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The Sibelius Edition Vol.9 - Chamber Music II

Composer Jean Sibelius
Performer Anna Kreetta Gribajcevic
Monica Groop
Folke Gräsbeck
Nobuko Imai
Jaakko Kuusisto
Joel Laakso
Suvi Lehtonen-Gräsbeck
Roland Pöntinen
Lasse Pöysti
Torleif Thedéen
Taneli Turunen
Laura Vikman
brass partout
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1924 CD
EAN 7318591924265
Format CD  –  5 discs
Release date Aug 2009
Total time 291'08

5 CDs for the price of 3

In spite of the fact that Sibelius’ chamber music is far less well-known than his orchestral works, it forms a large and important part of his production. In terms of numbers of discs it makes up a fourth of the complete recorded edition being brought out on BIS. Already released are the complete quartets and piano trios [BIS-CD-1903/05] and the works for violin and piano [BIS-CD-1915/17]; the present set focuses on his chamber music for other instrumental combinations and includes a number of world première recordings and previously unreleased material. A substantial chapter is the music for cello (solo and with piano accompaniment), much of which was written for Sibelius’ brother Christian. It is here performed by Torleif Thedéen, with the support of Folke Gräsbeck on the piano. There are also a number of duos and trios for strings, including the brief Vattendroppar (Water Drops) for violin and cello pizzicato, which is often claimed to be Sibelius’ earliest surviving composition, dated to around 1875. Another, more sizeable, rarity is the music to the play Ödlan (The Lizard), scored for string ensemble. Composed in 1909, half way between the Third and Fourth Symphonies, it was once described by Sibelius as ‘one of the most exquisite works that I have written’. This volume also includes Sibelius only work for viola and piano (‘Rondo in D minor’), as well as the world première recordings of two pieces for solo kantele, the traditional Finnish plucked-string instrument which appears in the Kalevala, the Finnish national epos that served as such an inspiration to Sibelius. Another group of works with a specifically Finnish background, are the pieces for ‘torviseitsikko’, a particular combination of seven brass instruments and percussion. These are here performed by members of the eminent German ensemble brasspartout. A varied programme then on this ninth instalment of the acclaimed Sibelius Edition, about which a reviewer in Fanfare has already predicted that it ‘will certainly be considered a landmark in the history of recording’.
 
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Disc 1
01 Vattendroppar (Water Drops), JS216 (c.1875) 0'45
02 Luftslott (Castles in the Air), Duo, JS65 (c.1881) 4'34
03 Andantino in C major, JS40 (c.1884) 2'46
04 Andante molto in F minor, JS36 (1887) 5'21
05 Serenata, JS169 (1887) 6'53
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Menuetto and Allegro, JS128 (1887) 8'45
06 Menuetto – Adagio molto – Coda 3'22
07 Allegro 5'23
 
08 Tempo di valse in G minor, JS193 (1887) 4'11
09 [Duo] in E minor, JS68 (1887) 2'18
10 [Theme and Variations] in D minor, JS196 (1887) 12'55
11 [Lento] in E flat minor, JS76 (1887–88) 1'46
12 Moderato in F major (1885–89) 4'33
13 [Mazurka] in G minor (1887–89) 1'17
 
Disc 2
01 [Andante] in B minor, JS91 (1888) 2'40
02 [Andantino] in B minor, JS92 (1888–89) 5'29
03 Andante molto in B minor (1888–89) 3'13
04 Andante – Allegro, JS31 (1888–89) 8'49
05 Canon in G minor, JS50 (1889) 2'00
06 Andantino in A major (1889) 2'15
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Suite in A major, JS186 (1889) 11'39
07 I. Prélude 2'13
08 II. Andante con moto 3'21
09 III. Menuetto 4'10
10 V. Gigue 1'55
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Fantasia, JS79 (1889) 16'54
11 I. Moderato – Vivo – Tempo I – Presto – Tempo I 4'10
12 II. Tempo di valse 1'49
13 III. Alla polacca 4'20
14 IV. Alla Marcia – attacca – 4'40
15 V. Leggiero 1'55
 
16 Adagio in F sharp minor, JS15 (1889) 0'49
17 Tempo di valse (‘Lulu Waltz’) in F sharp minor, JS194 (1889) 0'54
 
Disc 3
01 Overture in F minor, JS146 (1889) 8'18
02 Allegro, JS25 (1889) 4'26
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Andantino and Minuet, JS45 (1890–91) 4'49
03 Andantino 3'11
04 Menuetto 1'38
 
05 Vivace (1890) 4'18
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Piano Quintet in G minor, JS 159 (1890) 38'32
06 I. Grave – Allegro 10'53
07 II. Intermezzo 5'19
08 III. Andante 9'20
09 IV. Scherzo 3'20
10 V. Moderato – Vivace 9'40
 
 
Disc 4
01 [Minuet] in F major (1891) 3'08
02 Förspel (Preludium), JS83 (1891) 3'55
03 Duo, JS66 (1891–92) 5'10
04 Melodram ur ”Svartsjukans nätter”, JS125 (1893) 14'51
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Trio in G minor, JS210 (1893–94) 12'01
05 I. Lento 7'59
06 II. Allegro (fragment) 0'52
07 III. [no tempo marking] (fragment) 3'10
 
08 Rondo in D minor, JS162 (1893) 6'05
09 Canon in D minor (1895–98) 0'36
10 Moderato, JS130 (1896–98) 3'45
11 Dolcissimo, JS63 (1896–98) 2'14
12 [Waltz] (Kehtolaulu / Lullaby), JS222 (1899) 1'11
13 Tiera, JS200 (1899) 4'19
14 [March] (1897–99) 0'59
 
Disc 5
01 Malinconia, Op.20 (1900) 12'18
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Ödlan (The Lizard), Op.8 (1909) 16'55
02 Scene No.1 2'43
03 Scene No.2 14'12
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Two Serious Melodies, Op.77 8'42
04 I. Cantique (Laetare anima mea) (1914) 5'02
05 II. Devotion (Ab imo pectore) (1915) 3'40
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Four Pieces, Op.78 11'41
06 I. Impromptu (1915) 1'47
07 II. Romance in F major (1915) 3'04
08 III. Religioso (1917) 4'54
09 IV. Rigaudon (1915) 1'56
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  from [Theme and Variations] in D minor, JS 196 (1887)
10 Variation IV with alternative version of bar 81 0'42
 
11 [Mazurka] in G minor (1887–89) 1'15
  Album total 291'08
ComposerSibelius, Jean
PianoGrasbeck (Gräsbeck), Folke
Pontinen (Pöntinen), Roland
CelloLaakso, Joel
Thedéen, Torleif
Turunen, Taneli
ViolinKuusisto, Jaakko
Lasonpalo, Jyrki
Vikman, Laura
ViolaGribajcevic, Anna Kreetta
Imai, Nobuko
Brass ensemblebrass partout
ConductorBaumer (Bäumer), Hermann
Bäumer, Hermann
Kuusisto, Jaakko
Ensemblebrass partout
KanteleLehtonen-Gräsbeck, Suvi
RecitationPoysti (Pöysti), Lasse
Mezzo-sopranoGroop, Monica
Double bassMunter, Eero

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