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Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Tapiola, Etc / Davis, London So


Release Date: 04/13/1999 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68770   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sir Colin Davis is among the most distinguished interpreters of the music of Jean Sibelius. In this collection, he offers a variety of the Finnish composer's tone poems and other short orchestral works, ranging from the familiar--the ubiquitous 'Finlandia,' given a rousing performance here, as is the 'Karelia Suite'--to the obscure. Among the latter, 'Oceanides,' rooted in Greek mythology rather than Finnish nationalism, is one of Sibelius's most enigmatic scores and one of his least frequently encountered. From a pastoral opening, this work builds to an unexpectedly dramatic climax in Davis's hands.
Also heard here is Sibelius's last major work before the more than 30 years of creative silence at the end of his life: 'Tapiola,' a
Read more depiction of the northern forests. The endpoint of the composer's striving for concision, this brooding work is derived in its entirety from the simple opening theme, which ultimately erupts in almost unbearably intense climaxes. Davis and the London Symphony deliver these high points with great drama, and are equally impressive in the subtle shading and blending of instrumental colors that is crucial to the success of this work. A picturesque reading of 'Nightride and Sunrise,' evoking galloping horses and chirping birds, completes this nicely varied program. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Karelia Suite, Op. 11 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
Date of Recording: 02/13/1998 
Venue:  Walthamstow Hall, London, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Oceanides, Op. 73 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
Date of Recording: 02/13/1998 
Venue:  Walthamstow Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Finland (1899 - 1900). 
4.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1911 
5.
Tapiola, Op. 112 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Finland 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Nightride and sunrise, Op. 55 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Finland 
Date of Recording: 02/13/1998 
Venue:  Walthamstow Hall, London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 1 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Intermezzo
Ballade
Alla marcia
The Oceanides, Op. 73
Finlandia, Op. 26
Valse triste
Tapiola, Op. 112
Nightride and Sunrise, Op. 55

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