While the beloved Valse triste and Scene with Cranes from Kuolema are virtually signature tunes for the great Finnish composer, much of Sibelius' orchestral and theatrical music remains undeservedly less familiar. From the incidental music for the play Belshazzar's Feast Sibelius drew four richly scored orientalist movements. The tone poems Pan and Echo and Night Ride and Sunrise respectively evoke the world of ancient myth and a nocturnal journey towards a Nordic dawn. A lilting waltz dances at the heart of the impressionistic The Dryad, while castanets enliven the light-hearted mood of the Tanz-Intermezzo, Op. 45 No. 2.
Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55
Pan and Echo, Op. 53a
Belshazzar's Feast Suite, Op. 51: I. Oriental Procession
Belshazzar's Feast Suite, Op. 51: II. Solitude
Belshazzar's Feast Suite, Op. 51: Iii. Nocturne
Belshazzar's Feast Suite, Op. 51: IV. Khadra's Dance