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GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 5 - Peer Gynt (complete incidental music) / Foran sydens kloster / Bergliot (Malmo Symphony, Engeset)

Composer(s):Grieg, Edvard
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category OrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.570871-72
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
 
 
 


Grieg’s incidental music for Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt (1874-5) won immediate success and ranks among his most enduringly popular compositions, its huge range of orchestral tone-colours and creative use of space captured on this recording by placing actors, chorus, and folk musicians both onstage and behind the scenes. Foran Sydens Kloster, composed in 1871 as an interlude for Bjørnson’s heroic play Arnljot Gelline, and Bergliot, a monodrama written in the same year and orchestrated in 1875, reveal Grieg as a master composer of dramatic and lyrical stage music.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,October 2008

Sometimes I have to keep my enthusiasm in check, but this is simply a magnificent release at a ridiculously low price. Though described as the ‘Complete Incidental Music’ it is far more, employing a large cast of actors and singers to relate Ibson’s story, the superb performance taking more than two hours. The well-known suites provide only an overview of Grieg’s achievement, and do not chronologically follow the story of the daydreaming Peer Gynt. His adventures were graphically told in music, and you have only to go as far as the fifth track, Ingrid’s Lament, to hear the depth of feeling the conductor, Bjarte Engeset, engenders. Then move to track seven to hear the Boys’ and Girls’ Choruses of the Lund Cultural School who act

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