GREIG: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / Edward Gardner / Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Piano Concerto; Incidental Music to “Peer Gynt” –

Grieg: Piano Concerto; Incidental Music to

You couldn't ask for a more "authentic" performance of Grieg than one by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, which Grieg himself conducted at one time. There are silkier performances of Peer Gynt, Op. 23, than this one, but few that seem to have such a sense of Grieg's much-vaunted Norwegian soul. The chilly yet rich blue of Chandos' graphics here sets the mood: conductor Edward Gardner gives the work a kind of elemental Nordic flavor. Sample the sweep of "The Abduction of the Bride," or the famous "In the Hall of the Mountain King," where the creeping theme has unusual tension and weight. The incidental music to Peer Gynt has been in a state of evolution since the discovery of the full score in the 1980s, and other highlights here include the use of a ......

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