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Grieg: Peer Gynt

Grieg: Peer Gynt
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Järvi, conductor
soloists: Peter Mattei, Camilla Tilling, Charlotte Hellekant; Ellerhain Girls’ Choir; Estonian National Male Choir

Review by: Robert Zierolf


The suites from Peer Gynt are well known, and "In the Hall of the Mountain King" is frequently excerpted, but the score of the complete incidental music for Ibsen's play has only recently been made available in usable form. This recording uses this version, sanctioned by Grieg, and performed with spirit. Orchestra and choirs capture the character of each number, many of which will be new to most listeners.


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Robert Zierolf is Professor of Music Theory and History and Division head of Composition, Musicology, and Theory at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. He is also a freelance writer on classical music.


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