Press Celebrations Music
Similarly to the Karelia Suite, the original Press Celebrations Music suite was never originally released under Sibelius' supervision, but after almost 99 years with the sheet music untouched, the suite was reconstructed and released on two different CDs, with the first one released by Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in 1998, conducted by Tuomas Ollila, and the second one was released by Lahti Symphony Orchestra in 2000, conducted by Osmo Vänskä.
The original movements are as follows.
1.Preludium: Andante (ma non troppo)
2.Tableau 1: The Song of Väinämöinen
3.Tableau 2: The Finns are Baptized by Bishop Henry
4.Tableau 3: Scene from Duke Johan's Court
5.Tableau 4: The Finns in the Thirty Years' War
6.Tableau 5: The Great Hostility
7.Tableau 6: Finland Awakes. (Later reworked to be Finlandia.)
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