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Grieg: Peer Gynt / Järvi, Mattei, Tilling, Hellekant

Release Date: 06/07/2005 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 45722   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Peter MatteiCamilla TillingCharlotte HellekantArvo Leibur,   ... 
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Male ChoirEstonian National Symphony OrchestraEllerhein Girls' Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This very well played and sung selection of music from Peer Gynt contains all of the major numbers save the lengthy melodramas with dialogue and a couple of the "action" pieces, such as Peer Gynt Hunted by the Trolls. It amounts to a bit more than an hour of music, which probably is as much as many listeners will need. Järvi very intelligently divides the two folk dances (Nos. 2 and 3), placing the second of them, the Springar, between No. 7 (a bit of dialogue for Peer) and No. 8 (In the Hall of the Mountain King). With Blomstedt's single-disc reference recording of the complete incidental music long unavailable, listeners looking for the vast majority of the score on one CD should seriously consider this release.
Grieg's music for Peer Gynt has a sort of built-in, perennial freshness, and Järvi's conducting captures that quality particularly well. His is a very theatrical interpretation, with plenty of excitement in the big numbers and playing from the Estonian orchestra that effectively captures the music's rustic tang. I'm thinking especially of some enthusiastic woodwind and percussion contributions in such numbers as the Dance of the Mountain King's Daughter, the Shipwreck, and the very lively Arabian Dance. The singing has this same vivid quality, with Camilla Tilling a fine Solveig. The sonics are warm as well as ample, making the score sound bigger-boned and grander than it often does, and this also adds to the involving experience. In short, this is an extremely enjoyable selection that, if not quite complete, is close enough and good enough to warrant serious attention for its own sake, especially for fans of this wonderful score.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Peer Gynt, Op. 23 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone), Camilla Tilling (Soprano), Charlotte Hellekant (Mezzo Soprano),
Arvo Leibur (Violin), Rain Vilu (Viola)
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Male Choir,  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra,  Ellerhein Girls' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Date of Recording: 09/2004 
Venue:  Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia 
Length: 60 Minutes 14 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 1 I bryllupsgården/At the Wedding (Prelude to Act 1)
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No 2. Halling
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 4 Bruderovert Ingrids klage/The Abduction of the Bride (Prelude to Act 2)
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 6 Peer Gynt og Den grønnkledte/Peer Gynt and the Woman in Green
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 3 Springar
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 8 I Dovregubbens hall/In the Hall of the Mountain King (Choir)
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 9 Dans av Dovregubbens datter/Dance of the Mountain King's daughter
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 12 Åses død/The death of Ase (Prelude to Act 3)
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 13 Morgenstemning/Morning Mood (prelude to Act 4)
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 15 Aribisk dans/Arabian Dance (Choir/Anitra)
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 16 Anitras dans/Anitra's Dance
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 17 Peer Gynts serenade (Peer Gynt)
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 19 Solveigs sang/Solveig's song (Solveig)
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 20 Peer Gynt ved Memnonstøtten/Peer Gynt at the statue of Memnon
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 21 Peer Gynts hjemfart. Stormful aften på havet/Peer Gynt's homecoming. Stormy evening on the Sea (prelude to Act 5)
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 22 Skipsforliset/The Shipwreck
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 23 Solveig synger I hytten/Solveig sings in the hut (Solveig)
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 25 Pinsesalme: "Velsignede morgen"/Whitsun Hymn: "O Blessed Morning" (Choir)
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 26 Solveigs vuggevise/Solveig's Cradle song (Solveig/Choir)

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