Vladimir Ashkenazy closes his Sibelius series with a spectacular finale.
The concert opens with his Pelléas et Mélisande suite and Luonnotar, an arresting tone poem based on Norse legend, whose title refers to the Mother of the Seas.
When working on his Second Symphony, Sibelius found inspiration in going on long walks, communing with nature and immersing himself in the rugged landscapes of northern Finland.
Jean Sibelius: At the castle gate from Pelléas et Mélisande Suite
Jean Sibelius: Mélisande from Pelléas et Mélisande Suite
Jean Sibelius: Mélisande at the spinning wheel from Pelléas et Mélisande Suite
Jean Sibelius: The Death of Mélisande from Pelléas et Mélisande Suite
Jean Sibelius: Luonnotar
Jean Sibelius: Andante festivo
Jean Sibelius: Illalle (To evening), Op.17 No.6
Jean Sibelius: The First kiss, Op.37 No.1
Jean Sibelius: Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte (The girl returned from meeting her lover), Op.37 No.5
Jean Sibelius: Norden (The North), Op.90 No.1
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D
Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Helena Juntunen soprano
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