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Pacius - The Princess of Cyprus

Composer Fredrik Pacius
Performer Agneta Eichenholtz
Jubilate Choir
Riikka Rantanen
Johan Storgård
Tom Wentzel
Tove Åman
Tapiola Sinfonietta
Ulf Söderblom, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-1340 CD
EAN 7318590013403
Format CD
Release date Sep 2004
Total time 71'04


Fredrik Pacius (1809–91), the 'Father of Finnish music' – and the composer of the Finnish national anthem! – was actually a German by birth and musical training. But he embraced the Finnish cause and did much to give the emergent Finnish identity musical expression, combining the German Romanticism of his heritage with Finnish folk music.
Even by the usual standards of opera the plot is improbable; an extraordinary mixture of Greek myth and episodes from Kalevala, the great epic poem of Finnish legends. Yet the Princess of Cyprus has a place in musical history in being one of the first attempts to use the inspiration of Kalevala in music – something to which Sibelius later brought his own unique genius.
The CD is packaged in an attractive slipcase, with works of art related to the period, and with a separate booklet giving the full libretto in the original Swedish, with English and Finnish translations.
 
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  Fredrik Pacius
  The Princess of Cyprus (Incidental Music to the play by
Zacharias Topelius after motifs from Kalevala). Act 1.
21'29
01 I. Aphrodite´s Chorus 8'07
02 Narration 1'21
03 II. Ballad 5'10
04 Narration 0'25
05 III. Moking Chorus 4'00
06 Narration 2'26
 
 
  Fredrik Pacius
  The Princess of Cyprus (Incidental Music to the play by
Zacharias Topelius after motifs from Kalevala). Act 2.
16'55
07 IV. Mill Song 6'53
08 Narration 1'12
09 V. Melodrama 7'33
10 Narration 1'17
 
 
  Fredrik Pacius
  The Princess of Cyprus (Incidental Music to the play by
Zacharias Topelius after motifs from Kalevala). Act 3.
4'18
11 VI. Romance 3'53
12 Narration 0'25
 
 
  Fredrik Pacius
  The Princess of Cyprus (Incidental Music to the play by
Zacharias Topelius after motifs from Kalevala). Act 4.
27'28
13 VII. Cyprian Chorus 1'19
14 Narration 2'44
15 VIII. The Spell, Melodrama - Andante grave (orchestral) 12'51
16 IX. Finale 10'34
 
  Album total 71'04
OrchestraTapiola Sinfonietta
ChoirJubilate Choir
Mezzo-sopranoEichenholtz, Agneta
Rantanen, Riikka
ComposerPacius, Fredrik
SopranoÅman, Tove
ConductorSoderblom (Söderblom), Ulf
NarratorWentzel, Tom
Spoken rôleStorgård, Johan

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