JEAN SIBELIUS (1865-1957): Overture in A Minor, JS144, Kuolema - Complete Incidental Music, JS113, King Christian II - Complete Incidental Music, Op. 27, 2 Songs from Twelfth Night, Op. 60 (Waltteri Torikka [baritone], Swedish-English texts).
Catalogue Number: 08R045
Description: We missed the fact that Naxos is doing a multiple-disc series of rare Sibelius under that most idiosyncratic of present-day conductors, Leif Segerstam. So we bring you this June release along with the newest one below. Mixing incidental music with various types of other short pieces, this series is good for expanding your knowledge of little-heard Sibelius and, as in Kuolema, putting a famous excerpt like the Valse triste into its original milieu. The 35 minutes of King Christian II are also notable for how much they look back at Grieg and anticipate the world of the First Symphony. Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam.