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Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites; Ippolitoff-ivanoff, Et Al /Slatkin


Release Date: 07/23/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67099   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Edvard GriegMikhail Ippolitov-IvanovClaude DebussyFrederick Delius
Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony OrchestraConcert Arts Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although Felix Slatkin may not be in the front ranks of conductors of the 20th century, this collection is nonetheless a welcome release: a classic recording from the mono era available on CD for the first time.
'Peer Gynt' contains one of the most memorable melodies of all time in "Morning Mood" (and in Slatkin's hands it is given a lilting and buoyant reading), but it is "Ase's Death" that stands out here: a poignant, breathtaking reading of understated power. Debussy's 'Petite Suite' was originally a four-hand piano work but under Henri Büsser's delicate orchestration, this work from 1889 sounds in part like a joyful, young Mahler, with only a hint of Debussy's later Impressionist style of the 1900s.
Delius' "On Hearing the First
Read more Cuckoo in Spring" is a classic work of the English pastoral tradition. In this recording Slatkin evinces a warm, understated performance that is in keeping with this work's calm and meditative character. The 'Caucasion Sketches' by Ippolitov-Ivanov is probably the underrated composer's most famous work. A work of great majesty and splendor, it was inspired by the vast tract of land extending from the Black Sea to the Caspian. This performance soars under the baton of Slatkin. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/1955 
Venue:  Stage 7, Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 14 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2. Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/1955 
Venue:  Stage 7, Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 16 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3. Caucasian Sketches Suite no 1, Op. 10 by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1955 
Venue:  Stage 7, Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 22 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4. Petite suite for Piano 4 hands by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Arts Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886-1889; France 
Date of Recording: 09/11/1952 
Venue:  Capitol Melrose Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 14 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Henri Büsser 
5. Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra: no 1, On Hearing the First Cuckoo by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Arts Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 
Date of Recording: 09/11/1952 
Venue:  Capitol Melrose Studios, Hollywood, CA 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 

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