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CHAN 7075

Sibelius: Tone Poems

The Classical Shop
release date: January 1998

Originally recorded in 1997

Artists:

Danish National Symphony Orchestra


Leif Segerstam



Venue:

Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen



Producer:

Claus Due


Brian Couzens


Michael Petersen



Engineer:

Lars S. Christensen


Ralph Couzens


Jorn Jacobsen



Record Label
Enchant

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 77:53
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JEAN SIBELIUS

(1865-1957)
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1 

Finlandia, Op. 26

9:03
2 

Scene with Cranes, Op. 44/2

7:30
3 

Tapiola, Op. 112

21:02
4 

En saga, Op. 9

19:36
5 

Valse Triste, Op. 44/1

6:11
6 

Symphonic Fantasia: Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49

14:31


In 1899, Sibelius wrote music to accompany six Historical Tableaux for a gala performance in Sweden. The tableaux traced the history of Finland from the mythological past to the embattled present, and after their premiere performance were soon revised as an independent item and retitled Finlandia.

The once decidedly popular (and consequently scorned) concert waltz Valse triste, began its life as part of the incidental music for the play Kuolema (Death) by Sibelius’s brother-in-law Arvid Järnefelt. The music originally accompanied a dreamlike ballet sequence in which a dying woman relived the memory of a ball she had once attended.

Scene with Cranes was also derived from the score for Kuolema. The work is fragile, almost minimalist tone poem. Etheral string writing creates a background for the clarinet’s lonely, stylized crane-calls.

Sibelius’s last extended orchestal work, Tapiola, is deliberately associated with "wild" or "Savage" dreams; "Tapiola" means "realm of Tapoi" - the forest-god who is closely linked with a frightening beast.

First performed in 1893, when Sibelius was twenty-eight years old. En saga occupies a pivotal position in the composer’s output. Its dramatically modified sonata structure is driven by a purposeful rhythmic impetus that emerges early in the slow introduction.

The tone poem Pohjola’s Daughter, composed between the Second and Third Symphonies, is subtitles "Symphonic Fantasia". The story, summarized in a poetic introduction to the score was almost certainly chosen for its potentially musical form as much as for its specific narrative content.

"...It’s all wonderful music, atmospherically played by the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Leif Segertam’s direction."

Dallas Morning News - 12 August 1998


"...The recorded sound is of exceptional depth, clarity, warmth, definition and presence. The orchestral playing is splendid, exhibiting this fine orchestra in top shape. I find these performances among the best on records ..."

McKelvey - American Record Guide - July/August 1998




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