Grieg's Peer Gynt
From the Barbican Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Grieg's complete incidental music to Ibsen's Peer Gynt is performed by a cast of actors and singers, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marc Minkowski.
Grieg: Peer Gynt (complete incidental music)
Solveig ..... Miah Persson (soprano)
Anitra ..... Ann Hallenberg (mezzo)
Peer Gynt ..... Johannes Weisser (baritone)
Actors from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Marc Minkowski (conductor)
Henrik Ibsen originally conceived of his Norwegian folk play Peer Gynt as a closet drama - meant to be read rather than performed. Little could he have expected that it would have been a runaway success on the stage in the late 19th century - a success that was due in no small part to the hugely popular incidental music composed for the play by the then 30-year-old Edvard Grieg, including such memorable moments as 'Morning Mood' and 'In the Hall of the Moutain King'. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Singers, together with a cast of young actors and distinguished soloists, perform a complete concert version of Grieg's music in the context of the original play in an abridged version by Alain Perroux, translated by Stephen Taylor. The vivacious French conductor Marc Minkowski returns to the Barbican podium.