Fiedler / Farrell / Boston Pops – Grieg: Peer Gynt (Cisco, 180g pressing)

# Composer: Edvard Grieg
# Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra
# Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
# Vinyl (1959 / 2006)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Cisco Music
# Size: 924MB (24/96) + 241MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: FileFactory, FilePost


Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen decided to adapt his verse drama for performance at the Christiana (Oslo) Theatre in 1874, recognizing that his sprawling five-act play would benefit greatly from the addition of a musical score. Grieg’s music was first heard there in February 1876, but the initial production run was radically curtailed after fire destroyed the sets and costumes. The score, however, was enthusiastically received by the critics, and Grieg subsequently saw an opportunity to establish a separate identity for the music itself and drew from the more than two dozen numbers of the complete work two concert suites, Ops. 46 and 54. Conductors sometimes assemble ad hoc suites of their own as well.

The most popular numbers are “In the Hall of the Mountain King” (a textbook example of the dramatic potency of cumulative crescendo and accelerando, illustrating Grieg’s fondness for Germanic orchestral effects), in which Peer Gynt bargains for his life after the assembled Trolls call for his blood, and the highly evocative “Morning” with its lovely flute solo and expansive orchestral language — the music depicts, incidentally, not a fresh Nordic sunrise, but rather a Saharan dawn in Act IV of Ibsen’s drama! Other memorable moments include the fragile lyric utterances of “Solveig’s Song,” the beguiling “Anitra’s Dance,” and the poignant “Åse’s Death.”

Track list:

Side One
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
01 – Morning
02 – Åse’s Death
03 – Anitra’s Dance
04 – In The Hall Of The Mountain King

Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55
05 – Ingrid’s Lament
06 – Arabian Dance

Side Two
Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55 (continued)
07 – Return Of Peer Gynt
08 – Solvejg’s Song
09 – Dance Of The Mountain King’s Daughter (from Incidental Music To “Peer Gynt”, Op. 23)

Lyric Suite, Op. 54
10 – Shepherd Boy
11 – Norwegian Rustic March
12 – Nocturne
13 – March Of The Dwarfs

Eileen Farrell – soprano vocal on track 8

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14 thoughts on “Fiedler / Farrell / Boston Pops – Grieg: Peer Gynt (Cisco, 180g pressing)”

  1. Many thanks for ripping and sharing this fine LP which was released when I was a toddler. I remember the cover from childhood when I thought it was a flower :-))
    Always enjoyed hearing it then and now.

  2. Like “Daysbetween” above, what nostalgic melancholy for days long gone by.
    You you hit the spot, Steve,

    The sound is fabulous. Most welcome, and A heartfelt thankyou.
    You and Rachmaninof have spoiled me no end!

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