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Sibelius: Suites - Pelléas et Mélisande; King Christian II; Swanwhite / Sakari, Iceland SO

Notes & Reviews:

Appearing on the Chandos Classics label, this rerelease features performances of incidental music by Jean Sibelius, recorded in 1992 by Petri Sakari and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Sakari's recordings with this orchestra made a significant contribution to the discography of Scandinavian music, notably of works by Grieg, Sibelius, and Madetoja. On its original release, the reviewer in Gramophone wrote: 'I cannot remember having enjoyed this music more. Petri Sakari's performance is totally unaffected, plain and full of enthusiasm; the players sound as if they are enjoying this score and communicate their pleasure.'

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Mr Sakari likes slow tempos, and they generally suit the music. It is hard to compare performances that include different elements from incidental music. Mr McKelvey praised the orchestra and the sound, and he was quite right. It's beautiful. The sound is as good, and the interpretations are more lively.


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