- Composer: Sibelius
- Audio CD (Oct. 1 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Ncl
- ASIN: B00001NTM2
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Finlandia, Op. 26|
|2. Karelia Suite Op.11: I Intermezzo|
|3. Karelia Suite Op.11: II Ballade|
|4. Karelia Suite Op.11: III Alla Marcia|
|5. Lemminkäinen Suite Op.22: Lemminkäinen And The Maidens Of Saari|
|6. Lemminkäinen Suite Op.22: Lemminkäinen In Tuonela|
|7. Lemminkäinen Suite Op.22: The Swan Of Tuonela|
|8. Lemminkäinen Suite Op.22: Lemminkäinen's Return|
The mythical landscapes of the Lemminkäinen Suite are magically evocative, with fine playing by the Icelanders - and while this is not the absolutely best Swan of Tuonela I have heard, it is still very fine. From the pale, nordic sun of the outer movements to the gloomy depths of Tuonela (land of the dead), this is a recording that totally draws you into a prehistoric world, with triumphs and horrors no less than todays'.
Not quite the same care and enthusiasm seems to have been invested in the Karelia-suite and Finlandia - but perhaps it is exactly the slight carelessness of the playing that makes you hear these over-played works almost anew.
With excellent sound, this is a sure winner.
"Finlandia," but it has "grown on" me...or
I have grown with it. The whole recording
now seems to me to be top notch, and at this
price, a real bargain.
"The Swan of Tuonela" has always been a
highly esteemed piece for me, since high
school. I try to get as many different
versions of the piece by different orchestras
and conductors as I can. This version is
definitely top of the line. The playing of
the "Cor Anglais" in the piece by Dao
Kalbeinsson is incredible and inspirational.
All in all, this is a recording of Sibelius
not to be passed up.