A re-recording of this lovely gem of a Serenade, the ninth piece from the 10 Pensées Lyriques. Sibelius seemed to prefer repeating phrases in a lot of his music, and thus begging me to make some variations.
This serenade evokes images of a tranquil starry night, a sight which I found particularly inspirational ever since my early twenties. I absolutely love the scintillating effect of the trill in the middle section. You could almost feel the pulsation of the twinkling stars! It shines especially well on the Estonia piano's high treble tones.
If the stars are gems of night, then this serenade is a gem in Sibelius' piano music repertoire! Beautiful stars and beautiful music inspires poetry:
The silver stream meanders on high,
Stretched across the blackened sky.
The cloudy soot within its flow
Set fires rekindled and spirits aglow.
Oh! Such radiant passions ignite
With scintillations of blue, red and white.
Hark! The voices emerge above;
Their harmonies pure and speaks of love.
A constellation of hymns, they sing;
Their resonation in the heavens, ring!
Lo! The stars! So brilliant! So bright!
Behold! The stars! The Gems of Night!
Piano: Estonia L210 (2018)
Sound recording: Zoom H5
Reverb: Adobe Audition: Medium Concert Hall (Warm)