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Sibelius: Overture (1902)

Magazine article Gramophone

Sibelius: Overture (1902)

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Sibelius

Overture (1902). Kuolema--Incidental Music, Op 44 (a). Two Songs from Twelfth Night, Op 60 (b). King Christian II--Incidental Music, Op 27 (b)

(a) Pia Pajala sop (ab) Waltteri Torikka bar Turku Philharmonic Orchestra / Leif Segerstam Naxos [B] 8 573299 (7T * DDD * T/t)

This is the first in a new series of six CDs from Naxos devoted to lesser-known Sibelius works and featuring Leif Segerstam at the helm of the Turku Philharmonic. For the 1898 Stockholm production of Adolf Paul's historical drama King Christian II, Sibelius originally supplied four numbers (of which both the ravishing Elegie for strings and winsome Musette eventually made their way into the published suite), adding a further three (Nocturne, Serenade and Ballade) scored for larger forces the following year. Segerstam directs with his customary big heart and acute sensitivity for texture and mood, though some may feel he is inclined to dawdle. The young Finnish baritone Waltteri Torikka gives a wonderful account of the haunting 'Fool's Song of the Spider', his eloquent contribution all but matching Sauli Tiilikainen's on Petri Sakari's Iceland PO recording (Chandos, 7/93). …

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