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|