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Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, etc / Engeset, Dam-Jensen, Knudsen, Malmö Symphony


Release Date: 10/30/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570236   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Inger Dam-JensenPalle Knudsen
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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
Read more 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
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (4), Op. 21: no 1, The first meeting by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Norway 
2.
Mountain thrall, Op. 32 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Palle Knudsen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Norway 
3.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 11, Solvejg's Song [Orchestral version] by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
4.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 23, Solvejg's cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
5.
Romances (6), Op. 39: no 1, From Monte Pincio by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Norway 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 2, A swan by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
7.
Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34: no 2, Last spring by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
8.
Norway, Op. 58: no 3, Henrik Wergeland by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Palle Knudsen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Norway 
9.
Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
10.
Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 

Sound Samples

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: I. Morgenstemning (Morning Mood)
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: II. Ases dod (The Death of Ase)
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: III. Anitras dans (Anitra's Dance)
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: IV. I Dovregubbens hall (In the Hall of the Mountain King)
Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55: I. Bruderovet - Ingrids klage (The Abduction of the Bride - Ingrid's Lament)
Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55: II. Arabisk dans (Arabian Dance)
Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55: III. Peer Gynts hjemfart (Peer Gynt's Homecoming)
Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55: IV. Solveigs sang (Solveig's Song)
4 Songs from The Fisher Maiden, Op. 21: No. 1. Det forste mode (The First Meeting)
Den bergtekne (The Mountain Thrall), Op. 32
6 Orchestral Songs, EG 177: No. 1. Peer Gynt, Op. 23, Act IV: Solveigs sang (Solveig's Song)
6 Orchestral Songs, EG 177: No. 2. Peer Gynt, Op. 23, Act V: Solveigs vuggevise (Solveig's Cradle Song)
6 Orchestral Songs, EG 177: No. 3. Romances, Op. 39: No. 1. Fra Monte Pincio (From Monte Pincio)
6 Orchestral Songs, EG 177: No. 4. 6 Dirges, Op. 25: No. 2. En svane (A Swan)
6 Orchestral Songs, EG 177: No. 5. 12 Melodies, Op. 33: No. 2. Varen (Last Spring)
6 Orchestral Songs, EG 177: No. 6. Norge, Op. 58: No. 3. Henrik Wergeland

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Great recording January 31, 2014 By J Robert Brookens (Marion, KS) See All My Reviews "Thrilling performance. Worth more money than I paid." Report Abuse
 Orchestral/Vocal Nicely Balanced November 21, 2013 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "This recording is beautifully produced and offers two listening experiences in near equal proportion. It's an excellent value." Report Abuse
 Excellent recording for a very affordable price May 29, 2012 By F. Stevens (São Paulo, São Paulo) See All My Reviews "I enjoyed very much this NAXOS record,which I purchased because when I was a teenager(in the early fifties) I used to listen to a recording of the Peer Gynt Suites in a 78rpm record that beloged to my grandfather;it was an ejoyable experience to have such a good recording in CD.
Note: Congratulations to ARKIV MUSIC for your very fast delivery:I ordered the CD on april 29th/12 and received it on may 15th/12 !

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