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Sibelius: Night Ride & Sunrise; Belshazzar's Feast; Kuolema

Sibelius , Inkinen , New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Orchestra: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Inkinen
  • Composer: Sibelius
  • Audio CD (December 16, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B001JNCOF6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pan & Echo (Dance Intermezzo No. 3), for orchestra (or piano), Op. 53a
2. Pieces (2) for orchestra, Op. 45: 1. The Dryad
3. Pieces (2) for orchestra, Op. 45: 2. Tanz-Intermezzo
4. Valse Triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1
5. Scene with Cranes, tone poem for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/2
6. Kuolema (Death), incidental music for orchestra (II), Op. 62: Canzonetta, Op. 62a
7. Kuolema (Death), incidental music for orchestra (II), Op. 62: Valse romantique, Op. 62b

Editorial Reviews

While the beloved Valse triste and Scene with Cranes from Kuolema are virtually signature tunes for the great Finnish composer, much of Sibelius' orchestral and theatrical music remains undeservedly less familiar. From the incidental music for the pl

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inkinen conducts a jewel. December 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Pietari Inkinen is from the sounds of this disc an excellent Sibelius interpreter. Every little gem on this disc dances or mystifies with wonderful aplomb.

Mr. Inkinen is going to come to conduct my home orchestra next month and I can't wait to see how he does with Dvorak 7.

But back to this disc. Naxos sound has improved dramatically, but Mr. Inkinen has his New Zealanders sounding like a top Scandinavian ensemble in this music.

Warm (huh???) is the description that most suits this set of recordings. Put on a headset and a delightful orchestral balance plus a warmth I can't find in other recordings of these works will dance in your head.

Sibelius is not the cool, brooding, and frozen tundra composer here except maybe for "Night Ride and Sunrise" and certain parts of "Kuolema". Yet, you don't feel like you're out in the cold here.

"Valse Triste" is simply wonderful. HvK would be envious of Mr. Inkinen's and the New Zealander's performance here.

Many of these works have not been recorded very often over the years. So, to have them together in a collection of this quality is an absolute must have for Sibelius collectors and those newly interested in his music.

Can you say "Buy it now"?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sibelius Suites and Tone Poems January 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD
On the heels of their lauded first release of Sibelius orchestral music, Sibelius: Scenes Historiques I & II / King Christian Ii Pietari Inkinen and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are back with some of Sibelius's lesser known works, as well as a couple of much better known ones. Sibelius has always been a huge favorite in New Zealand, as he has in the USA and England, and there is a tradition there of excellent performances of his music. Indeed, the early music of the country's best-known composer of the last century, Douglas Lilburn, often sounds almost indistinguishable from Sibelius's.

The disc contains a fine performance of 'Night Ride and Sunrise', Op. 55, one of the better known tone poems here. It is followed by a work I'd never heard before, 'Pan and Echo (Tanz-Intermezzo No. 3)', Op. 53a, a five-minute piece which evokes a pagan world peopled by nymphs and satyrs. The 'Suite from "Belshazzar's Feast"', Op. 51, is a four-movement work, incidental music for a long-forgotten play by Sibelius's friend Hjalmar Procopé. It opens with an 'Oriental Procession' set in Belshazzar's Babylon and is followed by delicate 'Solitude', originally titled 'The Jewish Girl's Song. The suite concludes with the evocative 'Night Music' and with 'Khadra's Dance', a genteel belly-dance.

'Two Pieces for Orchestra', Op. 45, consists of 'The Dryad', a six-minute impressionistic tone poem which has us again back in pagan Greek days. It is coupled with 'Tanz-Intermezzo No. 2', three high-spirited minutes featuring harp glissandi, and oboe and cornet solos all in almost Viennese waltz time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCIDENTAL AND NOT SO INCIDENTAL August 3, 2011
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Sibelius wrote incidental music for some ten or a dozen theatrical productions. There are selections from two of these here, together with four other works, one of which is definitely a tone-poem and three can be classified as tone-poems for want of any other category to put them in. There are several good reasons for recommending this issue. One is that the performances are excellent, another is that the recorded sound is excellent, and another is that the value is excellent. Naxos just seem to keep coming up trumps in terms of imagination, boldness, general quality and sheer value for money. May they continue to defy trends in the world economy that other enterprises are going to find a problem.

I have recently bought two other Sibelius issues, and to start with I have played Night Ride and Sunrise from both of them by way of a benchmark for assessing this disc. Whether first impressions will last I have no way of telling, but while they are all I have I would award first place to this account in preference to either the Lahti SO or even the classic version by the ultra-dependable Dorati with the great LSO. There would have to be a very good reason indeed for such a ranking, and the reason is the recorded quality. The sound here is fresh and clean, and that gets the disc off to a tremendous start with the terrific opening bars of Night Ride and Sunrise. I suppose I have to add a further compliment - to the editing. Those great opening bars are followed by a further 16 and ˝ minutes of great music, and I can hardly imagine a more brilliant initial impression being made.
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