GRIEG: ‘PEER GYNT’ Edvard Grieg was my first favorite composer when I was a child. And the piece that hooked me was his incidental music for Ibsen’s epic play “Peer Gynt.” The saga of the restless young Peer Gynt and the adventures he encounters, from Arabian dancers to the fearful Mountain King, is a natural for children. But it’s the wistful beauty, melodic richness and dramatic fervor of the music that should pull them in. I recommend the conductor Paavo Jarvi’s swashbuckling recording of the complete score, performed with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, two choruses and three fine vocal soloists, on Virgin Classics ($16.98).
Friday, November 03, 2006
Seeds of a Classical Collection for the Musically Literate Child
The New York Times' Anthony Tommasini's list in today's paper includes this item from Paavo's catalog of recordings: