In orchestral terms, the younger Järvi's Grieg: Peer Gynt is a magnificent performance, fully capturing the sweep and grandeur of Grieg and Ibsen's vast conception. While in some instances Järvi cannot resist pointing up some of the music's similarity to the idiom of Mussorgsky, he is likewise careful not to lose sight of the score's Nordic iciness. The little bit of singing that there is in "Peer Gynt" is essentially where this Virgin Classics release comes down to earth. In "In the Hall of the Mountain King" there is a problem of balance between the Estonian National Male Choir and the orchestra in that the latter is quite clearly drowned out by the former. Baritone Peter Mattei does a fine job singing the one song the title character is given to sing, and Camilla Tilling is good as Solveig, although if one already has Kirsten Flagstad's performance of "Solveig's Song" in his/her head this might be a bit of a letdown. There is no ambiguity, though, about Charlotte Hellekant as Arabian temptress Anitra -- she sings as though she is trying to sell real estate, rather than seduce Peer and relieve him of his fortune. Robert Layton's liner notes are excellent; we are surprised to learn how Grieg felt that "In the Hall of the Mountain King" was something "I literally can't bear listening to because it absolutely reeks of cow-dung" and the extraordinary extent to which Ibsen himself intervened in the creation of this music.
New York Times - Anthony Tommasini
A splendid new recording.... [Jarvi] draws a refined yet exciting performance.... The familiar "In the Hall of the Mountain King" sounds utterly chilling in its original version, with shrieking chorus and vehement percussion.
Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
[Järvi's] account of the celebrated "In the Hall of the Mountain King" is even more exciting than his father's with a wild accelerando and vigorous vocal contributions.... Warmly recommended to those who want a single disc of virtually all the significant music that Grieg composed for Ibsen's play.
BBC Music Magazine
Achieves a sense of drama as propulsive as a film score.
Classic FM Magazine - Julian Haylock
This new, gloriously played and recorded account from Paavo Järvi...is a real winner.... Highly recommended.

[Järvi's] account of the celebrated "In the Hall of the Mountain King" is even more exciting than his father's with a wild accelerando and vigorous vocal contributions.... Warmly recommended to those who want a single disc of virtually all the significant music that Grieg composed for Ibsen's play.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: Erato
  • UPC: 724354572227
  • Catalog Number: 45722
  • Sales rank: 63,459

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 1. Prelude to Act 1. I bryllupsgården (At the - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (5:02)
  2. 2 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 2. Halling - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (1:23)
  3. 3 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 4. Prelude to Act 2. Bruderovet. Ingrids klage - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (4:48)
  4. 4 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 6. Peer Gynt og Den grønnkledte (Peer Gynt and - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (1:56)
  5. 5 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 7. Peer Gynt: "På ridestellet skal storfolk kj - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (0:21)
  6. 6 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 3. Springar - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (2:11)
  7. 7 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 8. I Dovregubbens hall (In the Hall of the Mou - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (2:24)
  8. 8 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 9. Dans av Dovregubbens datter (Dance of the M - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (1:54)
  9. 9 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 12. Prelude to Act 3. Åses død (The Death of Å - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (5:07)
  10. 10 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 13. Prelude to Act 4. Morgenstemning (Morning - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (4:09)
  11. 11 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 15. Arabisk dans (Arabian Dance) - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (4:56)
  12. 12 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 16. Anitras dans (Anitra's Dance) - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (3:30)
  13. 13 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 17. Peer Gynts serenade (Peer Gynt's Serenade) - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (2:35)
  14. 14 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 19. Solveigs sang (Solveig's Song) - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (4:51)
  15. 15 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 20. Peer Gynt ved Memnonstøtten (Peer Gynt at - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (2:35)
  16. 16 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 21. Prelude to Act 5. Peer Gynts hjemfart. Sto - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (2:08)
  17. 17 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 22. Skipsforliset (The Shipwreck) - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (1:34)
  18. 18 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 23. Solveig synger i hytten (Solveig sings in - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (1:33)
  19. 19 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 25. Pinsesalme: "Velsignede morgen" (Whitsun H - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (1:09)
  20. 20 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 26. Solveigs vuggevise (Solveig's Cradle Song) - Edvard Grieg & Virginie Bauzou (5:57)
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