Grieg: Peer Gynt

Grieg: Peer Gynt

by Paavo JärviPaavo Järvi

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Overview

Although it contains some of the most familiar melodies in classical music, Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt never loses its fresh and unmistakable air of rugged Nordic beauty. That seems especially true nowadays, since conductors increasingly bypass the two familiar suites of excerpts in favor of the complete incidental music that Grieg composed for Ibsen's play. This approach has several advantages, all of which are demonstrated clearly by Paavo Järvi's wonderful new recording (which still omits a handful of numbers that were intended to accompany spoken dialogue). Over the course of an hour, Grieg's music follows the dramatic arch of Ibsen's narrative, rather than just offering a parade of hit tunes, and it becomes obvious that Grieg created cross-references between the various sections with great care; just as one example, the famous "Morning Mood" theme is prefigured several numbers earlier, in "Peer Gynt and the Woman in Green." We also get to hear the original parts for chorus (marvelously brutal in the "Hall of the Mountain King") and for solo vocalists. In the latter, soprano Camilla Tilling offers especially lovely performances of Solveig's songs, while baritone Peter Mattei swaggers appropriately in the title character's "Serenade." Järvi extracts the necessary array of rich and often darkly tinted orchestral hues from the Estonian National Symphony, while also striking just the right balance of charming, ominous, mournful, and sentimental moods. In all, this recording leaves the listener thinking that Peer Gynt's status as Grieg's most popular work is wholly justified -- and for making the score sound like the masterpiece that it is, it deserves a strong recommendation indeed.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2005
Label: Erato
UPC: 0724354572227
catalogNumber: 45722
Rank: 62503

Tracks

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

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