Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite; King Christian II; Pelléas et Mélisande

Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite; King Christian II; Pelléas et Mélisande

by Osmo Vänskä
     
 

The Swedish label BIS has been indefatigably digging up lost Sibelian treasures. Here conductor Osmo Vänskä revives the original scores of three suites: "Karelia," "King Christian II," and "Pelléas and Mélisande." Although none differs drastically from its final, published version, many details areSee more details below

Overview

The Swedish label BIS has been indefatigably digging up lost Sibelian treasures. Here conductor Osmo Vänskä revives the original scores of three suites: "Karelia," "King Christian II," and "Pelléas and Mélisande." Although none differs drastically from its final, published version, many details are marvelous in their own right. For example, using singers in the lyrical ballade from "Karelia" and "The Three Blind Sisters" from "Pelléas" brings out the folksy, melancholy lyricism of the melodies. "King Christian II" and "Pelléas" are scored more lightly than in the later versions, and the delicate textures heard here suit the music more effectively. As in his acclaimed recordings of Sibelius's symphonies, Osmo's osmosis with this repertory is complete, and his excellent Finnish orchestra plays with refined expressiveness and atmosphere.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/1999
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590009185
catalogNumber:
918
Rank:
185785

Tracks

  1. Karelia Suite, for orchestra, Op. 11  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Raimo Laukka  - Osmo Vänskä
  2. King Christian II (Kung Kristian II), incidental music & orchestral suite for voice & orchestra, Op. 27  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Raimo Laukka  - John Skinner  - Osmo Vänskä
  3. Pelléas et Mélisande, incidental music for orchestra, Op. 46  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - Bertel Gripenberg  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Maurice Maeterlinck  - Osmo Vänskä  - Anna-Lisa Jakobsson

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