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Sullivan, Sibelius: Shakespeare's Tempest

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Coupling Arthur Sullivan and Jean Sibelius' scores for Shakespeare's "The Tempest" was a brilliant decision. How else could one so easily and directly compare the two composers, the one a master of late-Victorian operetta and the other a master of early modernist symphonism? Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sullivan's "Suite" is Mendelssohnian in its essence and those who hear the elves from a "Midsummer Night's Dream" in its pages are probably not wholly mistaken. "Banquet Dance" with its bouncy strings, the "Overture to Act IV" with its charming bells and flutes, and the "Dance of Nymphs and Reapers" with its spiccato violins over legato cellos could easily be mistaken for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Coupling Arthur Sullivan and Jean Sibelius' scores for Shakespeare's "The Tempest" was a brilliant decision. How else could one so easily and directly compare the two composers, the one a master of late-Victorian operetta and the other a master of early modernist symphonism? Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sullivan's "Suite" is Mendelssohnian in its essence and those who hear the elves from a "Midsummer Night's Dream" in its pages are probably not wholly mistaken. "Banquet Dance" with its bouncy strings, the "Overture to Act IV" with its charming bells and flutes, and the "Dance of Nymphs and Reapers" with its spiccato violins over legato cellos could easily be mistaken for outtakes from Mendelssohn's incidental music. Sibelius' score is made from sterner stuff. From the cosmic storm of the "Prelude" through the melancholy magnificence of "Prospero" to the otherworldly mystery of the "Berceuse," Sibelius' take on "The Tempest" is darker, grander, and much more frightening than Sullivan's The performance by the Kansas City Symphony under Michael Stern are as brilliant as the coupling. With their robust ensemble and a vigorous sense of purpose, these are performances filled with poetry, passion, and power. Whether in Sullivan's sprightly "Tempest" or Sibelius' spooky "Tempest," Stern and the Kansas City musicians turn in first-rate performances. Recorded in crisp, vital sound, this disc is delightful from start to finish.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2008
  • Label: Reference Recordings
  • UPC: 030911111526
  • Catalog Number: 115
  • Sales rank: 119,969

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–7 The Tempest, incidental music, Op. 1 - Arthur Sullivan & Kansas City Symphony (28:16)
  2. 2 The Tempest, prelude for orchestra (from the incidental music, Op. 109) - Jean Sibelius & Kansas City Symphony (5:39)
  3. 9–17 The Tempest: Suite No. 2, for orchestra, Op. 109/3 - Jean Sibelius & Kansas City Symphony (14:30)
  4. 10 The Tempest: Suite No. 1, for orchestra, Op. 109/2: The Oak Tree - Jean Sibelius & Kansas City Symphony (2:58)
  5. 11 The Tempest: Suite No. 1, for orchestra, Op. 109/2: Humoresque - Jean Sibelius & Kansas City Symphony (1:07)
  6. 12 The Tempest: Suite No. 1, for orchestra, Op. 109/2: Caliban's Song - Jean Sibelius & Kansas City Symphony (1:15)
  7. 13 The Tempest: Suite No. 1, for orchestra, Op. 109/2: The Harvesters - Jean Sibelius & Kansas City Symphony (2:07)
  8. 14 The Tempest: Suite No. 1, for orchestra, Op. 109/2: Canon - Jean Sibelius & Kansas City Symphony (1:27)
  9. 15 The Tempest: Suite No. 1, for orchestra, Op. 109/2: Scene - Jean Sibelius & Kansas City Symphony (1:28)
  10. 16 The Tempest: Suite No. 1, for orchestra, Op. 109/2: Intrada - Jean Sibelius & Kansas City Symphony (0:41)
  11. 17 The Tempest: Suite No. 1, for orchestra, Op. 109/2: Berceuse - Jean Sibelius & Kansas City Symphony (1:42)
  12. 18 The Tempest: Suite No. 1, for orchestra, Op. 109/2: Ariel's Song - Jean Sibelius & Kansas City Symphony (3:53)
  13. 19 The Tempest: Suite No. 1, for orchestra, Op. 109/2: The Storm - Jean Sibelius & Kansas City Symphony (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Stern Primary Artist
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