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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:55 am    Post subject: Favourite miniature Reply with quote

Sibelius's symphonies and tone poems plus the violin concerto are at the heart of the composer's achievement. But he also wrote some smaller gems. Perhaps leaving 'Valse triste' aside, which is Sibelius's best miniature? --kp

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of the various string works, suites, Rakastava is my favorite.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find more beautiful Scene with cranes, the Two serious melodies, the Serenades and the Humoresques, the Impromptu for strings, the Andante festivo... And the other pieces of incidental music, of course.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andante Festivo is pretty special. From very simple elements you get an instantly recognizable tune. I prefer it to Valse Triste or ..??..I'm blamking here..famous piece but not a tone poem.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've recently been listening to 'The Tempest' incidental music. This is a marvellous score. From Act 1 'The Berceuse' [Miranda falls asleep] is especially inspired. What poetry and magic. I even feel echoes of the fourth symphony. I would also single out from Act 3 'Interlude [Miranda] What idiot remarked that Sibelius was played out by 1926 Rolling Eyes kp

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hardly remember the story. Looking for a Shakespeare DVD.

I would not count Incidental music as a miniature. Smaller works.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EsaTero wrote:


I would not count Incidental music as a miniature. Smaller works.


The total playing time of the complete score for 'The Tempest' in Vanska's superb recording BIS CD-581 is 67'-20''
The 'Berceuse' lasts just 1'-43'' This is surely a perfect miniature-kp

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