Edward Gardner, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Choirs, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet – Grieg: Piano Concerto & Incidental Music to ‘Peer Gynt’ (2018) MCH SACD ISO

Edward Gardner, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Choirs, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet – Grieg: Piano Concerto & Incidental Music to ‘Peer Gynt’ (2018)
SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz  | 01:22:56 minutes | 3,7 GB | Genre: Classical | © Chandos

This much awaited recording offers keenly idiomatic performances of the most famous works by Grieg, played by the composer’s own orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, and its Chief Conductor, Edward Gardner. The drama and passion of such favourite pieces as the incidental music to Peer Gynt and the Piano Concerto are superbly captured in surround-sound with exemplary Chandos sound quality. Unlike most existing recordings, offering only the orchestral suites, this disc presents numerous extra excerpts from Peer Gynt, which follow the sequence of Henrik Ibsen‘s dramatic poem, including sections for the unique Norwegian ‘Hardanger Fiddle’. Having collaborated with the orchestra on several occasions, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is the soloist in the Piano Concerto, a piece that stands out as a shining example of a single great thought captured and expressed in music. The power of this conception is evident throughout the concerto in the pianist’s faithful, yet highly romantic interpretation.

Gardner is certainly alive to the drama of the tale and his ‘Hall of the Mountain King’ is superbly caught by Chandos’s engineers…while the ‘Morning Mood’ that opens Act 4 attains a refreshing simplicity hard to achieve in such well-known music…In the Piano Concerto, Gardner brings to the table flair, drive and an almost Tchaikovskian lushness to the string sound, which matches well Bavouzet’s commanding manner in the piano’s opening flourish. – Gramophone Magazine, January 2018


Grieg: Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23 54:41
No. 1, Prelude. I bryllupsgården
No. 3a, Halling
No. 3b, Springar
No. 4, Prelude. Bruderovet – Ingrids klage
No. 5, Peer Gynt og seterjentene
No. 8, I Dovregubbens hall
No. 9, Dans av Dovregubbens datter
No. 14, Åses død
No. 15, Prelude. Morgenstemning
No. 17, Arabisk dans
No. 18, Anitras dans
No. 19, Peer Gynts serenade
No. 21, Solveigs sang
No. 23, Prelude. Peer Gynts hjemfart. Stormfull aften på havet
No. 27, Pinsesalme. Velsignede morgen
No. 28, Solveigs vuggevise

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 28:20
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato



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