Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast; Overture in E; Scène de Ballet; Wedding March; Cortège; Menuetto; Processional

Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast; Overture in E; Scène de Ballet; Wedding March; Cortège; Menuetto; Processional

by Leif Segerstam

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2015
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313330072
catalogNumber: 8573300

Tracks

  1. Masonic Ritual Music, for male voices, piano & organ, Op. 113: Processional
  2. Menuetto for piano in A minor, JS 5
  3. Cortège, for orchestra
  4. Kuolema (Death), incidental music for orchestra (II), Op. 62
  5. The Captive Queen (Vapautettu kuningatar), cantata for chorus & orchestra, Op. 48
  6. Scène de Ballet (Ballettikohtaus), for orchestra
  7. Overture for orchestra in E major

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Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast; Overture in E; Scène de Ballet; Wedding March; Cortège; Menuetto; Processional 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lollidamaAC More than 1 year ago
Sibelius composed a considerable amount of material in support of theatrical productions. Belshazzar’s Feast is one such example. As pure music it certainly has its attractions. Its 11 numbers are colorful, expressive and exquisitely scored. The exigencies of composing for the theatre resulted in writing that is compact and consequently not treated to the extensive and intricate development one encounters in the symphonies, tone poems and violin concerto. This new recording featuring Leif Segerstam and the Turku Philharmonic of Finland is quite good. Maestro Segerstam keeps things moving nicely, successfully holding his own against the likes of Jarvi and Vanska. Soprano, Pia Pajala shines in her brief contribution. In general, the playing is excellent but could have benefited from a tad more lilt. The somewhat dry, closely miked pickup accentuates this impression. Atmosphere takes a back seat to analytic clarity. Still this does not detract significantly from the high standards consistently attained. The accompanying 6 compositions, 2 of which are very early attempts at symphonic writing, are all worthwhile to varying degrees. The most interesting and successful being Scene de Ballet, Language of the Birds, Cortege and Menuetto. Excellent liner notes top off this valuable addition to the Sibelius literature.