TUOMAS KANTELINEN (b.1969): The Snow Queen Ballet Suite.

Catalogue Number: 11P012

Label: Ondine

Reference: ODE 1231-2

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: Anyone who collects large-scale, huge-orchestra, vividly orchestrated, film-music-ish ballet scores will be absolutely delighted by this full-length (70 min.) ballet which was part of the 90th anniversary season of Finnish National Ballet in 2012. Kantelinen is a highly successful film composer, so that explains a lot. But he plainly loves Tchaikovsky and the Russian romantic school too (see the sequence of national dances in the center of the work: Swedish, Spanish, Russian and, to modernize things a bit, Persian and Japanese!). Wide dynamic range and pretty wide spacial recording too - just try the "Market Square" and "Final Battle" tracks (you may need to warn your neighbors). Finnish National Opera Orchestra; Tuomas Kantelinen.

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