Greig – In the hall of the mountain king (Leaping Ahead #121)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #121: 160430

[Favourite classical piece (2)]

From Peer Gynt, Op. 23 – the incidental music to Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 play of the same name, written by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg in 1875 – ‘In the hall of the mountain king’ is my 2nd classical selection. I have a 1966 vinyl copy of the suite performed by the London Symphony Orchestra which I inherited from my father. There’s a lot of great pieces here, but this is my favourite. Something about the building mystery rising to a crescendo as it develops.

J S Bach – Air on a G String (Leaping Ahead #25)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #25 (160125)

[A favourite classical piece]

The second movement from Bach’s orchestral suite No.3 in D major is most famously associated in the jazz arrangement of it played by the Jacques Loussier Trio as the accompaniment to the ‘Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet’ tobacco adverts. These ran on British TV from 1966 through 1991 when they were finally banned.