Editors’ Notes When Edvard Grieg was invited to compose incidental music for the fairytale play Peer Gynt by his eminent compatriot Henrik Ibsen, it stimulated the Norwegian composer's growing nationalistic style. Filled with hummable tunes such as "Morning Mood" and "In the Hall of the Mountain King," these suites have joined that rare company of concert pieces known and loved by almost everyone. The distinguished Herbert Von Karajan gives a grippingly dramatic reading here, with the awe-inspiring Berlin Philharmonic captured in spacious sound. In particular, the sumptuous Berlin strings in the wonderful Holberg Suite evoke the crisp air of the Scandinavian landscape.

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46