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  Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites - Ruud
  Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak, Old Norwegian Melody with Variations Op. 51, Bell Ringing Op. 54 No. 6

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Ole Kristian Ruud (conductor)
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Site review by Polly Nomial February 12, 2007
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Review by bissie December 11, 2006 (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
Thanking wehecht for his review, let me just point out that the Peer Gynt Suites were NOT extracted from the Complete Peer Gynt, recorded earlier. They were recorded anew in the version that Grieg himself made. For obvious reasons, I cannot grade my own SA-CD, but I do like it immensely...

Best - Robert (von Bahr), CEO, BIS Records

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Review by wehecht December 9, 2006 (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
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Recently I was driving my daughter's car, which is old enough to lack a cd player. As a result I was scanning up and down the FM band and heard a familiar melody, which I couldn't immediately place. Far several minutes I did my best Glenn Gould imitation, singing along with the music, occasionally in tune. I was really enjoying this piece which I knew well but couldn't name, and I realized I had not heard it in a very long time. Eventually, of course, the penny dropped and I recognized that I was listening to the incidental music from Peer Gynt. Those very enjoyable few minutes in the car caused me to place an order for this disc as soon as I got home. I presume that this recording of the suites is excerpted from BIS' recording of the complete Peer Gynt music which has been very favorably reviewed elsewhere on this site. Grieg came to almost regret the popularity of the Peer Gynt music, its prevalence in numerous strange arrangements, and the way it overshadowed his other works, excepting, always, the piano concerto. Nonetheless this is simply great fun, the suites providing over a half hour of uninterrupted melody, colorfully orchestrated. The music is beautifully played by the Bergen Philharmonic under Ole Kristian Ruud, and recorded in fabulous sound. Timbres are perfectly rendered, dynamics are realistic, and the orchestral image has an entirely appropriate scale, with clear impressions of width, depth, and height. In my room, on my equipment, this is as good as it gets.

In addition to the PG suites the disc contains two terrific short pieces, a moving funeral march for Grieg's friend Rikard Nordraak, and the evocative "Bell Ringing", a highly impressionistic orchestration of one of the "lyric pieces" originally for piano. The other sizable piece, a set of variations on an old Norwegian tune, is not out of Grieg's top drawer but is still a pleasant enough listen for 25 minutes. All in all, a wonderful disc.

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Works: 5  

Edvard Grieg - Gammel norsk melodi med variasjoner (Old Norwegian melody with variations), Op. 51
Edvard Grieg - Lyriske stykker (Lyric Pieces) V, Op. 54
Edvard Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
Edvard Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55
Edvard Grieg - Sørgemarsj over Rikard Nordraak (Nordraak's Funeral March), EG 107