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Sibelius – The Tempest, The Bard & Tapiola

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1945
Release date2011-07-22
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

Diapason d'or de l'année 2011; Opus: "Okko Kamu has returned to Sibelius, and a miracle has happened once again".

To many, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra has become synonymous with excellence in Sibelius repertoire. Its numerous recordings with the previous chief conductor Osmo Vänskä have received countless distinctions and awards, and the orchestra is universally regarded as having a very special affinity for the music of their great compatriot.
On the present disc it is Okko Kamu, Vänskä's successor as chief conductor, who wields the baton. Kamu has been a presence on the international scene ever since the early 1970s, when he made a highly-acclaimed set of Sibelius symphonies in partnership with Herbert von Karajan.
Here three other works by Sibelius make up the programme, which opens with music for Shakespeare's play The Tempest, for which the composer in 1925 wrote the most ambitious of his several theatre scores. For concert use he later selected the Overture and two Suites recorded here. In 1926, a year after The Tempest, Sibelius again turned to the realm of magic in his masterful evocation of the forest, the symphonic poem Tapiola. The title can be translated as ‘the domain of Tapio’, god of the forest in Finnish mythology, and according to Walter Damrosch, who conducted the first performance, the audience was ‘enthralled by the dark pine forests and the shadowy gods and wood-nymphs who dwell therein’. From the start the work has been regarded as one of the greatest masterpieces from Sibelius’ pen. These two large-scale works are here separated by the seven-minute long symphonic poem The Bard from 1913, a work which in its treatment of the thematic material and the chamber-music-like quality of its scoring invites comparison with the Fourth Symphony of two year’s earlier.
 
Extra material for download
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  The Tempest – Overture, Op.109 No.1
01 Largamente molto – Largo assai 07:12 $ 1.51 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  The Tempest – Suite No.1, Op.109 No.2 21:43
02 I. Der Eichbaum (The Oak Tree). Andante sostenuto 03:00 $ 0.63 USD
03 II. Humoreske. Allegro commodo 01:05 $ 0.23 USD
04 III. Calibans Lied (Caliban’s Song). Allegro commodo 01:29 $ 0.31 USD
05 IV. Die Herbstmänner (The Harvesters). Allegro 02:26 $ 0.51 USD
06 V. Canon. Allegro 02:06 $ 0.44 USD
07 VI. Scène. Allegretto 01:35 $ 0.33 USD
08 VII. Intrada – Berceuse. Largo – Andante sostenuto 02:33 $ 0.54 USD
09 VIII. Zwischenspiel – Ariels Lied (Entr’acte –
Ariel’s Song)
02:57 $ 0.62 USD
10 IX. Der Sturm (The Storm). Largo – Largo assai 04:32 $ 0.95 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  The Tempest – Suite No.2, Op.109 No.3 15:55
11 I. Chor der Winde (Chorus of the Winds). Largamente assai
– Poco adagio
02:51 $ 0.60 USD
12 II. Intermezzo. Andante con moto 01:58 $ 0.41 USD
13 III. Tanz der Nymphen (Dance of the Nymphs). Allegretto
grazioso
01:59 $ 0.42 USD
14 IV. Prospero. Largo 01:31 $ 0.32 USD
15 V. Lied I (Song I). Allegretto moderato 01:02 $ 0.22 USD
16 VI. Lied II (Song II). Un poco con moto 01:03 $ 0.22 USD
17 VII. Miranda. Allegretto 01:53 $ 0.40 USD
18 VIII. Die Najaden (The Naiads). Poco con moto 01:34 $ 0.33 USD
19 IX. Tanz-Episode (Dance Episode) 02:04 $ 0.43 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  The Bard, Op.64
20 Lento assai – Largamente 07:01 $ 1.47 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Tapiola, Op.112
21 Largamente – Allegro moderato – Allegro 17:36 $ 3.70 USD
 
  Album total 01:09:27
ConductorKamu, Okko
ComposerSibelius, Jean
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra

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