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Sibelius: Suites - Pelleas et Melisande, King Christian II, Swanwhite / Sakari

Sibelius / Iceland Sym Orch / Sakari
Release Date: 07/29/2014 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10828   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Daoi KolbeinssonMonika AbendrothSauli Tiilikainen
Conductor:  Petri Sakari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I cannot remember having enjoyed this music more. Petri Sakari’s performance is totally unaffected, plain and full of enthusiasm; the players sound as if they are enjoying this score and communicate their pleasure.

– Gramophone, reviewing original release

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This reissue features performances of incidental music by Jean Sibelius, recorded in 1992 by Petri Sakari and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Sakari’s recordings with this orchestra during the 1990s made a significant contribution to the discography of Scandinavian music, notably of works by Grieg, Sibelius, and Madetoja.

Sibelius composed the score for King Christian II, a play by his friend Adolf Paul, in 1898 and
Read more it anticipates the richly romantic sound of the First Symphony. Here the usual suite is expanded by the inclusion of two movements from the incidental music not usually heard: the Menuetto and "The Fool’s Song."

Maurice Maeterlinck’s much-performed yet complex psychological drama Pelléas et Mélisande inspired works by Debussy, Fauré, Schoenberg, and Sibelius, whose incidental music consists mainly of interludes in a uniquely dark, subdued, and typically Nordic vein.

Altogether sweeter is the delicate and poetic score for Swanwhite, August Strindberg's "idealistic play of pure beauty." Sibelius condensed the original music into a charming concert suite of seven movements, five of which are recorded here. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Daoi Kolbeinsson (English Horn)
Conductor:  Petri Sakari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  Haskolabio, Reykjavik 
Length: 28 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Swanwhite, Op. 54: Excerpt(s) by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Monika Abendroth (Harp)
Conductor:  Petri Sakari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  Haskolabio, Reykjavik 
Length: 18 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
King Christian II, Op. 27 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Sauli Tiilikainen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Petri Sakari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  Haskolabio, Reykjavik 
Length: 31 Minutes 27 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 46 (version for orchestra): I. At the Castle Gate
Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 46 (version for orchestra): II. Melisande
Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 46 (version for orchestra): IIa. At the Seashore
Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 46 (version for orchestra): III. A Spring in the Park
Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 46 (version for orchestra): IV. The 3 Blind Sisters
Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 46 (version for orchestra): V. Pastorale
Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 46 (version for orchestra): VI. Melisande and the Spinning Wheel
Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 46 (version for orchestra): VII. Entr'acte
Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 46 (version for orchestra): VIII. The Death of Melisande
Swanwhite Suite, Op. 54: II. The Harp
Swanwhite Suite, Op. 54: III. The Maidens with the Roses
Swanwhite Suite, Op. 54: V. The Prince alone
Swanwhite Suite, Op. 54: VI. Swanwhite and the Prince
Swanwhite Suite, Op. 54: VII. Song of Praise
King Kristian II, Op. 27 (arr. for baritone and orchestra): I. Nocturne
King Kristian II, Op. 27 (arr. for baritone and orchestra): II. Elegie -
King Kristian II, Op. 27 (arr. for baritone and orchestra): IIa. Musette
King Kristian II, Op. 27 (arr. for baritone and orchestra): III. Menuetto
King Kristian II, Op. 27 (arr. for baritone and orchestra): IV. Fool's Song of the Spider
King Kristian II, Op. 27 (arr. for baritone and orchestra): V. Serenade
King Kristian II, Op. 27 (arr. for baritone and orchestra): VI. Ballade

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