Sibelius: The Tempest

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Label: NCL
Catalog: 8574419
Format: COMPACT DISC

Elsberg, Nicolai; Royal Danish Orchestra; Bjellsäter, Fredrik; Kamu, Okko; Nielsen, Kari Dahl; Fischer, Hanne; Royal Danish Opera Chorus; Knudsen, Palle

Symphonic in scale and ambition, the incidental music to Shakespeare’s play The Tempest was among the last orchestral works Sibelius composed before entering the mysterious ‘silence of Järvenpää’ that lasted until his death. Commissioned by leading Danish theatre producer Johannes Poulsen in 1925, the wide expressive demands of the play saw Sibelius calling on large musical forces. From the terrifying tone picture of the opening shipwreck via ethereal songs, boisterous character portraits and remarkable evocations of nature, Sibelius took full advantage of being set free to convert the themes of Shakespeare’s magical world into his own unique sound.

Price: $21.98