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Sibelius: Nightride And Sunrise, Belshazzar's Feast Suite / Inkinen, New Zealand


Release Date: 12/16/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570763   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

R E V I E W S:

This is in general the lesser known Sibelius. It is done with atmosphere and hushed tension. Night Ride is a favourite of mine. It displays so many hallmarks: that relentless yet moulded ostinato, bird song, the romantic expression of the Second Symphony and the ascetic joys of the Sixth’s string textures. It’s such a contrast with the fleet-footed Paavo Järvi on Virgin but a delight to hear every detail limned with such sturdy enchantment. If you want something in between then try Dorati on EMI Gemini.

The Belshazzar's Feast Suite’s Oriental Procession in a similar idiom to Nielsen’s Aladdin music and Delius’s Hassan without the latter’s morbidezza. Solitude ticks trippingly along and melts
Read more entrancingly into the tenderness of Nocturne. The final segment (Khadra's Dance) is typically polished theatre music from Sibelius – deeply pleasing, succinct and with a tangy lilt – listen to that woody bassoon. Pan and Echo is a more serious piece which seems to come from the same world as the Third Symphony. The Dryad is a bleached and wan impression with a four-square style more closely related to that of the Fourth Symphony and the eerie pieces in the much later music for The Tempest. While still over-hung by some dread there is a little more in warmth in its companion – the op. 45 Tanz-Intermezzo. This segues smoothly into the one famous piece of Sibelius here: Valse triste – lovingly done. Scene with Cranes is intense but the woodwind voicing of the Cranes seems earth-bound beside Paavo Berglund’s famous version with the Bournemouth Symphony – and yet … and yet … Inkinen draws the most atmospheric playing from the NZSO violins. The last two pieces are pleasingly on-style but plumb no depths.

A nice collection which looks to me as if it might – with a previous Inkinen NZSO disc – form part of a complete cycle of the non-symphonic Sibelius. If so it will complement Naxos’s Iceland Symphony intégrale.

Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International

No complaints here. Pietari Inkinen paces the always problematic Night Ride perfectly, stressing the music's subtly changing tone colors and never permitting the rhythms to turn stiff and inexpressive. The engineering, with its rich bass, also complements the music's dark sonorities marvelously, making the "dawn" second half all the more luminous. It's a beautiful performance, and so goes the rest of the recital. Belshazzar's Feast is delightful, too short to qualify as "major" Sibelius, but each of its four numbers is a gem. It's also very nice to have both pieces in Op. 45 (The Dryad and Dance Intermezzo) kept together, while the Kuolema numbers (Valse triste, Scene with Cranes, Canzonetta, and Valse romantique) are best heard individually, though the performances are models of sensitivity. A fine release, plain and simple.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

"Pietari Inkinen is one of the most remarkably gifted conductors of a generation, this new release numbers among the great Sibelius recordings. The detail and subtle colours he brings to Night ride and sunrise is magical; his Belshazzar is full of atmosphere, and you listen with refreshed ears to the familiar Valse Triste which opens Kuolema. His New Zealand Symphony, already in the orchestral premier league, respond with superb playing in a magnificent disc. A “must buy” release."

-- David Denton, Yorkshire Post, December 5, 2008
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nightride and sunrise, Op. 55 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Finland 
2.
Pan and Echo, Op. 53 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
3.
Belshazzar's Feast, Op. 51: Suite by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
4.
Dryad, Op. 45 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Finland 
5.
Dance Intermezzo for Piano, Op. 45 no 2 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Finland 
6.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
7.
Kuolema: Scene with Cranes, Op. 44 no 2 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1906; Finland 
8.
Kuolema: Canzonetta, Op. 62a by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1920; Finland 
9.
Kuolema: Valse romantique, Op. 62b by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1920; Finland 

Featured Sound Samples

Night Ride and Sunrise
Pan and Echo

Sound Samples

Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55
Pan and Echo, Op. 53a
Belshazzar's Feast Suite, Op. 51: I. Oriental Procession
Belshazzar's Feast Suite, Op. 51: II. Solitude
Belshazzar's Feast Suite, Op. 51: III. Nocturne
Belshazzar's Feast Suite, Op. 51: IV. Khadra's Dance
The Dryad, Op. 45, No. 1
Dance Intermezzo, Op. 45, No. 2
Valse triste, Op. 44, No. 1: Kuolema (Death), Incidental music, Op. 44 (revised version): No. 1. Valse Triste
Scenes with cranes, Op. 44, No. 2: Kuolema (Death), Incidental music, Op. 44 (revised version): No. 2. Scene with Cranes
Canzonetta, Op. 62a: Kuolema (Death), Additional Scenes: No. 1.
Kuolema (Death), Additional Scenes: No. 2. Valse romantique, Op. 62b

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Inkinen's excellent Sibelius October 16, 2013 By Gail M. (Goleta, CA) See All My Reviews "This is the second disk of Sibelius by Inkinen and the New Zealand Symphony I've purchased. The selections are interesting and the playing is great. I believe I've heard Nightride and Sunrise interpreted at least as well as this by widely-known conductors, but the other pieces are better than I've ever heard them, and this recording is superb." Report Abuse
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