Grieg: Peer Gynt (excerpts); Old Norwegian Romance with Variations

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LABELS: Philips Solo
WORKS: Peer Gynt (excerpts); Old Norwegian Romance with Variations
PERFORMER: Elly Ameling (soprano)San Francisco SO & Chorus/ Edo de Waart, Philharmonia Orchestra/Raymond Leppard
CATALOGUE NO: 454 130-2 (1982/3)
The selection from Grieg’s incidental music to Ibsen’s play comprises 12 items – more than the two popular suites combined, but a good deal less than the 23 numbers published in the full score. Edo de Waart’s spry conducting draws excellent playing from the San Francisco orchestra, while Elly Ameling’s light-voiced singing could scarcely be bettered. Grieg’s rarely performed post-Brahmsian variations (originally written for two pianos) are rather inconsequential, but they’re delightfully scored and expertly played. George Hall