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Tone Poems: Tapiola, En Saga, Oceanides (Sakari, Iceland So) [CD]

Jean Sibelius Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Dec 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00007DWM2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 4914:05Album Only
Listen  2. The Oceanides, Op. 7310:22Album Only
Listen  3. Tapiola, Op. 11218:46Album Only
Listen  4. En saga, Op. 9: En Saga, Op. 918:57Album Only
Listen  5. Barden (The Bard), Op. 64: The Bard, Op. 64 8:07Album Only


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CD Composer: Sibelius,Jean

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series maintains its high level 5 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've lost track of how many discs there are now in the Sakari/Iceland/Naxos Sibelius series. They've done all the symphonies - now available in a terrific boxed set - and at least one other orchestral set that includes the popular Finlandia. This one includes some of the other orchestral music, tone poems including Pohjola's Daughter, The Oceanides, Tapiola, En Saga, and the rarely heard The Bard.
Don't be fooled by the fact that this set comes from a country that we don't associate with great music-making: this Iceland Symphony Orchestra is on a par with at least the second-tier orchestras of Europe and America. And its conductor, a Finn, has a gut-level feel for Sibelius's moody and dramatic music. I particularly liked Tapiola, Sibelius's last tone poem, with its striking intoduction with divided violas and low bassoon chords and later on the extensive use of wind solos against divided strings.
For the price, this disc simply can't be bested.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HEARTILY RECOMMENDED!!!! 20 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
Totally agree with the other reviewer - this is top quality music!
Excellent compositions to begin with and all the benefits of a top class performance and recording to bring it to life.

Highlights for me are the mystical Tapiola and the piece that moves me the most; En Saga.
En Saga has the most brilliant melodic theme at it's core and sounds both wild and heroic. It's nothing at all like The Rite Of Spring but somehow I am reminded of Stravinsky's epic in the way that it shares the same almost cinematic sense of splendour & danger.

Let's not forget other great tracks like the Oceanides - perfect for if you fancy donning your sea legs!!

Just all brilliant, evocative, atmospheric music that captures a range of moods. Romantic but modern, rich in melody & wonders.
It almost feels like the soundtrack to an unmade fantasy epic - it's a great place to start if you are looking to get into the Classical world as it is highly accessible and these works should be on all CM devotees shelves...
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4.0 out of 5 stars rustic 27 Feb 2003
By Ole Skipper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
With 70 minutes playing time, this selection of five of Sibelius' wonderful tone poems is quite generous - and all the more attractive for including two famous but seldom heard works: The Oceanides and The Bard. The Icelanders play with enthusiasm and fine understanding of this very Nordic music - and their slightly unpolished, almost rustic approach suits the music well. The difficult Tapiola (Sibelius' final masterpiece) is given a very fine, at times nearly hypnotic reading with real magic and sense of wonder. En Saga is fine too, though marred by some ridiculously loud timpani on a couple of occasions. The three shorter poems too are beautifully realized.
I find the sound quality less than ideal - the overall impression being buttom-heavy and slightly woolly, with occasional balancing problems. The sound seems slightly inconsistent from piece to piece and the recording/mastering level is disturbingly low. Still, crank up the volume, there is very much to enjoy here!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series maintains its high level 3 Mar 2003
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've lost track of how many discs there are now in the Sakari/Iceland/Naxos Sibelius series. They've done all the symphonies - now available in a terrific boxed set - and at least one other orchestral set that includes the popular Finlandia. This one includes some of the other orchestral music, tone poems including Pohjola's Daughter, The Oceanides, Tapiola, En Saga, and the rarely heard The Bard.
Don't be fooled by the fact that this set comes from a country that we don't associate with great music-making: this Iceland Symphony Orchestra is on a par with at least the second-tier orchestras of Europe and America. And its conductor, a Finn, has a gut-level feel for Sibelius's moody and dramatic music. I particularly liked Tapiola, Sibelius's last tone poem, with its striking intoduction with divided violas and low bassoon chords and later on the extensive use of wind solos against divided strings.
For the price, this disc simply can't be bested.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent performances 28 July 2004
By Sungu Okan - Published on Amazon.com
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This new recording is really good. Iceland Symphony Orchesta is among the very succesful orchestras of all Europe. The conductor Petri Sakari is always a champion performer (from new generation) of Sibelius. He still recorded, Sibelius' almost complete orchestral works to Chandos Records and now to Naxos.

Especially in tutti passages, climaxes, the orchestra plays very powerful. The brass and percussion are very good, woodwinds are heared very clear.

CD starts with Pohjola's Daughter, which written from finnish Kalevala epic. And then there is a magical tone poem, The Oceanides, written after Homeros. The orchestration and the sea effects are very amazing. Then, Sibelius's last major work, Tapiola. This is based on Kalevala, again. Tapio is the name of the forest god, according story. There are very impressive contrasts between hypnotic, a little hesitated, light colours and dramatic darkful colours. The orchestration is marvellous again. Especially, in last minutes there is a terrific storm scene and it's very spine chilling. Climaxes (which played by brass) are very powerful...

And then, there is a early-period work, En saga. This means "A Hero", but this has no programme. This work is one of the first success of the composer and it is very tuneful music.

And last, one of the composer's most radical, dramatic work, The Bard. Still, this work was written in tragic E-flat minor. Bard is a creature which played a mediavl harp, like lyre in Greek myths. This music in contemplative mood in first minutes, sorrowful, but later there is a dramatic climax and then music slowly fades out. The colours, harmonies are amazing.

At this price this is a must have. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very poor recording sound 27 April 2011
By bonne lecture - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Very unfortunatelly the sound and the recording are too deceiving to make the audition enjoyable in spite of an outstanding performance of the orchestra. What a great pity!
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5.0 out of 5 stars sakari: vision of sibelius 16 Jan 2012
By guitarmystic - northwoods, R.I. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Love these recordings. Sakari has interesting things to say about this great artist's works. The orchestra plays with passion and finesse. The sound, which like a lot of Naxos cds needs to be turned up a little, is great. Try also the other disc of tone poems by this same team and also the symphonies w/ Tempest Suites 1 & 2.
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