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Sibelius: Orchestral Works

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

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Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22 "4 Legends"  
No. 1, Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of the Island
Jean Sibelius; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
No. 3, Lemminkäinen in Tuonela
Jean Sibelius; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
No. 2, The Swan of Tuonela
Jean Sibelius; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
No. 4, Lemminkäinen's Return
Jean Sibelius; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
Spring Song, Op. 16
Jean Sibelius; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
Belshazzar's Feast Suite, Op. 51  
I. Oriental March
Jean Sibelius; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
II. Solitude
Jean Sibelius; Norbert Blume; Susan Monks; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
III. Nocturne
Jean Sibelius; Michael Cox; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
IV. Khadra's Dance
Jean Sibelius; James Burke; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    70:46
Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2013, Sakari Oramo has a special affinity with the music of his compatriot the Finnish composer Sibelius, which this recording admirably demonstrates.

Sibelius’s ever-popular Lemminkäinen Suite is complemented here with the early Spring Song and the lesser-known Suite from Belshazzar’s Feast.

Sibelius composed the Lemminkäinen Suite (also called the Four Legends, or Four Legends from the Kalevala), Op. 22 in the 1890s. Drawing on material originally conceived for a mythological opera, Veneen luominen (The Building of the Boat), the suite focuses on the character Lemminkäinen from the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala.

In 1906 Sibelius composed ten numbers of incidental music for the play Belshazzar’s Feast (by Hjalmar Procopé), which was first performed in the Swedish Theatre in Helsinki in November of that year, the composer conducting. The following year, Sibelius extracted four of the movements to form the more widely known orchestral suite that we hear in this recording.
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