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Sibelius: Night Ride and Sunrise - Belshazzar's Feast - Kuolema

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Pietari Inkinen

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1.1
Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55
Jean Sibelius; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen
16:38
1.2
Pan and Echo, Op. 53a
Jean Sibelius; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen
4:51
Belshazzar's Feast Suite, Op. 51  
1.3
I. Oriental Procession
Jean Sibelius; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen
2:47
1.4
II. Solitude
Jean Sibelius; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen
3:22
1.5
III. Night Music
Jean Sibelius; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen
4:22
1.6
IV. Khadra's Dance
Jean Sibelius; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen
4:00
Two Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 45  
1.7
I. The Dryad
Jean Sibelius; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen
5:46
1.8
II. Tanz-Intermezzo
Jean Sibelius; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen
2:51
Kuolema (Death), Op. 44 and Op. 62  
1.9
Valse triste, Op. 44, No. 1
Jean Sibelius; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen
5:05
1.10
Scene with Cranes, Op. 44, No. 2
Jean Sibelius; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen
6:27
1.11
Canzonetta, Op. 62a
Jean Sibelius; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen
4:12
1.12
Valse romantique, Op. 62b
Jean Sibelius; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen
4:13
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    64:34
"Inkinen’s luminous account of the suite from Belshazzar’s Feast will have you questioning why such an appealing and highly evocative score is so seldom performed ..."
- Gramophone

"... the New Zealand Symphony has a major-orchestra sound and the recording is splendid throughout ... the sound is both full and unusually transparent. This programme does include a number of delicious miniatures in top-notch performances. Recommended."
- Fanfare

While the beloved Valse Triste and Scene with Cranes from Kuolema are virtually signature tunes for the great Finnish composer, much of Sibelius’s orchestral and theatrical music remains undeservedly less familiar. From the incidental music for the play Belshazzar’s Feast, Sibelius drew four richly scored movements. The tone poems Pan and Echo and Night Ride and Sunrise respectively evoke the world of ancient myth and a nocturnal journey towards a Nordic dawn. A lilting waltz dances at the heart of the impressionistic The Dryad, while castanets enliven the lighthearted mood of the Tanz-Intermezzo. Pietari Inkinen conducts the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra on this 2007 recording.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand, 29th July - 1st August 2007
Producer Wayne Laird
Booklet notes: Keith Anderson
Cover Painting: Clytie, c.1890-92, by Frederic Leighton (1830-96)
(Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery/The Bridgeman Art Library)

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