Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites; 6 Orchestral Songs

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites; 6 Orchestral Songs

by Bjarte Engeset
     
 

The catalog is brimming with superlative recordings of Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suites" from the monaural, stereo, and digital eras. This offering sets itself apart by pairing that popular standard with eight of Grieg's songs for voice and orchestra. Bjarte Engeset and the Malmö Symphony may be out-gunned by some biggerSee more details below

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The catalog is brimming with superlative recordings of Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suites" from the monaural, stereo, and digital eras. This offering sets itself apart by pairing that popular standard with eight of Grieg's songs for voice and orchestra. Bjarte Engeset and the Malmö Symphony may be out-gunned by some bigger named conductor-orchestra combinations, but their performances here are still strong, energetic, and colorful. More importantly, the performances of the eight songs by Inger Dam-Jensen and Palle Knudsen are nearly as good as it gets in these much less familiar works. Dam-Jensen's clear, vibrant soprano is heartbreaking in "Solveig's Cradle Song," while Knudsen's big, virile baritone is heart-swelling in the ballade Henrik Wergeland. Engeset and the Malmö Symphony provide competent accompaniments. So, while the Grieg shopper looking for a "Peer Gynt" has many other choices, and many better ones than this, the inclusion of the songs makes this otherwise middle-of-the-road recording stand out. Produced by Morten Mogensen and engineered by Erik Nielsen, Naxos' 2006 digital sound, though not particularly warm, is sharp, colorful, and detailed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313023677
Rank:
254732

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Tracks

  1. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46  - Edvard Grieg  -  Malmö Symphony Orchestra  - Bjarte Engeset  - Nikolai Astrup
  2. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 2, Op. 55  - Edvard Grieg  -  Malmö Symphony Orchestra  - Bjarte Engeset  - Nikolai Astrup
  3. Det første møte (The First Meeting), song for voice & piano, Op. 21/1  - Edvard Grieg  - Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson  -  Malmö Symphony Orchestra  - Inger Dam-Jensen  - Bjarte Engeset  - Nikolai Astrup
  4. Den bergtekne (The Mountain Thrall), for baritone, 2 horns & string orchestra, Op. 32  - Edvard Grieg  -  Malmö Symphony Orchestra  - Bjarte Engeset  - Nikolai Astrup  - Palle Knudsen
  5. Songs (6) for voice & orchestra, EG 177  - Edvard Grieg  - Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson  -  Malmö Symphony Orchestra  - Henrik Ibsen  - John Paulsen  - Aasmund Olavsson Vinje  - Inger Dam-Jensen  - Bjarte Engeset  - Nikolai Astrup  - Palle Knudsen

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