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Edvard Grieg (1843–1907): PEER GYNT: In The Hall Of The Mountain King
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi, conductor. Mad About Classics (Deutsche Grammophon)
When the great Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen first approached Edvard Grieg in 1874 with a request to provide incidental music to his play Peer Gynt, the young composer readily accepted. However, Grieg soon discovered that the story was quite unmanageable musically, and his work progressed slowly, taking the young composer over a year and a half to finish the score. A sprawling satirical fantasy, Peer Gynt follows a young ne'er-do-well named Peer as he lies, cheats, and steals his way around the world. In the first act, we find Peer in the mountain lair of the King of the Trolls, who is attempting to persuade peer to marry his daughter. At first Peer agrees, but in the end he denounces the trolls and escapes. Apparently, even though he was a king, having a troll for a father-in-law was just too much to bear.