Sibelius Valse triste
The Valse triste was part of the incidental music to Sibelius’ brother-in-law Arvid Järnefelt’s 1903 play Kuolema (“Death”) which had a few performances in a Helsinki theatre. When his German publisher printed it, the piece became a world wide hit. The publisher got rich, but not Sibelius. Valse triste is a wonderful piece for orchestra with a beautiful cor anglais solo.
Recorded for GSOplay 9 March 2018
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