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5. Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Lyric Pieces & Excerpts from the incidental music for Sigurd Jorsalfar

The Norwegian composer Grieg is well enough known as the composer of one of the most popular of all romantic piano concertos. He was closely associated with the playwright Ibsen, for whose Peer Gynt he wrote incidental music that is probably better known now than the play itself, with its curious hero Peer, his visit to the Troll kingdom and travels abroad. The many Lyric Pieces, originally for piano, lent themselves to orchestration. Grieg extracted three pieces from the five that made up his incidental music to Bjørnson's play Sigurd Jorsalfar.

Recommended recording
Peer Gynt Suites, Lyric Pieces, Sigurd Jorsalfar, Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, with Jerzy Maksymiuk and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Naxos 8.550864

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