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Saturday, January 19, 2019 Permalink

The Incidental Connection


It was the “soundtrack music” of its day, written to underscore the live performance of a play—in this case, Edvard Grieg’s music for Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.

Grieg was just one of many classical composers who took on the task of writing what is called “incidental music.” And in most cases, the results are far better known than the plays they were written for—often justifiably so.

In this hour, theatrical works by Purcell, Bizet, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Grieg, and Vaughan Williams. 


CD Title Group/Artist Disc/Track* Catalog # UPC
Grieg: Peer Gynt Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi.  1, 7, 11, 14 Virgin Classics 7243 5 4522 2 772435452227
Purcell: Overtures Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Ronald Thomas 9 Chandos CHAN 8424 501468284226 
Schubert: Rosamunde Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado 1 Deutsche Grammophon 431655-2 00028943165525
Beethoven:  Symphony #10, etc. Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Douglas Bostock 7 Classico Class CD 472   5709644036066
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn 2 EMI Classics  CDC 7471632 00724357498128
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Consort of London and Consort of Voices, Robert Haydon Clark 21-23 Collins Classics 1141-4 [none]
Vaughan Williams” Piano Concerto, etc. Royal Liverpool Orchestra, James Judd 5 Naxos  8.572304 747313230471

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