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Sibelius: Incidental Music / Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic


Release Date: 09/14/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8506032  
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Waltteri [Baritone Vocal] TorikkaPia [Soprano Vocal] PajalaSari NordqvistMikaela Palmu
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 6 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Parallel to his great sequence of symphonic masterpieces and tone poems, Jean Sibelius wrote a significant body of music for the theater. It was with King Christian II and Kuolema that he established his fame throughout Europe whilst some of his most hauntingly beautiful writing for the stage can be found in Belshazzar’s Feast. The tragic pantomime Scaramouche is Sibelius’s only continuous dramatic score and Pelleas et Melisande is one of his most accomplished, whilst the rarely performed Jedermann is recognized as a hidden masterpiece. Gramophone wrote of these performances: “Leif Segerstam masterminds a characteristically unhurried, atmospheric display. What an absorbing journey of discovery this series has proved to be; congratulations Read more to everyone involved.” Leif Segerstam is a conductor, composer, violinist, and pianist with a prominent international career. He has held top conducting positions with some of the finest orchestras and opera houses in the world, including the Finnish National Opera and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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Review excerpts of select previously released recordings included in this set:

Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast, Etc


The performances are just about as good as it gets. Segerstam plays all of the music with evident care and invests it with plenty of character.

– ClassicsToday

Sibelius: Pelleas et Melisande


Segerstam’s performance here is simply gorgeous. The opening prelude gains real majesty in this interpretation; and has the spinning wheel scene ever sounded quite this sinister? Don’t be fooled by the brevity of the movements: this is a major work. Segerstam knows it, and plays it like one.

– ClassicsToday

Sibelius: Swanwhite - Complete Incidental Music

As always with Sibelius’ string writing, Segerstam’s performance is gorgeous. It’s not often recalled that Segerstam was himself a violinist of considerable ability in his youth, and he pays a great deal of attention to the orchestral string sections in all of his recordings, to excellent effect.

– ClassicsToday Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Overture for Brass in F minor by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889-1890; Finland 
Venue:  Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 6 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2.
Kuolema by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903/1911; Finland 
Venue:  Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 23 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Twelfth Night (Trettondagsafton), 2 incidental song settings for voice & piano (or guitar), Op. 60 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Waltteri [Baritone Vocal] Torikka ()
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1909; Finland 
Venue:  Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
King Christian II (Kung Kristian II), incidental music for voice & orchestra, Op. 27 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Venue:  Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 34 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5.
Overture in E major by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890-1891; Finland 
Venue:  Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 11 Minutes 43 Secs. 
6.
Ballet Scene by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Finland 
Venue:  Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
7.
The Captive Queen, op. 48 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1906 
Venue:  Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8.
Kuolema (Death), incidental music for orchestra (II), Op. 62 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1911 
Venue:  Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9.
Cortčge, JS 54 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905 
Venue:  Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
10.
Menuetto for piano in A minor, JS 5 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: Modern 
Written: 1885 
Venue:  Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
11.
Masonic Ritual, Op. 113: Processional by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1927 
Venue:  Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
12.
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Finland 
Length: 32 Minutes 17 Secs. 
13.
Valse lyrique, for orchestra, Op. 96a by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
14.
Autrefois, Op. 96b by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Pia [Soprano Vocal] Pajala (), Sari Nordqvist ()
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; Finland 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
15.
Valse chevaleresque, for orchestra, Op. 96c by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
16.
Morceau Romantique sur un motif de M Jacob de Julin, JS 135a by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
17.
Musik zu einer Scčne by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1904 
18.
Everyman (Jokamies; Jedermann), incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, piano, organ & orchestr by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1916 
Venue:  Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 0 Minutes 9 Secs. 
19.
Pieces (2) for Violin/Cello and Orchestra, Op. 77 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Mikaela Palmu (Violin)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
Venue:  Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 10 Minutes 17 Secs. 
20.
In memoriam, Op. 59 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Venue:  Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 13 Minutes 5 Secs. 
21.
Swanwhite, incidental music for orchestra & organ, Op. 54 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1908 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2014 
Venue:  Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 26 Minutes 45 Secs. 
22.
Odlan, Op. 8 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909 
Date of Recording: 09/10/2014 
Venue:  Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 25 Minutes 48 Secs. 
23.
The Lonely Ski Trail (Ett ensemt skidspĺr), melodrama for speaker, harp & strings, JS 77b by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1948 
Date of Recording: 02/06/2014 
Venue:  Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
24.
The countess's portrait by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
Date of Recording: 01/24/2014 
Venue:  Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
25.
Scaramouche, Op. 71 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Finland 

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