Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Grieg
Elegiac Melodies, Op.34 – The Wounded Heart; The Last Spring
Nielsen
Little Suite, Op.1
Sibelius
Rakastava, Op.14
Kuolema, Op.44 – Valse triste
Wirén
Serenade, Op.11
Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Sir Neville Marriner

Recorded in Kingsway Hall, London in May 1970 (Holberg Suite) and May 1977
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 442 8196
Duration: 73 minutes
Reviewed: February 2007
The bustling, eloquent Holberg Suite and heartfelt ‘The Last Spring’ – a ‘100 best tunes’ that has passed into popular consciousness (tenderly espoused here) – lead off, Valse triste adding a macabre edge before Little Suite blossoms and charms and the open-air Serenade displays skilful variety (you will recognise the closing as-used-on-TV ‘Marcia’!) and Rakastava rounds-off this enjoyable release with rapt intensity.

 

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