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SIBELIUS, J.: Night Ride and Sunrise / Belshazzar's Feast Suite / Kuolema (New Zealand Symphony, Inkinen)

Composer(s):Sibelius, Jean
Artist(s) Inkinen, Pietari, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570763
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


While the beloved Valse triste and Scene with Cranes from Kuolema are virtually signature tunes for the great Finnish composer, much of Sibelius’ orchestral and theatrical music remains undeservedly less familiar. From the incidental music for the play Belshazzar’s Feast Sibelius drew four richly scored orientalist 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 light-hearted mood of the Tanz-Intermezzo, Op. 45 No. 2.


Review By Robert R. Reilly,,January 2009

Naxos has a new Sibelius treat from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, under Pietari Inkinen. They offer stirring, crystal-clear performances of a variety of tone poems, including Night Ride and Sunrise, Kuolema, Pan and Echo, and Suite from Belshazzar's Feast in superb sound.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,December 2008

Having given an ecstatic review to Pietari Inkinen and the New Zealand Symphony in their previous Sibelius disc—a view echoed by critics around the world—I would equally commend this new release to you. No other version on disc takes such infinite care to recreate the composer’s dynamics in the Night Ride and Sunrise, the grading of the slow crescendos is magical, with the subtle orchestral colours bringing a whole new dimension to the score. But if you want to know more about Inkinen, go to the popular Valse Triste as the opening to Kuolema, and you will fully appreciate his elegant and thoughtful musicianship, the moments of silence elongated so as to make you wait that precious moment for the piece to continue. Here and



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