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Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King

Katie Derham features Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No 1 for the BBC's Ten Pieces project. Plus Rossini: Overture (La scala di seta). Bax: 4 Orchestral Sketches. Walton: Violin Concerto.

With Katie Derham

With "Ten Pieces", the BBC is aiming to inspire a generation of children in primary schools to get creative with Classical Music, and every weekday this week and next, Afternoon on 3 offers a chance to hear the whole works at the beginning of each programme at 2pm.

Today, the first suite that Grieg made from incidental music he had written for Ibsen's drama Peer Gynt. In a fantastical Norway, young Peer Gynt seduces a troll maiden and is brought before the Troll King in the Hall of the Mountain King.

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The rest of the programme features the BBC Philharmonic in Walton's Violin Concerto, with soloist Midori, and Bax's 4 Orchestral Sketches.

Ten Pieces:
Peer Gynt Suite No.1
Ulster Orchestra
Rumon Gamba (conductor)

La Scala di Seta Overture
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

4 Orchestral Sketches
BBC Philharmonic
Andrew Davis (conductor)

Violin Concerto in B minor
Midori (violin)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor).

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Arnold Bax

    Four Orchestral Sketches

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Andrew Davis.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder) - Overture

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Edgar - Act 3; Prelude

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Performer: Yuri Torchinsky. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • The Italian Intermezzo: BBC Philharmonic/Noseda.
    • Chandos.
    • 10.
  • William Walton

    Violin Concerto in B minor

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena. Performer: Midori.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op. 46

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Philharmonic