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Sibelius: Pelléas et Mélisande; Musik zu einer Szene; Two Waltzes (1921) / Turku PO, Leif Segerstam

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Pelléas et Mélisande, incidental music for orchestra, Op. 46
>Sibelius, Jean : Dance Intermezzo (Tanzi-intermezzo), for orchestra, Op. 45/2
>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (3) for Orchestra, Op. 96
>Sibelius, Jean : Autrefois, for orchestra & 2 voices ad lib (or piano), Op. 96b
>Sibelius, Jean : Valse chevaleresque, for orchestra, Op. 96c
>Sibelius, Jean : Morceau romantique sur un motif de M. Jacob de Julin, for orchestra (or piano), JS 135
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

No sooner had Jean Sibelius moved to the town of Järvenpää in 1904 than he was commissioned by the Swedish Theatre to write incidental music for Maeterlinck's Pelléas et Mélisande. At the time it was his most ambitious undertaking in the genre of incidental music. His setting included ten scenes, losing only one when he adapted the work as a concert suite. Dating from the same year is Musik zu einer Szene, a work full of striking contrasts originally intended to accompany a tableau. The two waltzes of 1921 are transcriptions of piano pieces, and reveal the potent influence of Tchaikovsky. As the oldest orchestra in Finland, the Turku Philharmonic continues to develop and flourish under the baton of renowned conductors. Since 2012, the orchestra's 74 musicians have been under the artistic leadership of Leif Segerstam.

Rare and Familiar Sibelius, Great Performances from Segerstam

Review by: David Hurwitz, Classics Today

Artistic Quality: 10

Sound Quality: 10

The complete incidental music to Pelléas et Mélisande isn’t so different from the familiar suite–there’s a song for Mélisande, but otherwise it’s pretty much the same, with no annoying fragments, fillers, and bits of pantomime or stage business. Segerstam’s performance here is simply gorgeous. Granted, he’s sometimes a bit slow, appropriately so in Mélisande’s death scene, but the playing has such beauty and concentration that it works hypnotically. The opening prelude (later called “At the Castle Gate”) gains real majesty in this interpretation; and has the spinning wheel scene ever sounded quite this sinister? Don’t be fooled by the brevity of the movements: this is a major work. Segerstamknows it, and plays it like one.

The couplings range from the light and fluffy (the triptych Valse Lyrique, Autrefois, Valse chevaleresque, which Mrs. Sibelius detested) to the unusual. Try the luscious little Morceau romantique sur un motif de Monsieur Jakob von Julin: the title is almost as long as the music. It’s a delightful waltz that Sibelius wrote for a children’s hospital benefit concert, and what a great encore it would make. Musik zu einer Szene was revised as Op. 45/2, the Dance-Intermezzo. I frankly prefer this original, which at more than six minutes is over twice as long, and far more varied in mood (sound clip). If you know the revision, this will surprise you. As with Pelléas, the performances are simply as fine as they can be. The two ladies sing well, however briefly, the whole production is sumptuously recorded, and Naxos includes the sung texts with English translations. Classy.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Turku Concert Hall. Turku. Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014); Turku Concert Hall. Turku. Finland (09/08/2014-09/12/2014).



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>Sibelius, Jean : Pelléas et Mélisande, incidental music for orchestra, Op. 46
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Turku Concert Hall. Turku. Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014); Turku Concert Hall. Turku. Finland (09/08/2014-09/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Sibelius, Jean : Dance Intermezzo (Tanzi-intermezzo), for orchestra, Op. 45/2
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Turku Concert Hall. Turku. Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014); Turku Concert Hall. Turku. Finland (09/08/2014-09/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (3) for Orchestra, Op. 96
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Turku Concert Hall. Turku. Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014); Turku Concert Hall. Turku. Finland (09/08/2014-09/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1921

>Sibelius, Jean : Autrefois, for orchestra & 2 voices ad lib (or piano), Op. 96b
  • Performers: Sari Nordqvist; Pia Pajala
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Turku Concert Hall. Turku. Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014); Turku Concert Hall. Turku. Finland (09/08/2014-09/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Sibelius, Jean : Valse chevaleresque, for orchestra, Op. 96c
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Turku Concert Hall. Turku. Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014); Turku Concert Hall. Turku. Finland (09/08/2014-09/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1921

>Sibelius, Jean : Morceau romantique sur un motif de M. Jacob de Julin, for orchestra (or piano), JS 135
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Turku Concert Hall. Turku. Finland (01/20/2014-01/24/2014); Turku Concert Hall. Turku. Finland (09/08/2014-09/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925