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Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast; Overture in E; Scène de Ballet; Wedding March; Cortège; Menuetto; Processional / Pia Pajala, soprano; Segerstam, Turku PO

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Overture for orchestra in E major
>Sibelius, Jean : Scène de Ballet (Ballettikohtaus), for orchestra
>Sibelius, Jean : The Captive Queen (Vapautettu kuningatar), cantata for chorus & orchestra, Op. 48
>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema (Death), incidental music for orchestra (II), Op. 62
>Sibelius, Jean : Cortège, for orchestra
>Sibelius, Jean : Menuetto for piano in A minor, JS 5
>Sibelius, Jean : Masonic Ritual, Op. 113
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Alongside the great symphonies and tone poems, music for the theatre played an important role in Sibelius’s development. From exquisite nocturnal tranquility to the macabre ‘Dance of Life’, Belshazzar’s Feast is an exotic tale of seduction and tragedy to which Sibelius responded with some of his most hauntingly beautiful writing for the stage. The early Menuetto and lively Cortège were considered good enough by the composer to be recycled for further stage productions, while the Overture in E and Scène de Ballet started life as Sibelius’s first attempt at composing a symphony.

The Telegraph, 28th June 2015
These Sibelius miniatures create a dramatic atmosphere.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014).



Reviews

Sibelius at the Theatre
Sibelius composed a considerable amount of material in support of theatrical productions. Belshazzars Feast is one such example. As pure music it certainly has its attractions. Its 11 numbers are colorful, expressive and exquisitely scored. The exigencies of composing for the theatre resulted in writing that is compact and consequently not treated to the extensive and intricate development one encounters in the symphonies, tone poems and violin concerto. This new recording featuring Leif Segerstam and the Turku Philharmonic of Finland is quite good. Maestro Segerstam keeps things moving nicely, successfully holding his own against the likes of Jarvi and Vanska. Soprano, Pia Pajala shines in her brief contribution. In general, the playing is excellent but could have benefited from a tad more lilt. The somewhat dry, closely miked pickup accentuates this impression. Atmosphere takes a back seat to analytic clarity. Still this does not detract significantly from the high standards consistently attained. The accompanying 6 compositions, 2 of which are very early attempts at symphonic writing, are all worthwhile to varying degrees. The most interesting and successful being Scene de Ballet, Language of the Birds, Cortege and Menuetto. Excellent liner notes top off this valuable addition to the Sibelius literature.
Submitted on 09/11/15 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Overture for orchestra in E major
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Sibelius, Jean : Scène de Ballet (Ballettikohtaus), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Sibelius, Jean : The Captive Queen (Vapautettu kuningatar), cantata for chorus & orchestra, Op. 48
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1906

>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema (Death), incidental music for orchestra (II), Op. 62
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Sibelius, Jean : Cortège, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Sibelius, Jean : Menuetto for piano in A minor, JS 5
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Sibelius, Jean : Masonic Ritual, Op. 113 :: Processional
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Turku, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1927