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The Sibelius Edition Vol.10 - Piano Music II

Composer Jean Sibelius
Performer Folke Gräsbeck
Peter Lönnqvist
Lasse Pöysti
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1927 CD
EAN 7318591927297
Format CD  –  5 discs
Release date Mar 2010
Total time 346'17

5 CDs for the price of 3

Jean Sibelius is known as a great symphonist but he was also a highly skilled and prolific miniaturist who produced short, often aphoristic pieces throughout his life. Although less well-known than his orchestral works, his output for the piano is extensive, and we can now present the second instalment of music for solo piano in the BIS Sibelius Edition. Its predecessor, released as Volume 4 of the edition, presented the piano music that Sibelius composed during his youth and in his national romantic period. The music on this second set was written between 1905 and 1931, and includes the Three Sonatinas, widely seen as some of Sibelius's finest piano works, as well as the five pieces from the composer's Op.75, commonly known as 'The Trees'. Among the several world première recordings in this collection we find an Adagio written for his wife Aino's birthday in 1931, Sibelius's last composition for piano - and his only one for piano four-hands. 'Rakkalle Ainolle' ('To My Beloved Aino') is a mysterious piece, almost devoid of melody as such, but with an astonishingly bold tonal language: might this have been the style of the composer's Eighth Symphony, by then approaching completion and later reportedly destroyed by the composer? Included are also a number of Sibelius' own transcriptions, mainly of music he had composed for stage performances of plays such as Pelléas et Mélisande. A special case in this category is the four minute long reworking for the piano of an original bell melody written in 1912 for Helsinki's newly built Kallio Church. Presenting these close to 6 hours of music is Folke Gräsbeck, who himself has searched the archives, comparing versions and looking for previously unknown pieces. His commitment to the music of Sibelius is close to legendary, and on the basis of the previous volume of piano music alone, his achievement has been described as 'nothing less than heroic' (American Record Guide). Another reviewer, in the magazine Pizzicato, has described his performances as 'both musically and technically impressive; fresh and lively, and with a marked feeling for the dramatic potential of each work.'
 
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Disc 1
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Pelléas och Mélisande (Pelléas and Mélisande), Op. 46;
Piano transcription (1905) by the composer
26'49
01 No. 1. Am Schlosstor (At the Castle Gate). Grave e largamente 3'32
02 No. 2. Mélisande. Andantino conmoto 4'22
03 No. 3. Am Wunderborn im Park (By a Spring in the Park). Comodo 2'04
04 No. 4. Die drei blinden Schwestern (The Three Blind Sisters). Tranquillo 3'13
05 No. 5. Pastorale. Andantino pastorale 2'06
06 No. 6. Mélisande amRocken (Mélisande at the SpinningWheel). Conmoto 2'01
07 No. 7. Zwischenaktsmusik (Entr’acte). Allegro 2'54
08 No. 8. Mélisandes Tod (The Death of Mélisande). Andante 6'37
 
  Belsazars gästabud (Belshazzar’s Feast), Op. 51, Piano
transcription (1907) by the composer
11'25
09 No. 1. Einzug (Oriental Procession). Moderato 2'07
10 No. 2. Einsames Lied (Solitude). Andante 2'20
11 No. 3. Nachtmusik (Nocturne). Andantino 3'20
12 No. 4. Khadras Tanz (Khadra’s 12 Dance). Commodo 3'38
 
  Ten Pieces, Op. 58 (1909) 35'08
13 No. 1. Rêverie. Lento 4'48
14 No. 2. Scherzino. Conmoto 1'35
15 No. 3. Air varié. Andante – Un pocomeno andante 4'17
16 No. 4. Der Hirt (The Shepherd). Vivacetto 2'58
17 No. 5. Des Abends (The Evening). Andantino 4'17
18 No. 6. Dialogue. Allegro grazioso 2'27
19 No. 7. Tempo di Minuetto. 3'01
20 No. 8. Fischerlied (Fisher Song). Allegretto 3'43
21 No. 9. Ständchen (Serenade). Moderato 3'19
22 No. 10. Sommerlied (Summer 22 Song). Largo 4'43
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Jean Sibelius
01 Pan and Echo, Op. 53 (1906), Piano transcription (1907) by the composer 4'04
 
  Sonatina No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 67 (1912) 6'58
02 I. Allegro 2'21
03 II. Largo 3'05
04 III. Allegro moderato 1'32
 
  Sonatina No. 2 in E major Op. 67 (1912) 5'33
05 I. Allegro 1'52
06 II. Andantino 2'20
07 III. Allegro 1'21
 
  Sonatina No. 3 in B flat minor Op. 67 (1912) 5'19
08 I. Andante – Allegromoderato 2'26
09 II. Andante – Allegretto 2'53
 
  Two Rondinos, Op. 68 (1912) 5'12
10 No. 1 in G sharp minor. Andantino 3'16
11 No. 2 in C sharp 11 minor. Vivace 1'56
 
12 Kellosävel Kallion kirkossa, Op. 65b (1912) (The Bells of Kallio Church) Piano transcription (1912) by the composer 4'00
 
  From Scaramouche, Op. 71 Piano transcriptions (1913–14) by the composer 11'50
13 Danse élégiaque 5'28
14 Scène d’amour 6'22
 
15 Spagnuolo, JS 181 (1913) 0'48
 
16 Till trånaden (To Longing), JS 202 (1913) 1'46
 
  Four Lyric Pieces, Op. 74 (1914) 9'31
17 No. 1. Ekloge (Eclogue). Andantino 3'21
18 No. 2. SanfterWestwind (Soft WestWind). Conmoto 2'05
19 No. 3. Auf dem Tanzvergnügen (At the Dance). Allegretto 1'44
20 No. 4. Im alten Heim (In the Old Home). Lento 20 – Un pocomosso 2'21
 
  Five Pieces (‘The Trees’), Op. 75 12'32
21 No. 1. När rönnen blommar (When the Rowan Blossoms) (1914). Allegretto 1'55
22 No. 2. Den ensamma furan (The Solitary Fir Tree) (1914). Grave 3'05
23 No. 3. Aspen (The Aspen) (1914). Andantino 2'43
24 No. 4. Björken (The Birch) (1914). Allegro –Misterioso 1'32
25 No. 5. Granen (The Spruce) (1914, rev. 1919) 3'17
 
26 Syringa [Op. 75 No. 6] (1914) 2'15
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Thirteen Pieces, Op. 76 19'20
01 No. 1. Esquisse (1917). Allegretto 1'13
02 No. 2. Étude (1911). Leggiero 1'12
03 No. 3. Carillon (1914). Commodo – Sonore 1'00
04 No. 4. Humoresque (1916). Vivo 1'23
05 No. 5. Consolation (1919). Andantino 2'12
06 No. 6. Romanzetta (1914). Allegretto con grazia 2'25
07 No. 7. Affettuoso (1917). Agitato 1'47
08 No. 8. Pièce enfantine (1916). Vivace 0'52
09 No. 9. Arabesque (1914). Vivacissimo 1'00
10 No. 10. Elegiaco (1916). Poco agitato 2'21
11 No. 11. Linnaea (1918). Andantino conmoto 2'02
12 No. 12. Capriccietto (1914). Vivace 0'44
13 No. 13. Harlequinade (1916). Commodo 1'09
 
  From Jokamies (Jedermann/Everyman), Op. 83, Piano
transcriptions (1925) by the composer
6'07
14 No. 2. Episodio. Largo 1'33
15 Nos 8 & 9. Scena. Allegretto –Moderato 2'20
16 No. 4. Canzone. Andantino 2'14
 
  Five Pieces (‘The Flowers’), Op. 85 10'59
17 No. 1. Bellis (The Daisy) (1917). Presto – Allegretto 1'19
18 No. 2. Oeillet (The Carnation) (1916). Conmoto 1'47
19 No. 3. Iris (The Iris) (1916). Allegretto e deciso 3'34
20 No. 4. Aquileja (The Columbine) (1917). Allegretto 2'11
21 No. 5. Campanula (The Campanula) (1917). Andantino 2'08
 
22 Mandolinato, JS 123 (1917) 1'03
 
23 Jääkärienmarssi (March of the Finnish Jaeger Batallion) Op. 91a (1917) 1'23
 
24 Partiolaistenmarssi (ScoutMarch), Op. 91b (1918) 1'44
 
  Six Pieces, Op. 94 10'38
25 No. 1. Danse (1919). Conmoto 1'05
26 No. 2. Nouvellette (1914). Allegro 1'00
27 No. 3. Sonnet (1919). Allegretto 2'34
28 No. 4. Berger et bergerette (1919). Commodo 2'14
29 No. 5. Mélodie (1919). Largamente – Andantino 2'01
30 No. 6. Gavotte (1919). [Allegromoderato] 1'44
 
31 Andantino, JS 201 (1919) 1'06
 
32 Con passione, JS 53 (1919) 1'03
 
  Three Pieces, Op. 96 13'55
33 a. Valse lyrique (1919). Pocomoderato 4'38
34 b. Autrefois (1919). Allegretto; Piano transcription (1920) by the composer 5'01
35 c. Valse chevaleresque (1921, rev. 1922). Commodo – Poco a poco conmoto 4'16
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Six Bagatelles, Op. 97 (1920) 10'25
01 No. 1. Humoreske I. Conmoto 1'53
02 No. 2. Lied (Song). Andantino 2'22
03 No. 3. Kleiner Walzer (Little Waltz) 1'25
04 No. 4. Humoristischer Marsch (Humorous March) 1'08
05 No. 5. Impromptu. Pocomoderato 1'59
06 No. 6. Humoreske II. Poco lento – Vivace 1'38
 
  Suite mignonne, Op. 98a (1921) Piano transcription (1921) by the composer 6'31
07 I. Petite Scène. Allegretto 2'40
08 II. Polka. Animoso 1'53
09 III. Epilogue. Vivace – Largamente – Tempo I 1'58
 
  Suite champêtre, Op. 98b (1922) Piano transcription (1922) by the composer 8'28
10 I. Pièce caractéristique. Commodo 1'54
11 II. Mélodie élégiaque. Poco adagio 4'32
12 III. Danse. Allegretto 2'02
 
  Eight Little Pieces, Op. 99 (1922) 11'27
13 No. 1. Pièce humoristique. Allegretto 1'19
14 No. 2. Esquisse. Vivo 0'49
15 No. 3. Souvenir. Lento 2'02
16 No. 4. Impromptu. Quasimarcia 1'17
17 No. 5. Couplet. Commodo 2'00
18 No. 6. Animoso 1'33
19 No. 7. Moment de valse. Commodo 1'03
20 No. 8. Petite marche 1'24
 
  Suite caractéristique, Op. 100 (1922) Piano transcription
(1922) by the composer
6'07
21 I. Vivo 1'21
22 II. Lento 3'07
23 III. Commodo 1'39
 
  Five Romantic Compositions, Op. 101 (1923–24) 13'02
24 No. 1. Romance. Poco conmoto 2'56
25 No. 2. Chant du soir. Andantino 2'04
26 No. 3. Scène lyrique. Andante –Vivace 2'30
27 No. 4. Humoresque. Commodo – Stretto assai 2'07
28 No. 5. Scène romantique. Moderato assai 28 – Poco conmoto 3'25
 
  Five Characteristic Impressions, Op. 103 (1923–24) 11'46
29 No. 1. The Village Church. Largo 3'39
30 No. 2. The Fiddler. Conmoto 2'00
31 No. 3. The Oarsman. Allegretto 2'02
32 No. 4. The Storm. Allegromolto 1'37
33 No. 5. In Mournful Mood. Moderato 2'28
 
  From The Tempest, Op. 109 Piano transcriptions (1927) by the composer 4'21
34 Episode (Miranda). Poco conmoto 1'13
35 Tanz der Nymphen (Dance of the Nymphs). Commodo 1'46
36 Scène. Allegretto 1'22
 
 
Disc 5
 
  Jean Sibelius
01 Morceau romantique sur unmotif deM. Jacob de Julin, JS 135b (1925) 2'02
 
02 Ett ensamt skidspår (A Lonely Ski-Trail), JS 77a (1925) 2'49
 
  Five Esquisses, Op. 114 (1929) 11'09
03 No. 1. Maisema (Landscape). Andantino 2'35
04 No. 2. Talvikuva (Winter Scene). Allegretto 2'28
05 No. 3. Metsälampi (Forest Lake). Conmoto 1'27
06 No. 4. Metsälaulu (Song in the Forest). Animato 2'46
07 No. 5. Kevätnäky (Spring Vision) 1'53
 
08 Adagio, JS 161 (1931) ‘Rakkaalle Ainolle’ (‘To My Beloved Aino’) 4'29
 
  From Belsazars gästabud (Belshazzar’s Feast), JS 48 Piano
transcriptions (1906) by the composer
2'34
09 No. 4. Livets dans (Dance of Life). Commodo 1'09
10 No. 5. Dödens dans (Dance of Death). Commodo 1'25
 
11 Ballade (c. 1912) Preliminary version of Aspen, Op. 75 No. 3 1'48
 
12 Granen (The Spruce) (1914) Preliminary version of Op. 75 No. 5 2'15
 
13 Valse lyrique (1919) Preliminary version of Op. 96a 4'46
 
14 Valse chevaleresque (1919) Preliminary version of Op. 96c 4'27
 
15 Lied (Song) (1920) Preliminary version of Op. 97 No. 2 2'16
 
16 Impromptu (1920) Preliminary version of Op. 97 No. 5 3'19
 
17 Andantino – Allegretto (1923–24) Preliminary version of Scène romantique, Op. 101 No. 5 3'12
 
18 In Mournful Mood (1923–24) Preliminary version of Op. 103 No. 5 2'09
 
19 Metsälaulu (Song in the Forest) (1929) Preliminary version of Op. 114 No. 4 2'23
 
  Album total 346'17
ComposerSibelius, Jean
PianoGräsbeck, Folke
Lönnqvist, Peter
RecitationPöysti, Lasse

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