These are good, solid, typical recordings by Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. Although not necessarily fascinating performances, Karajan handles these lighter pieces well. The Berlin Philharmonic is, as always, in top form and provides a solid base for Karajan to work from, if it does exhibit the typical viscous string sound that typifies nearly all of their recordings with this conductor. Still, morning mood is lovely, the Hall of the Mountain King features some really exciting brass playing, and Aase’s death is touchingly played. Edvard Grieg’s music for Peer Gynt was written for a stage presentation of Ibsen’s verse-drama in 1876. He later organized the 23 various musical numbers into the two familiar suites.….
Composer: Edvard Grieg
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.9 GB
….. The Peer Gynt music has become deservedly famous. The opening movement of the first suite – Morning Mood – beautifully conjures up Scandinavian morning followed music for the death of Peer’s mother Aase effectively scored for muted strings. Anita’s charming dance transports the listener to Africa where Peer dallies with the daughter of a Bedouin chief (of the title) and the first suite concludes with the marvelous In the Hall of the Mountain King, that describes Peer’s escape from the mountain trolls.
The second suite begins with Peer’s abduction of a bride from a wedding feast, whom he rather quickly disgards. The music portrays the action and sorrow of the bride beautifully. This is followed by the well-known Arabian Dance and Peer Gynt’s Return Home, a rousing short piece of music descriptive of the dangers of his journey. The suite concludes with Solvejg’s Song, an orchestral version of a song sung by the woman waiting for his return. The song is sweet and melancholy, which also brings to mind Penelope waiting for Odysseus.
Analyzed Folder: /192k Grieg – Peer Gynt Suites 1 and 2 – Sigurd Jorsalfar – Karajan_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -4.58 dB -23.80 dB A1 Peer Gynt-Suite Nr. 1 Op. 46 – I. Morgenstimmung.flac
DR13 -4.51 dB -24.32 dB A2 Peer Gynt-Suite Nr. 1 Op. 46 – II. Ases Tod.flac
DR15 -5.77 dB -27.90 dB A3 Peer Gynt-Suite Nr. 1 Op. 46 – III. Anitras Tanz.flac
DR12 -0.44 dB -18.52 dB A4 Peer Gynt-Suite Nr. 1 Op. 46 – IV. In Der Halle Des Bergkoenigs.flac
DR14 -0.53 dB -19.80 dB A5 Peer Gynt-Suite Nr. 2 Op. 55 – I. Der Brautraub (Ingrids Klage).flac
DR14 -1.20 dB -21.02 dB A6 Peer Gynt-Suite Nr. 2 Op. 55 – II. Arabischer Tanz.flac
DR13 -0.63 dB -19.78 dB B1 Peer Gynt-Suite Nr. 2 Op. 55 – III. Peer Gynts Heimkehr (Stuermischer Abend An Der Kueste).flac
DR15 -4.79 dB -27.61 dB B2 Peer Gynt-Suite Nr. 2 Op. 55 – IV. Solvejgs Lied.flac
DR13 -1.48 dB -22.06 dB B3 Sigurd Jorsalfar (Drei Orchesterstuecke Op. 56) – Vorspiel (In Der Koenigshalle).flac
DR16 -3.43 dB -27.43 dB B4 Sigurd Jorsalfar (Drei Orchesterstuecke Op. 56) – Intermezzo (Borghilds Traum).flac
DR14 -0.50 dB -19.70 dB B5 Sigurd Jorsalfar (Drei Orchesterstuecke Op. 56) – Huldigungsmarsch.flac ———————————————————————————————-
Number of Files: 11 Official DR Value: DR14
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