Sibelius Festival 2016 Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Belshazzar's Feast is incidental music by Jean Sibelius to a play of the same name. Sibelius composed in 1906 ten movements, scored for orchestra, with singers also being required in some numbers. In 1907 Sibelius extracted a purely orchestral suite of four numbers, which is much better known than the original score. Extracts from the longer work form a popular suite, which also has the opus number 51, and consists of: 1. Oriental March (originally Alla marcia) 2. Solitude (originally The Jewish Girl's Song) 3. Nocturne (originally Prelude: Notturno) 4. Khadra's Dance (originally Dance of Life and Dance of Death).