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    Has anyone ever heard the fairly obscure orchestral work Cassazione (1904)? I've always liked it a lot, though it is far from his best work.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1QGyuqH7fo

    The opening is said to resemble the James Bond theme, as the Guardian in the UK points out:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/toms...ius-james-bond

    Anyone care for a spy mission in the frozen north of Finland?
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    [QUOTE=Tapkaara;166558]
    The opening is said to resemble the James Bond theme, as the Guardian in the UK points out:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/toms...ius-james-bond

    Wow, it sure does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post

    The opening is said to resemble the James Bond theme, as the Guardian in the UK points out:
    Wow, it sure does!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukecash12 View Post
    Not surprising in the least...thanks for posting

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    Glenn Gould, no less, was a champion of Sibelius's piano music. Sibelius's piano output is probably the most maligned of any major composer. A Sibelius fan such as myself, then, gets a little warm in the heart to know that at least one major pianist was such an advocate.

    Gould said of Sibelius's piano music: "Sibelius never wrote against the grain of the keyboard."
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    His F major sonata is indeed worth of advocation. I remember that he didn't think of piano too high but some of his piano pieces truely make serious competition for Grieg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    His F major sonata is indeed worth of advocation. I remember that he didn't think of piano too high but some of his piano pieces truely make serious competition for Grieg.
    It is true, Sibelius was not the biggest fan of the piano. (Could this be why there is no piano concerto in his output?)
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    I've found interesting advertisement:



    is it still actuall? I would like to sign up for these lessons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    I've found interesting advertisement:



    is it still actuall? I would like to sign up for these lessons
    Sibelius wasn't enthusiastic about teaching, either. But I am sure music lessons from him would have been quite an experience. What I wouldn't give to choke down a stogie with the Finnish master and hear his thoughts on theory...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post
    Has anyone ever heard the fairly obscure orchestral work Cassazione (1904)? I've always liked it a lot, though it is far from his best work.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1QGyuqH7fo

    The opening is said to resemble the James Bond theme, as the Guardian in the UK points out:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/toms...ius-james-bond

    Anyone care for a spy mission in the frozen north of Finland?
    I have the Cassazione but I dont think I have listen to it closely before - will check it out next!

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    Sibelius, Stokowski and Shakespeare. Three great names, to be sure. But what happens when you mix all of them together? You get music from The Tempest!

    Sibelius's hauntung Berceuse from his incidental music to The Tempest conducted by Leopold Stokowski. What do you guys think?

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    Sometimes old recording quality affects listening in positive way. This is good example of such situation. Sound of violins and clarinet gets specific charm from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Sometimes old recording quality affects listening in positive way. This is good example of such situation. Sound of violins and clarinet gets specific charm from it.
    I agree! The pops on the recording add a dark atmosphere to music that's already pretty dark.
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    Here is my new poem about Sibelius:

    Sibelius, Sibelius, tęgi ogrodnik,
    Kwiaty hoduje nowe i dzikie,
    Lecz nie rzuca swych nasion na chodnik!

    Do you like it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Here is my new poem about Sibelius:

    Sibelius, Sibelius, tęgi ogrodnik,
    Kwiaty hoduje nowe i dzikie,
    Lecz nie rzuca swych nasion na chodnik!

    Do you like it?
    Poland, the nation of poets. And sausage.
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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