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Sibelius: The Tempest (complete incidental music)


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  • Performer: Kirsi Tiihonen, Lilli Paasikivi, Anssi Hirvonen, Heikki Keinonen
  • Orchestra: Lahti Opera Chorus, Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Composer: Jean Sibelius
  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BIS
  • ASIN: B000027E3T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture - The Ship Sinks Beneath The Waves: Largamente Molto
2. Miranda Is Lulled Into Slumber: Andante
3. Ariel Flies In: Allegro
4. Chorus Of The Winds: Molto Moderato
5. (Ariel Hastens Away): Allegro
6. Ariel's First Song With Introduction And Choir 'Hietikolle Käymme Näin'/'Come Unto These Yellow Sands': Poco Con Moto - Poco Tranquillo - Poco A Poco Stretto
7. Ariel's Second Song 'Sun Isääs' Peittävät Synkeät Veet'/'Full Fadom Five Thy Father Lies': Largamente
8. Interlude (Prospero): Adagio - Poco Meno Adagio - Tempo Primo
9. The Oak Tree (Ariel) Plays The Flute: Molto Moderato
10. Ariel's Third Song 'Täällä Senkun Kuorsataan'/'While You Here Do Snoring Lie': Moderato - Commodo
11. Interlude: Caliban: Allegretto - Piu Moderato - Poco A Poco Stretto
12. Stephano's Song: Moderato - Commodo: 'En Enää Lähde Merelle'/'I Shall No More To Sea, To Sea'
13. Caliban's Song 'Hei, Prosperon Perkele' / 'Farewell, Master; Farewell, Farewell!': Moderato - Allegro
14. Interlude: Miranda: Allegretto
15. (Humoreske): Allegro Commodo
16. Canon 'Kurkitaan, Urkitaan' / 'Flout'em And (S)cout'em': Allegretto Con Moto
17. Antonio. Dance Of The Shapes: Moderato Assai - Allegro Molto Moderato - Poco Tranquillo - Allegro E Poco A Poco Stretto
18. Ariel As Harpy (-Melodrama): Grave
19. The Shapes Dance Out (Ballet II): Allegro
20. Intermezzo (Alonso Mourns): Andante Con Moto
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is interesting for a number of reasons. First, although the suites have been fairly extensively played and recorded, this full version of the incidental music is rarer. Second, is the not altogether surprising affinity the composer shows with the Shakespeare's most allusive and surreal play; Sibelius seems to find the right voice and mood for every incident. Thirdly, is the sheer variety of musical modes, tones and textures encompassed here. Sibelius seems to embrace so many different sound-worlds, from the shocking, modernistic discordance of the opening storm to the courtly parody of a Baroque Sarabande in the Entr'acte or the "Dance of the Naiads". Sibelius' skill as an orchestrator is displayed at its most inventive and original, there is such a wealth of colours mixed on his instrumental palette. Apart from the five minute Overture mentioned above and the "Dance of the Shapes" at four minutes, none of the thirty-six pieces here lasts much over two minutes and many are much shorter - only a minute or even twenty seconds. The effect is of a swift, kaleidoscopic whirl mimicking the elusive and mercurial impact of the play. This is achieved without fragmentation. Oddly, Sibelius quite often resorts to a decidedly Iberian bolero rhythm on bouncing strings, as in the Overture to Act 5 and the opening to Ariel's "Where the bee sucks" - but again, it works.

Both the recording and the performance are very good. Several of the Finnish singers are or were established stars, headed by celebrated mezzo Monica Groop as a rich-toned Ariel and baritone Jorma Hynninen who sings Caliban's one arietta con gusto; they all seem at home in Danish, it being relatively close to Swedish, Finland's second national language for historical reasons.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Rottweiller Swinburne on 26 July 2009
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I believe this was the first recording of this magnificent, and incomprehensibly overlooked, work. There have been others since, but none of them match this for quality of interpretation and performance. Vanska is to Sibelius what Boult was to Elgar, so if you want the best go for this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. D. on 18 Nov 2014
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The recording is poor - the work needed a sound engineer who understood that the decibel range in a concert hall is considerably greater than that of a domestic sound system - the quieter tracks are almost inaudible. Unless you are a die-hard Sibelius fan then the guy who commented about Sibelius extracting the best bits from a self-acknowledged lesser work for a piano suite made a pretty fair assessment
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tod Hackett on 15 Aug 2010
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How ridiculous, that it wasn't until the beginning of the nineties, we could hear the world premiere of this great work. (The more I hear this, the more I lament the loss of the Eighth Symphony.) I have the Tempest concert suites on Ondine with Leif Segerstam and the contrast is fascinating, the Bis version being far subtler, less raucous and therefore more poignant. However, I had to struggle to hear one or two of the pieces on this disc; in one with the harmonium I really had to put the volume up almost to full. Furthermore, surely at 16.19 (mine, a few months ago was 12.99) it is rather steep at that price?
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Worker Bee on 20 Sep 2011
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I love Sibelius and possess copies of most of his works. In contrast I utterly cannot BEAR opera ( No doubt someone cleverer than I will say that this isn't "opera" but anything that includes Sopranos and Baritones etc is, as far as I'm concerned, "opera" ! ) So I approached this with some trepidation.......and it is most definitely the most compelling piece of music - of this "type" - that I've ever heard. The playing is fantastically "together", the singing ( even in Finnish)harmonious and without the high-register histrionics that are behind my dislike of "opera" generally

I note that it was recorded in a church, so the sound quality is all the more remarkable for that fact

I'm not about to dash out and buy Don Giovanni or Tosca, but i will certainly look anew at Sibelius' other "sung" pieces ( before anyone mis-interpets that, I KNOW DG and Tosca weren't written by Sibelius ! )

If you have a long drive to make, and you'll be alone....play this at volume !
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