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Sibelius: Scènes Historiques 1 And 2, King Christian II / Inkinen, New Zealand SO


Release Date: 01/29/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570068   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 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Please don't miss hearing this lovely and reasonably priced CD! For some reason you will almost never encounter this music in concert anymore (at least outside of Finland), and more's the shame, because it represents Sibelius at his most inspired in the field of "light" music. Both King Christian II and Scènes I date from exactly the same period as the First Symphony, which is to say Sibelius' full maturity, and they capture his Romantic style at its most evocative. The opening Nocturne of King Christian II might be the most purely luscious piece that Sibelius ever wrote, while the dramatic closing Ballade evokes the First Symphony's finale.

Scènes I comes from the same collection (now known as
Read more "Press Celebrations Music") that produced Finlandia, while Scènes II dates from the period of the Fourth Symphony and the evocative tone poem The Bard, which you can hear in the atmospheric writing for harp in the central Love Song and concluding scene At the Drawbridge. There is so much pleasure to be had here, and I am delighted that Naxos has decided to devote a single disc to these works, giving them the prominence that they deserve (as opposed to their usual appearance as "fillers" for one of the symphonies).

The performances are splendid. Pietari Inkinen is yet another talented Finnish conductor worth getting to know. He is now serving as music director of the New Zealand Symphony, and he leads the music with obvious authority. The interpretations aren't quite as rhythmically incisive as Järvi's on BIS, but they are more lovingly shaped in such places as the Spanish music in the closing movement of Scènes I, that luminous Nocturne in King Christian, or the same work's delicious Musette. Warm and full sonics complete an irresistible package that no one with even a passing interest in Sibelius (or juicy Romantic music in general) should miss.

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

1.
Scènes historiques no 2, Op. 66 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Finland 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  Town Hall, Wellington 
Length: 19 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Scènes historiques no 1, Op. 25 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  Town Hall, Wellington 
Length: 18 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
King Christian II, Op. 27 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  Town Hall, Wellington 
Length: 25 Minutes 34 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Scènes historiques no 1: No 2: Scena
King Christian II: IV. Serenade

Sound Samples

Scenes historiques I, Op. 25: I. All'Overtura
Scenes historiques I, Op. 25: II. Scena
Scenes historiques I, Op. 25: III. Festivo
Scenes historiques II, Op. 66: I. The Chase
Scenes historiques II, Op. 66: II. The Love Song
Scenes historiques II, Op. 66: III. At the Drawbridge
King Kristian II, Op. 27: I. Nocturne
King Kristian II, Op. 27: II. Elegie
King Kristian II, Op. 27: III. Musette
King Kristian II, Op. 27: IV. Serenade
King Kristian II, Op. 27: V. Ballade

Customer Reviews

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 Excellent Sibelius disk August 24, 2013 By Gail M. (Goleta, CA) See All My Reviews "These are wonderful performances of pieces that should be heard more often. Beautifully recorded. This makes me want to explore further the recordings with Inkinen conducting, on Naxos." Report Abuse
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