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GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 4 - Peer Gynt Suites / Orchestral Songs (Malmo Symphony, Engeset)

Composer(s):Grieg, Edvard
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category OrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.570236
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Grieg’s incidental music to Henrik Ibsen’s 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 immediate success. Of Grieg’s 180 or so songs, many of which owe their inspiration to the composer’s wife, Nina, the yearning Solveig’s Song (track 11) is the most often performed. With Den Bergtekne (The Mountain Thrall), the longest of Grieg’s orchestral songs, we enter the realm of the troll-forests, ruled by deadly dangerous supernatural powers.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,October 2007

It is the performance of the Six Orchestral Songs that features the young Danish-born soprano, Inger Dam-Jensen, that brings a special distinction to this highly desirable disc. Possessing an open quality still fresh with the feel of youth and innocence, she warms the voice with a gentle vibrato, her intonation and feel for vocal colour displaying a musicianship of deep sensibility. Indeed you could never wish to hear a voice more ideally suited to this music. I suppose that if she had sung the last song, Henrik Wergeland, we would have complained that the words are for a male voice, yet maybe in hindsight it was a mistake not to give it to her. Vocally the voice of the young Norwegian baritone, Palle Knudsen, does not complement Dam-Jensen to the extent that it seems an odd



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