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Sibelius: Scènes Historiques, Etc / Gibson, Scottish Natl


Release Date: 08/11/1993 
Label:  Chandos Collect Catalog #: 6591   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This reissue is valuable in including the only available recording of the Op. 66 Scenes historiques, which are, as it happens, among the most attractive performance here. But all the musicmaking is positive and committed and as usual Gibson displays his special sympathy for the music's colour and atmosphere.

-- Gramophone [4/1985]
reviewing this album on LP
This reissue is valuable in including the only available recording of the Op. 66 Scenes historiques, which are, as it happens, among the most attractive performance here. But all the musicmaking is positive and committed and as usual Gibson displays his special sympathy for the music's colour and atmosphere.

-- Gramophone [4/1985]
reviewing this album on LP
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Works on This Recording

1.
Scènes historiques no 1, Op. 25 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Length: 18 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Scènes historiques no 2, Op. 66 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Finland 
Length: 18 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Valse lyrique by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Rakastava, Op. 14: Suite for String Orchestra, Triangle and Timpani by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1912; Finland 
Length: 12 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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
Rakastava (The Lover), Op. 14: I. Rakastava
Rakastava (The Lover), Op. 14: II. The Way of the Lover
Rakastava (The Lover), Op. 14: III. Finale: Good Night, My Beloved ... Farewell!
3 Pieces, Op. 96: Valse lyrique, Op. 96a

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Beautiful recording!!! September 27, 2014 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "I finally found it---both sets of Sibelius' Historic Scenes, and what a joy to hear both of them! Not to mention that lovely "Rakastava" (here translated as The Beloved)---a nice sample of the softer side of the composer...And speaking of the mislabeling of the opus numbers of other composers' works, I could give you a whole menu of same. For example, Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth symphonies---the C minor was actually the sixth, but it got published before the F major. Chopin's two piano concertos were similarly mixed up; the F minor is actually the first concerto and the E minor the second, but the E minor got published first. In the case of Schumann's symphonies: the so-called fourth symphony was actually a reworking of the first, which makes the "Spring" symphony actually the second, the C major the third and the Rhenish symphony the fourth. And back to Beethoven: the C major piano concerto was actually the second, a later work, but it got published before the B-flat; however, the cadenza to the B-flat concerto is by Beethoven, written around the same time as the Op. 70 trios and a sort of look back at that early work. In any case, read, listen and enjoy...Awwww! I missed some Sibelius the last couple of days. First, I just didn't want another dose of Herbert von Jerry-Atric's Karelia Suite.that was yesterday. Then, they played the 6th Symphony, and I missed all but the last couple of bars because I'm a heavy sleeper and I woke up just as it ended---I must watch out for that one. But this evening I got a treat---Scenes historiques, Suite 2, and it was a joy to listen to---the recording, as yet not available, was by Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the Finnish Radio Symphony, and as I listened it put me in mind of the second movement of the 5th Symphony at times, and the beginning of the third scene---"At the Drawbridge"---made me think of a carnival. So I got my Sibelius fix after all...Wednesday, Oct.8---Got home after picking up my car at the service shop, and shortly after 5 PM I turned on the TV and got to hear Suite 1 of Scenes Historiques, Jukka-Pekka Saraste on the podium. I had already heard his interpretation of Suite 2---I'm very surprised that this recording is not available. Well, I listened to Suite 1, and I noticed that it came close to some things in the King Christian II suite, and to the first symphony as well. Very much like Gibson, in fact---I wouldn't mind having both recordings. Let's face it, I'm a real hog on the subject." Report Abuse
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