Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) was approached by dramatist Henrik Ibsen in 1874 to compose incidental music for a staging of his five-act play Peer Gynt. Although Grieg had been laboring over an opera with Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson since 1873, he pursued the project, believing it would not distract him from his operatic endeavors. In the end, the opera was dropped and Grieg devoted his time to Peer Gynt, which would become some of his most popular music. Grieg completed the score in 1875 and the first performance took place on February 24, 1876.
This recording is performed by Orquesta Filarmónica De La Ciudad de México under the direction of Fernando Lorenzo.
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