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Pélleas et Mélisande (Complete)
This is the third volume of six in this Sibelius
series. The focus of this album is Sibelius’s incidental music and transcriptions. The main piece, Pélleas et Mélisande, has often been
recorded but is seen here in the context of his other theatrical pieces, emphasizing a different side of Sibelius as a theatre composer.
Musik zu einer Szene, Op.96 is much lighter, and was also written for theatrical performance. The other small pieces, Valse Lyrique Op.96a and Valse Chevaleresque Op.96c, are transcriptions of
piano originals, and are both examples of Tchaikovsky’s influence on Sibelius’ compositions.