Sibelius: Tone Poems; Songs

Sibelius: Tone Poems; Songs

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Overview

A generous double disc of Sibelius' most celebrated tone poems and less familiar works, this 2004 EMI Classics compilation is recommended as a fine alternative to skimpier greatest-hits packages. Yes, "Finlandia" is here, along with the popular "Swan of Tuonela," "Pohjola's Daughter," and the "Karelia Suite," and Sir Malcolm Sargent's outstanding renditions with the Vienna Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra are brilliantly remastered. But the riveting performances by Antal Dorati and the London Symphony Orchestra of "En Saga," "Night Ride & Sunrise," and "The Oceanides" are exciting finds that no Sibelius buff should miss. Sir Alexander Gibson's performances with the Scottish National Orchestra of "King Christian II Suite," "Karelia Overture," "The Bard," and "Festivo" may have the least focused sound, but the playing is deeply expressive and wonderfully rich in Romantic coloration. More difficult to embrace, however, are the songs, evocatively performed by soprano Siv Wennberg and pianist Geoffrey Parsons, but a little hard to follow without translated lyrics. The referral to EMI's website for the texts is unreasonable, and the label may be faulted for cutting costs here. Yet this one drawback does not weigh too heavily against the quantity of great performances and the excellent remastering, which give this reissue exceptional value.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2004
Label: Emi Classics
UPC: 0724358578522
catalogNumber: 85785

Tracks

  1. Luonnotar (The Spirit of Nature), tone poem for voice & orchestra, Op. 70
  2. En Saga, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 9
  3. Night Ride & Sunrise (Öinen ratsastus ja auringonnousu), symphonic poem for orchestra, Op. 55
  4. The Oceanides (Aallottaret), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 73
  5. King Christian II (Kung Kristian II), orchestral suite, Op. 27
  6. Karelia Overture, for orchestra, Op. 10
  7. Karelia Suite, for orchestra, Op. 11
  8. The Swan of Tuonela, tone poem for orchestra (Lemminkäinen Suite No. 3), Op. 22/3
  9. Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26
  10. Pohjola's Daughter (Pohjolan tytär), symphonic fantasy for orchestra, Op. 49
  11. The Bard (Barden), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 64
  12. Scènes Historiques I (3), suite for orchestra, Op. 25: Festivo
  13. The First Kiss (Den förste kyssen, II), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1
  14. Spring is flying (Våren flyktar hastigt) song for voice & piano, Op. 13/4
  15. The Maid Returned from Meeeting her Lover (Flickan kon ifrån sin älsklings möte), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/5
  16. Black Roses (Svarta rosor), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/1

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