Grieg – In the Hall of the Mountain King (Edvard Grieg)
From the album "E. Grieg: Complete Symphonic Works Vol. I" (2011) audite Musikproduktion, Ludger Böckenhoff (aud. 92651), produced by Westdeutsche Rundfunk, Cologne, 2010, licensed by WDR Mediagroup Licensing GmbH
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The German audiophile label audite has released the first two albums in their excellent “Edvard Grieg – Complete Symphonic Works” series with WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, conducted by Eivind Aadland. The WDR Orchestra was formed in 1947 and their chief conductor today is Finish Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
Throughout its history, many outstanding conductors have stood in front of this orchestra: Busch, Kleiber, Klemperer, Böhm, Karajan, Wand, Solti, Previn, Maazel, Abbado and Mehta - just to mention a few! During his career, Norwegian conductor Eivind Aaland has paid special attention to Scandinavian composers, so it is no wonder that Grieg, Aadland and this outstanding orchestra are a perfect match for this composition.
“In the Hall of the Mountain King” from the Peer Gynt Suite by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg is a brief, yet nonetheless spectacular piece of music. The dynamic range of the recording equipment as well as the playback setup - including the loudspeakers - is paramount here.
Right from the soft, subtle introduction through to the final crescendo, this recording delivers a truly realistic and impressive reproduction of the fascinating sound of a full symphony orchestra and of the natural acoustical properties of a fine concert hall.