Beecham / RPO – Music for Peer Gynt (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)


# Composer: Edvard Grieg
# Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
# Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
# Performers: Beecham Choral Society, Ilse Hollweg
# Vinyl (1957 / 1980)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 66 of 100
# Size: 857MB (24/96) + 220MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything from the Franklin Mint collection, so I figured I might as well continue the recent “Peer Gynt-o-rama” (thanks to AlKat for coining that phrase!) with this performance.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly. Please include the album numbers from the master list with your requests.


With a career spanning more than five decades, Thomas Beecham was one of the most important and influential conductors in England during the first half of the 20th century. He had a tendency, when dissatisfied with the musical scene in a given locale, to just form a new orchestra. As such, Beecham was responsible for the founding of both the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Beecham also had a penchant for unearthing little-known compositions, or performing less common versions of works.

This collection features one of his favorite works, Grieg’s incidental music to Peer Gynt. Most listeners are no doubt familiar with one or both of the orchestra suites Grieg extracted from the 23 total numbers, but Beecham presents listeners with much more. Beecham includes the seldom-heard choral parts from “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and “Arabian Dance” as well as the solo soprano parts from “Solveig’s Song” and “Solveig’s Lullaby.”

Leading his own Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beecham’s interpretation is vibrant and detailed; he demands and receives the utmost precision and nuance from his orchestra throughout Peer Gynt. With so many positive attributes, it is little wonder why this recording has been reissued so frequently. – Mike D. Brownell,

Track listing

Side One
Suite N°1 – Op.46
01 – Wedding March (Act 1, Scene 3)
02 – Ingrid’s Lament (Act 2, Scene 1)
03 – In The Hall Of The Mountain King (Act 2, Scene 6) (with chorus)
04 – Morning (Act 4)
05 – Ase’s Death (Act 3, Scene 4)

Side Two
Suite N°2 – Op.55
06 – 1st Arabian Dance (Act 4, Scene 6) (with chorus)
07 – Solveig’s Song (Act 4, Scene 10)
08 – Anitra’s Dance (Act 4, Scene 6)
09 – Return Of Peer Gynt (Storm Scene) (Act 5, Scene 1)
10 – Solveig’s Lullaby (Wiegenlied) (Act 5, Scene 10)

Soprano vocals on tracks 7, 10 – Ilse Hollweg
Track 1 orchestrated by Johan Halvorsen

Additional information can be found here.

You can see a listing of the entire Franklin Mint set here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
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18 thoughts on “Beecham / RPO – Music for Peer Gynt (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

  1. Thank you very much! I really appreciate your contribution to the …“Peer Gynt-o-rama”.
    There is something else in the fabulous FM series I would like to listen to: the LP 79 – Dinu Lipatti playing Schuman and Grieg PCs. Would you be so kind …

  2. Steve,

    Fine job you did!

    – Audirvana Plus
    – Asus Xonar One ( upsampled to 24/352,8 )
    – 4-48Khz ( -3dB ) Linear Amp ( own design )
    – Boston Acoustics M25

  3. I thought I had commented on this recording when you first presented it. Any way, this is a beautiful recording, and of course with Beecham well done.
    I’m liking these FM editions. I never ever owned any of them.

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