Sibelius: The Tempest

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
The incidental music Sibelius wrote for Shakespeare's The Tempest contain some fine music -- but the orchestral suites he drew from the music are decidedly second-rate. For the suites, Sibelius reordered, reorchestrated, and in some cases rewrote the music from the whole complement of music to accompany the play. He left out all the vocal music for these orchestral suites. In its original version, however, with all the music intact and in the right order, the complete "Incidental Music for The Tempest" is the best score Sibelius wrote for the stage. Of course, this didn't really become clear until the release of this recording of the complete work by Jukka-Pekka Saraste ...
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All Music Guide - James Leonard
The incidental music Sibelius wrote for Shakespeare's The Tempest contain some fine music -- but the orchestral suites he drew from the music are decidedly second-rate. For the suites, Sibelius reordered, reorchestrated, and in some cases rewrote the music from the whole complement of music to accompany the play. He left out all the vocal music for these orchestral suites. In its original version, however, with all the music intact and in the right order, the complete "Incidental Music for The Tempest" is the best score Sibelius wrote for the stage. Of course, this didn't really become clear until the release of this recording of the complete work by Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, with the Festival Chorus and five of Scandanavia's best singers. Saraste characterizes each movement brilliantly but still holds the whole work together. The orchestra plays superbly and with deep conviction. The chorus is fantastic; their Chorus of the Winds is incredibly evocative and even spooky. The singers are all good, but Monica Groop as Ariel and Jorma Hynninen as Caliban are particularly magnificent. Ondine's sound is terrific, and even the liner notes are first-rate. Anyone who loves Sibelius, especially the Sibelius of the "Seventh Symphony" and "Tapiola," should hear this disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/1995
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195081327
  • Catalog Number: 813

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Disc 1
  1. 1–36 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109 - Jean Sibelius & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (57:05)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Conducted byJukka-Pekka Saraste
    Performed byFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Monica Groop, Jorma Hynninen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Juha Kuivanen, Jorma Silvasti, Sauli Tiilikainen, Raili Viljakainen, Opera Festival Chorus
    1. 1Overture- Largamente molto
    2. 2Act 1. Scene 1.: Miranda Lulled to Slumber- Andante sostenuto
    3. 3Act 1. Scene 1.: Ariel Approches- Allegro
    4. 4Act 1. Scene 1.: Chorus of the Winds- Molto moderato
    5. 5Act 1. Scene 1.: Ariel Hastens Away- Allegro
    6. 6Act 1. Scene 1.: "Kom herhid paa gule Sand"/ "Come unto these yellow sands"- Poco con moto- Poco tr
    7. 7Act 1. Scene 1.: "Fem Favne dybt"/ "Full fathom five thy father lies"- Largamente
    8. 8Act 2. Scene 2.: Entr'acte- Adagio- Poco meno adagio- Tempo primo
    9. 9Act 2. Scene 2.: The Oak Tree (Ariel) Plays the Flute- Molto moderato
    10. 10Act 2. Scene 2.: "Medens trygt I snorke her"/ "While you here do snoring lie"- Moderato
    11. 11Act 2. Scene 3.: Interlude (Caliban)- Allegretto- Piu moderato- Poco a poco stretto
    12. 12Act 2. Scene 3.: "Kaptejnen og Styrmand"/ "The master, the swabber, the boatswain, and I"- Commodo
    13. 13Act 2. Scene 3.: "Farvel, min Husbond, farvel, farvel!"/ "Farewell, master; farewell, farewell!"- M
    14. 14Act 3. Scene 4.: Interlude- Allegretto
    15. 15Act 3. Scene 5.: Allegro commodo
    16. 16Act 3. Scene 5.: "Flaa dem og slaa dem"/ "Flout 'em and scout 'em"- Allegretto con moto
    17. 17Act 3. Scene 6.: Dance of the Shapes- Moderato assai-Allegro molto moderato-Poco tranquillo-Allegro
    18. 18Act 3. Scene 6.: Ariel, like a Harpy- Grave
    19. 19Act 3. Scene 6.: Dance II (The Shapes Dance Out)- Allegro
    20. 20Act 4. Scene 7.: Intermezzo- Andante con moto
    21. 21Act 4. Scene 7.: Ariel Approaches- Allegro
    22. 22Act 4. Scene 7.: "Før du drage kan dit Vejr"/ "Before you can say 'Come' and 'Go' "- Allegretto mod
    23. 23Act 4. Scene 7.: The Rainbow- Poco adagio
    24. 24Act 4. Scene 7.: Iris's Melodrama- Moderato assai
    25. 25Act 4. Scene 7.: "Rigdom, Held of Børnelykke"/ "Honor, riches, marriage blessing"- Commodo
    26. 26Act 4. Scene 7.: Dance of the Naiads- Allegretto grazioso
    27. 27Act 4. Scene 7.: The Harvesters- Commodo
    28. 28Act 4. Scene 7.: Ariel Approaches- Allegro
    29. 29Act 4. Scene 7.: Ariel Hastens Away- Allegro
    30. 30Act 4. Scene 7.: Ariel Approaches- Allegro
    31. 31Act 4. Scene 7.: The Dogs- Poco con moto- Allegretto
    32. 32Act 5. Scene 8.: bis Overture- Poco con moto
    33. 33Act 5. Scene 8.: Largo- Un pochettino affrettando- Adagio
    34. 34Act 5. Scene 8.: "Med Bien drikker jeg af Krus"/ "Where the bee sucks, there suck I"- Poco con moto
    35. 35Act 5. Scene 8.: Cortège- Tempo giusto- Poco a poco stretto
    36. 36Act 5. Scene 8.: bis Epilogue- Poco adagio- Allargando
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Jukka-Pekka Saraste Primary Artist
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