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White Nights - Music Of Tranquil Beauty


Release Date: 02/13/2001 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 964   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ole Borneman BullJohan SvendsenJean SibeliusEdvard Grieg,   ... 
Performer:  Erkki Palola
Conductor:  Leif SegerstamTuomas OllilaJuha KangasYevgeny Svetlanov,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic OrchestraTapiola SinfoniettaOstrobothnian Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The problem with these classical "easy listening" compilations is that they usually contain the same familiar snippets of the same works by the same famous and not-so-famous composers, all strung together rather than programmed. Why are they there? Because they're easy to listen to and many of us love hearing beautiful tunes in settings by composers who really know how to write and orchestrate. Well, if you're one such listener, you'll be pleased to find that this compilation not only lives up to its subtitle, but also offers a program of mostly less-familiar pieces -- snippets and selections, yes, but the overall effect is relatively consistent in mood (another problem with many compilations) and it works exceptionally well as Read more quiet background music. Highlights include Johan Svendsen's respectful orchestral arrangement of Ole Bull's "A Shepherd Girl's Sunday", Svendsen's own Romance for violin and orchestra, several Sibelius selections (from The Tempest, Belshazzar's Feast, and Pelleas & Melisande), and the beautiful Entreacte No. 2 from Glazunov's ballet Raymonda. Performances, by orchestras such as the Helsinki Philharmonic and Swedish Radio Symphony, are first rate, taken from existing recordings in the Ondine catalog.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
A visit to the mountain pasture: A shepherd girl's sunday by Ole Borneman Bull
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 26 by Johan Svendsen
Performer:  Erkki Palola (Violin)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
Length: 7 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Belshazzar's Feast, Op. 51: Nocturne by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4.
The Tempest, Op. 109: Suite no 2 - Dance of the Nymphs by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
The Tempest, Op. 109: Miranda by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
6.
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46: no 6, Pastorale by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Tuomas Ollila
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Finland 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
7.
Norwegian Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 63: no 1, In folk style by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Juha Kangas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1895; Norway 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
8.
Pan Voyevoda: Nocturne by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
9.
Impromptu, Op. 19 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Péter Csaba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuose di Kuhmo
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Finland (1902).
Composition revised: Finland (1910). 
10.
Lyric Suite no 3 "Impressions de Belgique": Pastorale by Erkki Melartin
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
11.
Raymonda, Op. 57: Act 2 - Entr'acte by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
12.
The Seasons, Op. 67: no 15, Petit adagio by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 

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