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Sibelius: Swanwhite (Complete incidental music) - The Lizard - A Lonely Ski Trail - The Countess' Portrait

Riho Eklundh, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam

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Svanevit (Swanwhite). Complete Incidental Music, JS189  
1
I. En hornsignal i fjärran (A horn signal in the distance). Largo
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
0:18
2
II. Tyst duvan, min prins kommer (Be silent, dove, my Prince is coming). Comodo
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
2:51
3
III. En svan flyger förbi (A swan flies past). Adagio
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
0:19
4
IV. Då börjar harpan spela (Now the harp begins to play). Lento assai
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
3:36
5
V. Då drager en vit svan förbi (A white swan flies past). Adagio
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
0:20
6
VI. Svanevits moder (Swanwhite’s mother). Lento – Comodo – Lento – Allegro
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
5:50
7
VII. Harpan tystnar ett ögonblick och tar så upp en ny melodi (The harp falls briefly silent and strikes up a new melody). Andantino
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
2:19
8
VIII. Annorstädes! (Elsewhere!). Andante
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
2:47
9
IX. Styvmodern (Stepmother: Where is the bride?). Lento
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
2:26
10
X. Guldmolnen bli rosenröda (The golden clouds become rose red). Moderato
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
2:53
11
XI. Svanevit (Swanwhite). Allegretto
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
1:09
12
XII. Eld på borgen (Fire at the castle). Largamente
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
1:34
13
XIII. Nu spelar harpan (Now the harp plays). Adagio
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
1:37
14
XIV. Alla böja knä som om de tackade och lovade (All bend their knees as if in thanks and praise). Largamente molto
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
1:30
Ödlan (The Lizard). Complete Incidental Music, Op. 8  
15
Scene 1: Adagio
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
3:43
16
Scene 2: Grave
Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
22:07
17
Ett ensamt skidspår (A Lonely Ski Trail), JS77b
Jean Sibelius; Riho Eklundh; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
3:45
18
Grevinnans konterfej (The Countess’ Portrait), JS88
Jean Sibelius; Riho Eklundh; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
4:29
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    63:33
Leif Segerstam conducts the Turku Philharmonic on this programme showcasing two sets of incidental music that Jean Sibelius composed for plays. So great was the effect of his incidental music for Pelléas et Mélisande that August Strindberg, whose wife had performed the role of Mélisande, agreed that Sibelius should write the music for his as-yet unperformed play Svanevit ("Swanwhite"). Composing for an orchestra of 13, he wrote in a style reminiscent of Grieg and both play and music were very well received by critics and audiences alike. The play Ödlan ("The Lizard") inspired Sibelius with its dreamlike atmosphere, while the other two pieces on this album, both narrated by Riho Eklundh, demonstrate his skill in writing for drama on a miniature scale.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at Turku Concert Hall, Turku, Finland, on 5th February, 2014 (tracks 1-14), 10th September, 2014 (tracks 15-16), 6th February, 2014 (track 17), and 24th January, 2014 (track 18)
Produced, engineered and edited by Sean Lewis
Booklet notes: Dominic Wells
Publishers: Fennica Gehrman (Lienau) (tracks 1-14); Fennica Gehrman (tracks 15-16); Fennica Gehrman (Gehrmans Musikforläget) (track 17); Edition Fazer (track 18)
Cover photo by Cynoclub / Fotolia

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