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Grieg: Popular Orchestral Suites / Leppard


Release Date: 03/09/1999 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 462290   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The larger Grieg works; the Peer Gynt and Sigurd Jorsalfar extracts, are from Decca masters, played by the English Chamber Orchestra under Raymond Leppard. There's a case for suggesting that "In the Hall of the Mountain King" or the "Hommage March" (from Sigurd Jorsalfar) require full symphonic forces to do them justice, but Leppard balances his much smaller resources carefully, ensuring that every strand of detailing is plainly audible. The lyrically nostalgic central episode of the march is especially well done. The smaller pieces, such as "Anitra's dance"...sound stylish and polished. Leppard's Holberg Suite also is subtly controlled and elegant."

- Michael Jameson,
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Works on This Recording

1.
Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Norwegian Dances (4) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 35 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
Date of Recording: 09/1979 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Edvard Grieg 
5.
Sigurd Jorsalfar Suite, Op. 56 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872/1892; Norway 
Date of Recording: 09/1979 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
Old Norwegian Romance with Variations for 2 Pianos, Op. 51 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/1981 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 24 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Edvard Grieg
Composition written: Norway (1890).
Composition revised: Norway (1900 - 1905). 
7.
Symphonic Dances (4), Op. 64 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/1981 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 30 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: 1. Morning mood
Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: 2. Aase's death
Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: 3. Anitra's dance
Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: 4. In the Hall of the Mountain King
Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55: 1. The Abduction (Ingrid's lament)
Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55: 2. Arabian dance
Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55: 3. Peer Gynt's return
Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55: 4. Solveig's song
4 Norwegian Dances, Op.35 - Orchestrated by Hans Sitt: No. 1 in D minor (Allegro marcato)
4 Norwegian Dances, Op.35 - Orchestrated by Hans Sitt: No. 2 in A (Allegretto tranquillo e grazioso)
4 Norwegian Dances, Op.35 - Orchestrated by Hans Sitt: No. 3 in G (Allegro moderato alla Marcia)
4 Norwegian Dances, Op.35 - Orchestrated by Hans Sitt: No. 4 in D (Allegro molto)
Holberg Suite, Op.40: 1. Präludium (Allegro vivace)
Holberg Suite, Op.40: 2. Sarabande (Andante)
Holberg Suite, Op.40: 3. Gavotte (Allegretto) - Musette (poco più mosso) - Gavotte
Holberg Suite, Op.40: 4. Air (Andante religioso)
Holberg Suite, Op.40: 5. Rigaudon (Allegro con brio)
Sigurd Jorsalfar, three Orchestral pieces Op.56: 1. Prelude: In the King's Hall (Op.22 No.1)
Sigurd Jorsalfar, three Orchestral pieces Op.56: 2. Intermezzo: Borghild's Dream (Op.22 No.2)
Sigurd Jorsalfar, three Orchestral pieces Op.56: 3. Homage March (Op.22 No.4)
Old Norwegian Romance, Op.51: Poco tranquillo
Old Norwegian Romance, Op.51: Variations
Old Norwegian Romance, Op.51: Finale
Symphonic Dances, Op.64: 1. No. 1 in G
Symphonic Dances, Op.64: 2. No. 2 in A
Symphonic Dances, Op.64: 3. No. 3 in D
Symphonic Dances, Op.64: 4. No. 4 in A minor

Customer Reviews

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 Pleasure in small doses September 27, 2012 By BURTON A jONES, JR. (Pearland, TX) See All My Reviews "I love Grieg's music. He can say so much in such a brief time and communicate the feeling of the subject he is dealing with so well. These performances are excellent. Relax and enjoy!" Report Abuse
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