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Folke Gräsbeck plays Sibelius on the Ainola Piano

Composer Jean Sibelius
Performer Folke Gräsbeck
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2132 SACD
EAN 7318590021323
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Apr 2015
Total time 80'54


Recording of the Month, MusicWeb-International.com: “Musical and sonic nirvana, this; prepare to be overwhelmed.”

Ainola, the house that Jean Sibelius built in 1904 and lived in until his death in 1957, has become legendary among lovers of Nordic music. It is said that Sibelius composed more than 300 works there, and it was in the fireplace of Ainola that he is thought to have burnt the manuscript of his Eighth Symphony, before falling almost completely silent as a composer. The house is now a museum, and receives tens of thousands of visitors every summer – many of them from abroad. It has remained largely unchanged since Sibelius and his family lived in it, and among the museum’s most treasured objects is the Steinway grand piano that Sibelius was presented with on his fiftieth birthday, in 1915. It is on this instrument, Sibelius’s trusted companion for more than 40 years, that Folke Gräsbeck has recorded this tribute to the composer on his 150th anniversary. A recognized authority on the piano music of Sibelius, Gräsbeck has put together a rich and varied selection that spans the composer’s entire career and includes rarities as well as some of his most popular original piano compositions alongside his transcriptions of orchestral favourites such as Finlandia and Valse triste.
 
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  Jean Sibelius
01 Andantino in B major, JS44 (1888) 1'26
 
02 Allegretto in B flat minor, JS18 (1888) 0'59
 
03 Largo in A major, JS117 (1888) 4'18
 
  from Six Impromptus, Op.5 (1893) 5'28
04 No.2 in G minor 1'54
05 No.5 in B minor 3'34
 
  from Ten Pieces, Op.24 7'06
06 No.3. Caprice (1898) 3'17
07 No.9. Romance in D flat major (1901) 3'49
 
08 Finlandia, Op.26 (1899, rev. 1900) 8'36
 
09 Musette, Op.27 No.3 (1898) 2'18
 
10 [Polka] ‘Aino’ in C minor (1902–05) 0'27
 
11 Valse triste, Op.44 No.1 (1903, rev. 1904) 4'44
 
12 Pan and Echo, Op.53 (1906) 3'51
 
13 Rondino in G sharp minor, Op.68 No.1 (1912) 3'18
 
14 Granen (The Spruce), Op.75 No.5 (1914, rev. 1919) 3'04
 
  from Thirteen Pieces, Op.76 6'29
15 No.2. Étude (1911) 1'19
16 No.9. Arabesque (1914) 1'00
17 No.10. Elegiaco (1916) 2'18
18 No.12. Capriccietto (1914) 0'45
19 No.13. Harlequinade (1916) 1'07
 
  Five Pieces (‘The Flowers’), Op.85 10'41
20 No.1. Bellis (The Daisy) (1917) 1'19
21 No.2. Œillet (The Carnation) (1916) 1'43
22 No.3. Iris (The Iris) (1916) 3'11
23 No.4. Aquileja (The Columbine) (1917) 2'13
24 No.5. Campanula (The Campanula) (1917) 2'15
 
  Two Pieces for Oscar Parviainen (1919) 2'18
25 Andantino, JS201 1'11
26 Con passione, JS53 1'07
 
  from Eight Short Pieces, Op.99 (1922) 3'31
27 No.3. Souvenir 2'20
28 No.7. Moment de valse 1'11
 
29 Scène romantique, Op.101 No.5 (1923–24) 3'38
 
30 The Village Church, Op.103 No.1 (1923–24) 3'33
 
31 Landscape II (1928–29) 2'58
 
  Album total 80'54
ComposerSibelius, Jean
PianoGräsbeck, Folke

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