Sibelius: Scènes historiques 1 & 2; King Christian II Suite, Op. 27

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
One might not at first take the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as a natural Sibelius orchestra. But under the direction of Pietari Inkinen, the orchestra's young Finnish-born conductor, the New Zealand players turn in performances as ripe and lovely as the best ever recorded. For this 2006 disc, Inkinen has chosen three less-known groups of works: both three-movement sets called "Scènces historiques" plus the five-movement suite extracted and adapted from his incidental music for King Christian II. Each department of the orchestra is superb -- the warm and expressive woodwinds, the lush strings, the brash brass, and the precise percussion -- and together they blend and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
One might not at first take the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as a natural Sibelius orchestra. But under the direction of Pietari Inkinen, the orchestra's young Finnish-born conductor, the New Zealand players turn in performances as ripe and lovely as the best ever recorded. For this 2006 disc, Inkinen has chosen three less-known groups of works: both three-movement sets called "Scènces historiques" plus the five-movement suite extracted and adapted from his incidental music for King Christian II. Each department of the orchestra is superb -- the warm and expressive woodwinds, the lush strings, the brash brass, and the precise percussion -- and together they blend and balance in tuttis that have the richness of the English Sibelius tradition coupled with the leanness of the Finnish Sibelius tradition. But beyond that, their performances have the energy, passion, and determination of players trying to make their mark in this repertoire. And they do: under Inkinen's masterful hands, these strong yet soulful recordings are in the same league as Barbirolli and Saraste. Recorded by Tim Handley in Wellington Town Hall in Wellington in 2006, Naxos' digital sound is full, deep, and round.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313006878
  • Catalog Number: 8570068
  • Sales rank: 135,522

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Scènes Historiques I (3), suite for orchestra, Op. 25 - Jean Sibelius & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (18:12)
  2. 4–6 Scènes Historiques II (3), suite for orchestra, Op. 66 - Jean Sibelius & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (19:41)
  3. 7–11 King Christian II (Kung Kristian II), orchestral suite, Op. 27 - Jean Sibelius & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (25:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pietari Inkinen Primary Artist
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