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The Essential SIBELIUS


15 CDs for the price of 4

A generous survey of the music of Jean Sibelius, including the seven symphonies, violin concerto, tone poems and theatre music as well as songs, choral pieces, chamber works and piano music.

Artists include the Lahti Symphony Orchestra / Osmo Vänskä, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra / Neeme Järvi, Leonidas Kavakos, Anne Sofie von Otter, Monica Groop, Jorma Hynninen, Helsinki University Choir, the Tempera Quartet, Jaakko Kuusisto, Folke Gräsbeck, Erik T. Tawaststjerna and Lasse Pöysti &&&
  • The programme includes the world première recording of the melodrama Näcken as well as other previously unreleased material.
  • All recordings were produced by BIS Records between 1979 and 2006.
  • The accompanying 132-page booklet (in English, Finnish, German, French and Japanese) includes all song texts (with English translations).
As part of the countdown to the 50th anniversary of the death of Sibelius, this box offers a panoramic view of a composer who is all too often thought of as 'only' a great symphonist. The Essential Sibelius attempts to rectify this view by presenting a varied selection of all the genres pursued by the Finnish master: besides the seven symphonies, the box also includes the violin concerto, tone poems and theatre music as well as songs, choral pieces, chamber works and piano music.

Pride of place naturally goes to the orchestral works, however - the first four discs consist of the cycle of symphony recordings that made critics dub Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra 'the pre-eminent Sibelius interpreters of our day' when it was first released. The same performers share the task of presenting the other orchestral works - including Finlandia, Kullervo and the theatre music to 'The Tempest', to name but three - with the Gothenburg SO conducted by Neeme Järvi, in recordings that many consider the finest available of this music.

Participating artists include international soloists such as Leonidas Kavakos, whose performance of the violin concerto won a Gramophone Award, and Anne Sofie von Otter, whose interpretations of the songs set a never-surpassed standard, as well as Jorma Hynninen and Monica Groop, heading a field consisting of some of Finland's finest musicians. Again, universally acclaimed masterpieces such as the string quartet Voces intimae are juxtaposed with less well-known gems – including the world première recording of The Watersprite, a brief ‘melodrama’ for mezzo-soprano, narrator and piano trio. In fact, of the more than 19 hours of music in this generous collection, a good one and a half consists of recent, previously unreleased recordings. The accompanying 132-page booklet contains an authoritative essay by Andrew Barnett, one of today's leading Sibelius experts, as well as all song texts.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39 34'52
01 I. Andante, ma non troppo – Allegro energico 9'42
02 II. Andante (ma non troppo lento) 8'54
03 III. Scherzo. Allegro 4'30
04 IV. Finale (Quasi una Fantasia). Andante – Allegro molto 11'46
 
  Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 39'13
05 I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio 11'36
06 II. Allegro molto vivace 4'29
07 III. Il tempo largo 14'04
08 IV. Allegro 9'04
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.43 44'31
01 I. Allegretto 9'14
02 II. Tempo Andante, ma rubato 14'25
03 III. Vivacissimo – attacca – 5'57
04 IV. Finale. Allegro moderato 14'55
 
  Symphony No.3 in C major, Op.52 30'18
05 I. Allegro moderato 10'15
06 II. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto 11'12
07 III. Moderato – Allegro (ma non tanto) 8'51
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Symphony No.5 in E flat major, Op.82 31'13
01 I. Tempo molto moderato – Allegro moderato 13'23
02 II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto 8'45
03 III. Allegro molto – Largamente assai 9'05
 
04 En saga, Op.9 18'03
 
05 Pohjola’s Daughter, Op.49 13'10
 
06 Valse triste, Op.44 No.1 4'42
 
07 Finlandia, Op.26 8'28
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Symphony No.6 (in D minor), Op.104 26'39
01 I. Allegro molto moderato 8'28
02 II. Allegretto moderato 6'29
03 III. Poco vivace 3'23
04 IV. Allegro molto 8'19
 
05 Symphony No.7 in C major, Op.105 22'44
 
06 Tapiola, Op.112 17'22
 
 
Disc 5
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra, Op.47 34'29
01 I. Allegro moderato 16'47
02 II. Adagio di molto 10'02
03 III. Allegro, ma non tanto 7'40
 
  Two Serious Melodies for cello and orchestra, Op.77 8'32
04 I. Cantique (Lætare anima mea) 5'09
05 II. Devotion (Ab imo pectore) 3'23
 
  Two Serenades for violin and orchestra, Op.69 13'07
06 No.1 in D major 6'16
07 No.2 in G minor 6'51
 
  Six Humoresques for violin and orchestra 19'54
08 No.1 in D minor, Op.87 No.1 3'25
09 No.2 in D major, Op.87 No.2 2'15
10 No.3 in G minor, Op.89a 4'08
11 No.4 in G minor, Op.89b 4'00
12 No.5 in E flat major, Op.89c 3'05
13 No.6 in G minor, Op.89d 3'01
 
 
Disc 6
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Kullervo, Op.7 80'01
01 I. Introduction 12'50
02 II. Kullervo’s Youth 19'18
03 III. Kullervo and his Sister 25'27
04 IV. Kullervo Goes to War 10'04
05 V. Kullervo’s Death 12'22
 
 
Disc 7
 
  Jean Sibelius
01 The Wood-Nymph, Op.15 21'36
 
  Lemminkäinen Suite, Op.22 48'47
02 I. Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of the Island 15'12
03 II. The Swan of Tuonela 9'27
04 III. Lemminkäinen in Tuonela 17'41
05 IV. Lemminkäinen’s Return 6'27
 
 
Disc 8
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Karelia Suite, Op.11 16'57
01 I. Intermezzo 4'39
02 II. Ballade 7'27
03 III. Alla marcia 4'51
 
  Scènes historiques, Set I, Op.25 17'55
04 I. All’ Overtura 4'37
05 II. Scena 6'11
06 III. Festivo 7'07
 
07 Athenarnes sång (Song of the Athenians), Op.31 No.3 3'31
 
08 Tulen synty (The Origin of Fire), Op.32 9'03
 
09 Vapautettu kuningatar (The Captive Queen), Op.48 9'16
 
  Rakastava for strings, timpani and triangle, Op.14 12'06
10 I. The Lover 4'06
11 II. The Path of His Beloved 2'26
12 III. Good Evening!… Farewell! 5'34
 
13 Andante festivo, JS 34b (1922, orch. 1938) 5'10
 
 
Disc 9
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Kung Kristian II (King Christian II), Op.27 (suite) 25'12
01 I. Nocturne 7'40
02 II. Elegy 5'23
03 III. Musette 2'12
04 IV. Serenade 4'43
05 V. Ballad 5'14
 
  Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.46 (suite) 27'52
06 I. At the Castle Gate 3'49
07 II. Mélisande 4'15
08 IIa. At the Seashore 1'48
09 III. By a Spring in the Park 2'23
10 IV. The Three Blind Sisters 2'29
11 V. Pastorale 2'01
12 VI. Mélisande at the Spinning Wheel 2'14
13 VII. Entr’acte 2'49
14 VIII. The Death of Mélisande 6'04
 
  The Tempest, Op.109 (extracts) 23'42
15 The Oak Tree 2'25
16 Humoresque 1'00
17 Caliban’s Song 1'09
18 Intrada – Berceuse 2'06
19 Entr’acte – Ariel’s Song 3'14
20 Chorus of the Winds 3'14
21 Intermezzo 1'39
22 Dance of the Nymphs 1'49
23 Prospero 1'50
24 Miranda 2'03
25 The Storm 3'13
 
 
Disc 10
 
  Jean Sibelius
01 Snöfrid for recitation, mixed chorus and orchestra, Op.29 14'15
 
02 The Bard, Op.64 7'32
 
03 The Oceanides, Op.73 10'03
 
04 Luonnotar for soprano and orchestra, Op.70 8'50
 
05 Sortunut ääni (The Broken Voice), Op.18 No.1 1'20
 
06 Venematka (The Boat Journey), Op.18 No.3 1'34
 
07 Sydämeni laulu (Song of my Heart), Op.18 No.6 2'12
 
08 Rakastava (The Lover), JS160a (Op.14) 6'54
 
09 Isänmaalle (To the Fatherland), JS98a 2'19
 
10 Saarella palaa (Fire on the Island), Op.18 No.4 1'12
 
11 Soi kiitokseksi Luojan, Op.23 No.6a (We Praise Thee, Our Creator) 1'31
 
12 Män från slätten och havet, Op.65a (Men from Land and Sea) 4'40
 
13 Till havs (At Sea), Op.84 No.5 2'24
 
14 Fridolins dårskap (Fridolin’s Folly), JS84 2'27
 
15 Jone havsfärd (Jonah’s Voyage), JS100 2'29
 
16 Jääkärien marssi, Op.91a (March of the Finnish Jäger Battalion) 2'23
 
17 Finlandia-Hymni (Finlandia Hymn), Op.26 2'04
 
 
Disc 11
 
  Jean Sibelius
01 Svarta rosor (Black Roses), Op.36 No.1 1'56
 
02 Men min fågel märks dock icke, Op.36 No.2 (But my Bird is Long in Homing) 2'23
 
03 Säv, säv, susa (Sigh, Sigh, Sedges), Op.36 No.4 2'33
 
04 Illalle (To Evening), Op.17 No.6 (1898) 1'15
 
05 Im Feld ein Mädchen singt, Op.50 No.3 (A Maiden Yonder Sings) 3'00
 
06 Aus banger Brust (O, Wert Thou Here), Op.50 No.4 2'17
 
07 Die stille Stadt (The Silent Town), Op.50 No.5 2'39
 
08 Våren flyktar hastigt, Op.13 No.4 (Spring is Flying) 1'30
 
09 Se’n har jag ej frågat mera, Op.17 No.1 (Since Then I Have Questioned No Further) 1'53
 
10 Höstkväll (Autumn Evening), Op.38 No.1 4'29
 
11 Arioso, Op.3 3'48
 
12 Näcken (The Watersprite), song/melodrama, JS138 3'19
 
13 Giv mig ej glans, ej guld, ej prakt, Op.1 No.4 (Give Me No Splendour, Gold or Pomp) 3'43
 
14 Jag är ett träd (The Tree), Op.57 No.5 2'46
 
15 Näcken (The Watersprite), Op.57 No.8 3'10
 
16 Hymn to Thaïs, JS97 3'11
 
17 Kaiutar (The Echo Nymph), Op.72 No.4 3'10
 
18 Längtan heter min arvedel, Op.86 No.2 (Longing is my Heritage) 3'11
 
19 I systrar, I bröder, I älskande par, Op.86 No.6 (Ye Sisters, Ye Brothers) 2'01
 
20 Demanten på marssnön, Op.36 No.6 (The Diamond on the March Snow) 2'58
 
21 Sången om korsspindeln, Op.27 No.4 (The Song of the Cross Spider) 3'31
 
22 På verandan vid havet, Op.38 No.2 (On a Balcony by the Sea) 3'06
 
23 Kom nu hit, död, Op.60 No.1 (Come Away, Death) 3'31
 
24 Souda, souda, sinisorsa (Swim, Duck, Swim), JS180 1'10
 
25 Norden (The North), Op.90 No.1 2'04
 
26 Narciss (Narcissus), JS140 1'45
 
27 Den första kyssen (The First Kiss), Op.37 No.1 1'52
 
28 Var det en dröm? (Was it a Dream?), Op.37 No.4 1'58
 
29 Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte, Op.37 No.5 (The Tryst) 2'50
 
30 Tanken (The Thought), JS192 1'29
 
 
Disc 12
 
  Jean Sibelius
01 Moderato – Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor JS131 10'33
 
  String Quartet in A minor, JS183 34'02
02 I. Andante – Allegro 11'06
03 II. Adagio ma non tanto 8'33
04 III. Vivace 5'43
05 IV. Allegro 8'40
 
  String Quartet in D minor ‘Voces intimae’, Op.56 29'33
06 I. Andante – Allegro molto moderato 5'53
07 II. Vivace 2'18
08 III. Adagio di molto 10'51
09 IV. Allegretto (ma pesante) 5'34
10 V. Allegro 4'57
 
 
Disc 13
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Piano Trio in D major, ‘Korpo’, JS209 35'41
01 I. Allegro moderato 10'50
02 II. Fantasia 15'30
03 III. Finale. Vivace 9'21
 
  Piano Quintet in G minor, JS159 41'53
04 I. Grave – Allegro 10'53
05 II. Intermezzo. Moderato 5'19
06 III. Andante 9'20
07 IV. Scherzo. Vivacissimo 3'20
08 V. Moderato – Vivace 9'40
09 La pompeuse Marche d’Asis, JS116 3'21
 
 
Disc 14
 
  Jean Sibelius
01 Vattendroppar (Water Drops), JS216 0'45
 
02 Andante cantabile in E flat major, JS30b 4'12
 
03 Andante cantabile in G major, JS33 (1887) for violin and piano 2'32
 
  Sonata in F major, JS178 (for violin and piano) 25'19
04 I. [Allegro] 11'16
05 II. Andante 6'01
06 III. Vivace 8'02
 
07 Malinconia, Op.20 (for cello and piano) 12'18
 
  Four Pieces, Op.78 for violin and piano 10'54
08 I. Impromptu 1'40
09 II. Romance in F major 3'22
10 III. Religioso 4'00
11 IV. Rigaudon 1'52
 
  Sonatina in E major, Op.80 (for violin and piano) 11'38
12 I. Lento – Allegro 3'49
13 II. Andantino 3'51
14 III. Lento – Allegretto 3'58
 
  Two Danses Champêtres from Op.106 (for violin and piano) 7'27
15 I. Largamente assai – Vivace 5'02
16 II. Alla polacca 2'25
 
 
Disc 15
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Florestan, JS82 10'08
01 I. Moderato 1'33
02 II. Molto moderato 2'23
03 III. Andante 4'06
04 IV. Tempo I 2'06
 
05 Impromptu in B minor, Op. 5 No. 5 (1893) 3'36
 
  Sonata in F major, Op.12 16'45
06 I. Allegro molto 5'51
07 II. Andantino 6'54
08 III. Vivacissimo 4'00
 
09 Romance in D flat major, Op.24 No.9 4'00
 
  Kyllikki, three lyric pieces, Op.41 10'49
10 I. Largamente – Allegro 3'03
11 II. Andantino 4'29
12 III. Commodo 3'17
 
  Sonatina in F sharp minor, Op.67 No.1 7'06
13 I. Allegro 2'31
14 II. Largo 2'52
15 III. Allegro moderato 1'43
 
  Sonatina in E major, Op.67 No.2 5'34
16 I. Allegro 1'51
17 II. Andantino 2'19
18 III. Allegro 1'24
 
  Sonatina in B minor, Op.67 No.3 6'17
19 I. Andante – Allegro moderato 2'57
20 II. Andante – Allegro 3'20
 
21 Den ensamma furan (The Solitary Fir Tree), Op.75 No.2 2'03
 
22 Granen (The Spruce), Op.75 No.5 2'53
 
23 Scène romantique, Op.101 No.5 3'31
 
24 The Village Church, Op.103 No.1 3'10
 
  Album total 1151'26
ComposerSibelius, Jean
OrchestraGothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
ConductorHyökki, Matti
Järvi, Neeme
Panula, Jorma
Riska, Astrid
Sund, Robert
Vänskä, Osmo
ViolinKang, Dong-Suk
Kavakos, Leonidas
Kuusisto, Jaakko
Sparf, Nils-Erik
Vikman, Laura
CelloLaakso, Joel
Thedéen, Torleif
Turunen, Taneli
Ylönen, Marko
Mezzo-sopranoGroop, Monica
Otter, Anne Sofie von
Paasikivi, Lilli
BaritoneHakala, Tommi
Hynninen, Jorma
Laukka, Raimo
ChoirDominante Choir
Helsinki University Chorus
Jubilate Choir
Lahti Boys’ Choir
Orphei Drängar
YL Male Voice Choir
RecitationEkblad, Stina
Pöysti, Lasse
SopranoHäggander, MariAnne
Juntunen, Helena
PianoDerwinger, Love
Forsberg, Bengt
Gräsbeck, Folke
Tawaststjerna, Erik T.
EnsembleTempera Quartet
ViolaGribajcevic, Anna Kreetta
HarmoniumViitanen, Harri

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