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Sibelius: Kuolema; King Christian II; Overture in A minor; Two Songs from Twelth Night / Pia Pajala, soprano; Waltteri Torikka, baritone

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Overture, for brass septet in F minor, JS 146
>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema (Death), incidental music for orchestra (I), Op. 44
>Sibelius, Jean : Twelfth Night, Op. 60
>Sibelius, Jean : King Christian II (Kung Kristian II), incidental music for voice & orchestra, Op. 27
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jean Sibelius was the most significant figure in the formation of Finland's musical identity. Beyond the famous symphonies and tone poems he was prolific in other genres, including music for the theatre. King Christian II and Kuolema ensured Sibelius's fame throughout Europe, the latter including the haunting melody (track 2) which would later become the Valse triste. The Two Songs from Twelfth Night contrast the spectre of death with more comical moods, an effect also to be heard in one of Sibelius's least performed orchestral works, the Overture in A minor.

Sunday Times, 28th June 2015
Sibelius's theatre music is more than a sideline of his genius. Some of his most enchanting moments are small movements devised for plays, and the complete incidental music sets offered here (alongside two Twelfth Night songs and a workaday Overture in A minor) are touched with magic.

The Guardian, 28th May 2015
Segerstam has his Turku Philharmonic playing with both idiomatic, long-focused energy and poignant understatement; he first movement of the music for JSrnefelt's play Kuolema, later published separately as the Valse Triste, has rarely waltzed as sadly or as profoundly as this.

The Telegraph, 7th June 2015
Torikka has an intense presence that brings vivid realism to Sibelius's settings...Segerstam's conducting of the Turku Philharmonic in the incidental music to Adolf Paul's historical play King Christian II possesses a strength of sinew and a frisson of texture that reveal the sincerity and sensitivity of Sibelius's response to these works of the theatre, with many a pointer to the substance and significance of the seven symphonies.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
Segerstam directs with his customary big heart and acute sensitivity for texture and mood.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland (02/03/2014-02/07/2014).



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>Sibelius, Jean : Overture, for brass septet in F minor, JS 146
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland (02/03/2014-02/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1889

>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema (Death), incidental music for orchestra (I), Op. 44
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland (02/03/2014-02/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Sibelius, Jean : Twelfth Night, Op. 60
  • Performer: Waltteri Torikka
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland (02/03/2014-02/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Sibelius, Jean : King Christian II (Kung Kristian II), incidental music for voice & orchestra, Op. 27
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland (02/03/2014-02/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898