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

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

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release date: November 2011


Artists:

Malmo Symphony Orchestra


Engeset, Bjarte


Bjarte Engeset

Conductor

Inger Dam-Jensen

Soloist

Bjarte Engeset

Soloist

Venue:

Malmö Concert Hall, Sweden


Malmo Concert Hall, Sweden



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 65:44
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EDVARD GRIEG

 

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

 
1 I. Morgenstemning (Morning Mood) 4:16
 Bjarte Engeset Conductor
     
2 II. Ases dod (The Death of Ase) 4:11
 Bjarte Engeset Conductor
     
3 III. Anitras dans (Anitra's Dance) 3:31
 Bjarte Engeset Conductor
     
4 IV. I Dovregubbens hall (In the Hall of the Mountain King) 2:40
 Bjarte Engeset Conductor
     
 

Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55

 
5 I. Bruderovet - Ingrids klage (The Abduction of the Bride - Ingrid's Lament) 4:33
 Bjarte Engeset Conductor
     
6 II. Arabisk dans (Arabian Dance) 4:46
 Bjarte Engeset Conductor
     
7 III. Peer Gynts hjemfart (Peer Gynt's Homecoming) 2:55
 Bjarte Engeset Conductor
     
8 IV. Solveigs sang (Solveig's Song) 4:55
 Bjarte Engeset Conductor
     
 

BJORNSTJERNE BJORNSON

9 

4 Songs from The Fisher Maiden, Op. 21

3:48
 Inger Dam-Jensen Soloist
     
 

TRADITIONAL

10 

Den bergtekne (The Mountain Thrall), Op. 32

5:59
 Bjarte Engeset Soloist
     
 

EDVARD GRIEG

 

6 Orchestral Songs, EG 177

 
11 No. 1. Peer Gynt, Op. 23, Act IV: Solveigs sang (Solveig's Song) 4:50
 Inger Dam-Jensen Soloist
     
12 No. 2. Peer Gynt, Op. 23, Act V: Solveigs vuggevise (Solveig's Cradle Song) 3:53
 Inger Dam-Jensen Soloist
     
13 No. 3. Romances, Op. 39: No. 1. Fra Monte Pincio (From Monte Pincio) 4:41
 Inger Dam-Jensen Soloist
     
14 No. 4. 6 Dirges, Op. 25: No. 2. En svane (A Swan) 2:18
 Inger Dam-Jensen Soloist
     
15 No. 5. 12 Melodies, Op. 33: No. 2. Varen (Last Spring) 4:14
 Inger Dam-Jensen Soloist
     
16 No. 6. Norge, Op. 58: No. 3. Henrik Wergeland 4:14
 Inger Dam-Jensen Soloist
 Engeset, Bjarte


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.

"Naxos’ ongoing series of Grieg orchestral music has been offering performances basically as fine as any in the catalog. These performances of the two canonical Peer Gynt Suites are gorgeous, perfectly paced, and thrillingly recorded. I particularly enjoyed Engeset’s ability to keep the melody clearly audible at the big climax of In the Hall of the Mountain King, without any loss of frenzy. Peer Gynt’s Homecoming benefits from the recording’s wide dynamic range, while the gentler numbers such as Ase’s Death and Solveig’s Song are as heartfelt as anyone could ask. The remainder of the program consists of Grieg’s songs with orchestra, including the vocal versions of Solveig’s two numbers from Peer Gynt. Soprano Inger Dam-Jensen sings beautifully, with a warm tone and excellent diction. This is repertoire that she handles effortlessly. Baritone Palle Knudson has a touch of unsteadiness to his voice that sometimes becomes distracting, particularly as he has the longest vocal number here (The Mountain Thrall). Still, there’s no questioning his command of the language or his ability to inflect a phrase, and with such fine accompaniments this program overall earns a firm recommendation."

David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - November 2007

 


"Under Engeset’s direction, the Malmö Symphony plays handsomely and sensitively. String lines are vibrant and expressively shaped; woodwind soloists are by turns suave and piquant; and the brasses make impressive sounds ... Inger Dam-Jensen is a lyric soprano with a rich, warm midrange ...In Det første møde—described by Engeset as a “nature-idyll”—Dam-Jensen’s upper range floats and occasionally soars ...the sound is excellent, and Engeset’s note makes a strong case for the greatness of the Peer Gynt music, if you’re one of the doubters."

Stephen Francis Vasta - MusicWeb-International.com - September 2009




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