WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The incidental music composed by Grieg for Ibsen's play Peer Gynt includes arias, choruses and orchestral sections and was performed in Norwegian at the 2001 Proms with the musical elements united by an English narration adapted from the play. For this performance, the whole work will be sung in English using text by Beryl Foster. The work is full of well-known tunes including Anitra's Dance, Solveig's Song and In the Hall of the Mountain King. The Piano Concerto was the only concerto Grieg completed and its final version was finished only a few weeks before his death. It is one of the best-known of all piano concertos, opening with a timpani roll in the first bar, leading to a dramatic piano flourish. This promises to be an exciting concert, featuring music which is both familiar and loved by all.