Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Sibelius: The Tempest

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AllMusic Review by James Leonard

The incidental music Sibelius wrote for Shakespeare's The Tempest contain some fine music -- but the orchestral suites he drew from the music are decidedly second-rate. For the suites, Sibelius reordered, reorchestrated, and in some cases rewrote the music from the whole complement of music to accompany the play. He left out all the vocal music for these orchestral suites. In its original version, however, with all the music intact and in the right order, the complete Incidental Music for The Tempest is the best score Sibelius wrote for the stage.

Of course, this didn't really become clear until the release of this recording of the complete work by Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, with the Festival Chorus and five of Scandanavia's best singers. Saraste characterizes each movement brilliantly but still holds the whole work together. The orchestra plays superbly and with deep conviction. The chorus is fantastic; their Chorus of the Winds is incredibly evocative and even spooky. The singers are all good, but Monica Groop as Ariel and Jorma Hynninen as Caliban are particularly magnificent. Ondine's sound is terrific, and even the liner notes are first-rate.

Anyone who loves Sibelius, especially the Sibelius of the Seventh Symphony and Tapiola, should hear this disc.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109
1 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 05:08 Amazon
2 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 02:09 Amazon
3 Jukka-Pekka Saraste Amazon
4 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:49 Amazon
5 Jukka-Pekka Saraste Amazon
6 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 02:11 Amazon
7 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:53 Amazon
8 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 03:06 Amazon
9 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 02:30 Amazon
10 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:09 Amazon
11 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:21 Amazon
12 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:07 Amazon
13 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:32 Amazon
14 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:40 Amazon
15 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 00:57 Amazon
16 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 02:26 Amazon
17 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 04:12 Amazon
18 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:08 Amazon
19 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:59 Amazon
20 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 02:05 Amazon
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22 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 00:47 Amazon
23 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:47 Amazon
24 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:53 Amazon
25 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:45 Amazon
26 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 02:09 Amazon
27 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:31 Amazon
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31 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:03 Amazon
32 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:09 Amazon
33 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 02:29 Amazon
34 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 01:07 Amazon
35 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 02:10 Amazon
36 Jukka-Pekka Saraste 00:53 Amazon
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