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Sibelius - Song of the Earth

Composer Jean Sibelius
Performer Dominante Choir
Juha Hostikka
Helena Juntunen
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1365 CD
EAN 7318590013656
Format CD
Release date Jun 2005
Total time 74'22


This disc of works for choir and orchestra spans the years between 1889 (Two Chorales) and 1938 (Processional), and may be considered a sequel to Snöfrid (BIS-CD-1265) which was released in 2004 to great acclaim. (Classics Today.com made it their Disc of the Month calling it an “extremely enjoyable disc” while Fono Forum described it as “a wonderful example of Scandinavian expressivity.”) As might be expected, these are works that were composed for specific occasions: Song of the Earth (with text in Swedish) was written for the inauguration of the Swedish language university of Åbo, and The Captive Queen for the centenary of the birth of the Finnish nationalist

statesman Johan Vilhelm Snellman (an occasion for the Finns to make a show of their independent spirit to their Russian masters.) Processional was originally part of the Masonic Ritual Music, Op.113, which Sibelius composed for the newly established Finnish Masonic lodge, and later adapted for non-Masonic use, now using an English translation of the text, originally in Swedish. The two short chorales, recorded for the first time here, were written as academic exercises during Sibelius’s stay in Berlin, and are interesting as they most probably represent the great symphonist’s first attempts at writing orchestral music.

As on the previous disc, it is Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra who breathe life into these often forgotten works. On the present disc they are joined by the Dominante Choir, whose previous appearances on BIS (Aino, BIS-CD-1193/94, and Die Loreley, BIS-CD-1393/94) have been much appreciated.
 
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  Jean Sibelius
01 Song of the Earth, Op.93 (Jordens Sång) Text: Jarl Hammer 14'20
 
02 The Captive Queen, Op.48 (Vapautettu kuningatar) Text: Paavo Cajander 9'16
 
  Two Chorales 4'46
03 Herr du bist ein Fels 1'41
04 Herr erzeige uns deine Gnade 3'05
 
  Promotional Cantata (Kantaatti tohtorin - ja
maisterin-vihkijäissä 31 päivänä toukokuuta 1894), JS
105. Text: Kasimir Lönnbohm
31'33
05 I. Molto maestoso ed adagio 7'23
06 II. Allegro assai 15'17
07 III. Andantino 8'53
 
08 Scout March (Partiolaisten marssi), Op.91b 2'50
 
09 Hymn of the Earth (Maan virsi), Op.95. Text: Eino Leino 5'47
 
10 Processional (Onward, Ye Peoples), Op.113 No.6. Text: Viktor Rydberg/Marchall Kernochan 3'46
 
  Album total 74'22
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra
ChoirDominante Choir
ComposerSibelius, Jean
ConductorVänskä, Osmo
SopranoJuntunen, Helena
BaritoneHostikka, Juha

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