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SIBELIUS: Scenes historiques I and II / King Christian II Suite


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Finnish Flair
– Pietari Inkinen talks to Jeremy Siepmann

SIBELIUS: Scenes historiques I and II / King Christian II Suite

Sibelius’s first set of Scènes historiques forms a suite taken from music for a patriotic pageant, staged in 1899 at a time of increasing Finnish nationalism and originally including Finlandia, which was published separately. For his Scènes Historiques II Sibelius composed new music. In the opening The Chase, horns are heard through the mist, followed by the wild chase, with its impelling rhythms. The incidental music for Adolf Paul’s play King Christian II, set in the 16th century, deals with the King’s love of a commoner, her murder by a jealous rival and the King’s bloodthirsty revenge. It includes a strongly-felt love scene, Nocturne, with many elements characteristic of the composer’s future musical language.

Sibelius, Jean

  Scenes historiques I, Op. 25
1.   I. All'Overtura 00:04:43
2.   II. Scena 00:05:52
3.   III. Festivo 00:07:37
  Scenes historiques II, Op. 66
4.   I. The Chase 00:07:22
5.   II. The Love Song 00:05:32
6.   III. At the Drawbridge 00:06:49

Sibelius, Jean
Paul, Adolf, lyricist(s)

  Kung Kristian II (King Christian II) Suite, Op. 27
7.   I. Nocturne 00:07:29
8.   II. Elegie 00:05:40
9.   III. Musette 00:02:19
10.   IV. Serenade 00:04:45
11.   V. Ballade 00:05:20

Total Playing Time: 01:03:28

Sibelius, Jean

Paul, Adolf

Inkinen, Pietari

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570068

Barcode: 0747313006878

Physical Release: 01/2008

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