A phantasmagorical drama
“Morning”, “In the Hall of the Mountain King”, “Anitra’s Dance”…few works contain so many memorable tunes as Peer Gynt. Originally written to accompany Ibsen’s phantasmagorical drama Peer Gynt, Grieg’s incidental music is usually heard in shortened form in an orchestral suite. This concert presents a specially abridged version of Grieg’s entire score, including the rarely heard music for vocal soloists and chorus.
When pianist Friedrich Gulda wasn’t making a name for himself as one of the great Mozart and Beethoven interpreters of the last century, he was indulging his passion for jazz. Gulda’s Cello Concerto, which was written for legendary cellist Heinrich Schiff, is an extraordinary mash-up of big band, brass band and Austrian folk music. It also includes some amazing cello riffs. Sue-Ellen Paulsen lets fly as soloist.