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The Sibelius Edition Vol.11 - Choral Music


6 CDs for the price of 3

Jean Sibelius' emergence as a composer coincided with the rapid development of choral singing in Finland, at a time when new choirs were being established all over the country. The importance of the genre may be measured by the fact that one of Sibelius's most deeply felt pieces for mixed choir, Män från slätten och havet (Men from Land and Sea), received its first performance by a choir of gargantuan proportions - around 1,300 singers - gathered at a festival in the city of Vaasa in 1912. Choral music also forms an important part of Sibelius' production: besides the present collection of more than 7 hours of music for choir a cappella and with piano or organ accompaniment, there are a large number of orchestral works involving choir. (These are included in volume 3, 'Voice and Orchestra', of this edition.) As a consequence of the division in Finland between Finnish- and Swedish-speakers, Sibelius set texts in both languages, and while a large majority of his solo songs use Swedish texts, in the choral music we find a much larger proportion of settings in Finnish - often, if far from always, of texts from Kalevala, the national epic poem, or its lyric counterpart Kanteletar. Like previous volumes in the SIBELIUS EDITION, the present collection includes not only the published works, but also unpublished pieces, revisions and early versions. Many of these are here recorded for the first time, such as the version with piano of the two choral movements of Kullervo and the reconstruction of the Cantata for the University Graduation Ceremonies of 1897. Other rarities, quite unexpected for those whose knowledge of Sibelius is mainly restricted to his symphonic output, are the two brief arrangements of 'Italian Folk Songs', and the collection of Chorales for mixed choir written during the student years in Helsinki and in Berlin. Performing this wealth of music are some of Finland's finest choirs, with the YL Male Voice Choir and Akademiska Sångföreningen sharing the pieces for male choir, with contributions from their Swedish colleagues in Orphei Drängar. The music for mixed choir is championed by the Dominante and the Jubilate choirs, while most of the piano accompaniments are signed Folke Gräsbeck, whose recordings of Sibelius' complete music for solo piano have just been released.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Kullervo, Op. 7 (1892) 37'47
01 III. Kullervo ja hänen sisarensa (Kullervo and his Sister). Allegro 26'00
02 V. Kullervon kuolema (Kullervo’s Death) 11'47
 
03 Rakastava, JS 160a (1893) 7'40
 
  Six Songs, Op. 18 11'15
04 1. Sortunut ääni (The Broken Voice) (1898) 1'20
05 2. Terve kuu (Hail, O Moon) (1901) 3'10
06 3. Venematka (The Boat Journey) (1893) 1'34
07 4. Saarella palaa (Fire on the Island) (1895) 1'23
08 5. Metsämiehen laulu (The Woodsman’s Song) (1899) 1'36
09 6. Sydämeni laulu (Song of my Heart) (1898) 2'12
 
10 Heitä, koski, kuohuminen, JS 94 (1893) (Cease , O Cataract, Thy Foaming) 1'11
 
11 Hymn (Natus in curas), Op. 21 Revised version (1896, rev. 1898) 4'01
 
12 Kuutamolla, JS 114 (1898) (In the Moonlight) 1'53
 
13 Athenarnes sång, Op. 31 No. 3 (Song of the Athenians) 3'15
 
14 Sandels, Op. 28 9'22
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Jean Sibelius
01 Har du mod? JS 93 (1903–04) (Have You Courage?) 1'26
 
02 Ej med klagan, JS 69 (1905) (Not with Lamentation) 1'11
 
03 Laulun mahti, JS 118 (1895) (The Power of Song) 3'01
 
04 Veljeni vierailla mailla, JS 217 (1904) (My Brothers Abroad) 3'13
 
05 Isänmaalle, JS98b (To the Fatherland) – final version (1899, rev. 1908) 2'10
 
06 Tulen synty, Op. 32 (The Origin of Fire) 8'42
 
07 Har du mod? Op. 31 No.2 (Have You Courage?) 3'07
 
08 Uusmaalaisten laulu, JS 214b (1912) (Song of the People of Uusimaa) 2'04
 
  Five Songs, Op. 84 13'56
09 1. Herr Lager och Skön fager (1914) (Mr Lager and the Fair One) 1'57
10 2. På berget (On the Mountain) (1915) 3'01
11 3. Ett drömackord (A Dream Chord) (1915) 3'36
12 4. Evige Eros (Eternal Eros) (1915) 2'58
13 5. Till havs (To Sea) – published version (1917) 2'24
 
14 Fridolins dårskap, JS 84 (1917) (Fridolin’s Folly) 2'27
 
15 Jone havsfärd, JS 100 (1918) (Jonah’s Voyage) 2'29
 
  Two Schybergson Songs, JS 224 (1918) 3'31
16 1. Ute hörs stormen (Outside the Storm is Raging). Comodo (ma poco agitato) 2'11
17 2. Brusande rusar en våg (The Roaring of a Wave). Agitato 1'20
 
18 Likhet, JS 121 (1922) (Resemblance) 2'08
 
19 Jääkärien marssi, Op. 91a (1917) (March of the Finnish Jäger Battalion) 2'20
 
20 Viipurin Laulu-Veikkojen kunniamarssi (Honour March of the Singing Brothers of Viipuri) Version I, JS 219 (1920). Reippaasti 1'24
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
21 Viipurin Laulu-Veikkojen kunniamarssi (Honour March of the Singing Brothers of Viipuri) Version II, JS 220 (1929). Reippaasti 1'14
 
  Two Songs, Op. 108 (1924–25) 6'12
22 1. Humoreski (Humoresque). Nopeaan ja paatoksella 3'28
23 2. Ne pitkän matkan kulkijat (Wanderers on the Long Way). Nopeaan 2'44
 
24 Skyddskårsmarsch, JS 173 (1925) (Skyddskår’s March) 1'11
 
25 Siltavahti, JS 170a (1928) (The Guardian of the Bridge) 1'37
 
26 Karjalan osa, JS 108 (1930) (Karelia’s Fate) 4'14
 
27 En etsi valtaa, loistoa, Op. 1 No.4 (Give me no Splendour, Gold or Pomp) 2'38
 
28 Finlandia Hymn from Op. 26 (1899, arr. 1940) 2'05
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Jean Sibelius
01 Ensam i dunkla skogarnas famn, JS 72 (1888) (Alone in the Dark Forest’s Clasp) 2'31
 
02 När sig våren åter föder, JS 139 (1888) (When Spring is Born Again) 1'58
 
03 Tanke, se, hur fågeln svingar, JS 191 (1888) (Thought, See how the Bird Swoops) 1'16
 
04 Hur blekt är allt, JS 96 (1888) (So Faded Everything Is) 2'05
 
05 Upp genom luften, JS 213 (1888) (Up Through the Air) 2'45
 
06 Ack, hör du fröken Gyllenborg, JS 10 (1888) (Ah! Listen, Miss Gyllenborg) 1'03
 
07 Työkansan marssi, JS 212 (1893) (March of the Labourers) 2'19
 
08 Soitapas soria neito, JS 176 (1893–94) (Play, Pretty Maiden) 1'23
 
09 Juhlamarssi (1894, rev. 1896) (Festive March) 4'02
 
  Italian Folk Song Arrangements, JS 99 4'46
10 1. Oje Carulì (Oh Caroline) 2'49
11 2. Trippole trappole 1'57
 
  Lauluja sekaköörille vuoden 1897 promotioonikantaatista,
Op. 23 (Songs for Mixed Choir from the Cantata for the
University Graduation Ceremonies of 1897)
18'51
12 1. Me nuoriso Suomen (We the Youth of Finland). Marssin tapaan 2'43
13 2. Tuuli tuudittele (The Wind Rocks). Ei liian verkalleen 2'20
14 3. Oi toivo, toivo, sä lietomieli (O Hope, Hope, You Dreamer) 1'00
15 4. Montapa elon merellä (Many on the Sea of Life). Nopeaan 0'48
16 5. Sammuva sainio maan (The Fading Thoughts of the Earth). Verkalleen 1'21
17 6a. Soi kiitokseksi Luojan (We Praise Thee, our Creator) 1'31
18 6b. Tuule, tuuli leppeämmin (Blow, Wind, More Gently) 2'51
19 7. Oi Lempi, sun valtas ääretön on (O Love, Your Realm is Limitless) 2'32
20 8. Kuin virta vuolas (As the Swift Current) 2'25
21 9. Oi, kallis Suomi, äiti verraton (Oh Precious Finland, Mother Beyond Compare) 1'20
 
  Carminalia, JS 51a (1898) 2'24
22 I. Ecce novum gaudium(Behold a New Joy). Moderato 1'08
23 II. Angelus emittitur (An Angel is Sent Out). Lento 0'34
24 III. In stadio laboris (In Athletic Strife). Moderato 0'42
 
25 Rakastava, JS 160c (1893, rev. 1898) (The Lover) 7'13
 
  from Six Songs, Op. 18 7'29
26 1. Sortunut ääni (The Broken Voice) (1898) 1'32
27 3. Venematka (The Boat Journey) (1893, arr. 1914) 1'37
28 4. Saarella palaa (Fire on the Island) (1895, arr. 1898) 1'19
29 6. Sydämeni laulu (Song of my Heart) (1898, arr. 1904) 3'01
 
30 Min rastas raataa, JS 129 (c. 1898) (Busy as a Thrush) 1'17
 
31 Isänmaalle, JS98a (To the Fatherland) – version for mixed choir (1899, arr. 1900) 2'03
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Jean Sibelius
01 Aamusumussa, JS 9a (1898) (In the Morning Mist) 1'38
 
02 Den 25 oktober 1902. Till Thérèse Hahl (25th October 1902. To Thérèse Hahl) Version I, JS 60. Andantino 2'09
 
03 Den 25 oktober 1902. Till Thérèse Hahl (25th October 1902. To Thérèse Hahl) Version II, JS 61. Tranquillo 2'07
 
04 Ej med klagan, JS 69 (1905) (Not with Lamentation) 1'19
 
05 Listen to the Water Mill (fragment), JS 122 3'06
 
  Two Songs, Op. 65 7'39
06 a. Män från slätten och havet (Men from Land and Sea) (1911) 5'22
07 b. Kellosävel Kallion kirkossa (The Bells of Kallio Church) (1912) 2'17
 
08 Uusmaalaisten laulu, JS 214a (1912) (Song of the People of Uusimaa) 2'15
 
  Three Songs for American Schools, JS 199 (1913) 2'39
09 1. Autumn Song 0'54
10 2. The Sun upon the Lake Is Low 0'44
11 3. A Cavalry Catch 1'01
 
12 Drömmarna, JS 64 (1917) (The Dreams) 1'27
 
13 Partiolaisten marssi, Op. 91b (1918, rev. 1921) (Scout March) 2'34
 
14 Koulutie, JS 112 (1924) (The Way to School) 4'41
 
15 Skolsång, JS 172 (1925) (School Song) 1'02
 
16 Den höga himlen, JS58a (1927) (The Lofty Heav’n) 2'43
 
17 On lapsonen syntynyt meille, JS 142 (1929) (A Child is Born Unto Us) 2'52
 
18 Finlandia Hymn from Op. 26 (1899, arr. 1948) 2'04
 
19 Vi kysser du fader min fästmö här? JS 218 (Why, O Father, do you Kiss my Bride?) 2'07
 
  Carminalia, JS 51c 2'25
20 I. Ecce novum gaudium(Behold a New Joy). Moderato 1'05
21 II. Angelus emittitur (An Angel is Sent Out). Lento 0'37
22 III. In stadio laboris (In Athletic Strife). Come marcia 0'43
 
23 Kotikaipaus, JS 111 (Homesickness) 1'46
 
24 Impromptu, Op.19 7'04
 
25 Kansakoululaisten marssi, JS 103 (1910) (March of the Primary School Children) 1'47
 
26 Kantat till ord av W. von Konow, JS 107 (1911) (Cantata to Words by W. von Konow) 2'59
 
27 Aamusumussa, JS 9b (In the Morning Mist) 1'35
 
28 Terve ruhtinatar (Hail, O Princess) 1'18
 
29 Nejden andas (The Landscape Breathes) 0'39
 
30 Soi kunniaksi Luojan (May the Hymn of Honour Now Resound) 1'30
 
  Two Christmas Songs from Op. 1 4'30
31 No. 4. Giv mig ej glans, ej guld, ej prakt (Give me no Splendour, Gold or Pomp) 2'16
32 No. 5. On hanget korkeat, nietokset (High are the Snowdrifts) (1901 arr. 1942) 2'14
 
33 The World Song of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Op. 91b (1918, arr. /rev. 1921 & 1951/52) 1'51
 
 
Disc 5
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Chorales written for Martin Wegelius in Helsinki (1887–89) 15'16
01 Säll är den som fruktar Herren (Blessed is the Man that Feareth the Lord) 1'02
02 Svara mig Gud när jag ropar (O Lord, Give Ear to my Supplications) 1'16
03 Allt vad anda haver (Let Every Thing that hath Breath) Version I 1'04
04 Allt vad anda haver (Let Every Thing that hath Breath) Version II 1'11
05 Credo in unum Deum (I Believe in One God) Version I 0'52
06 Credo in unum Deum (I Believe in One God) Version II 0'54
07 Gloria Deo in excelsis (Glory Be to God on High) 1'14
08 Gloria in excelsis Deo (Glory Be to God on High) 1'06
09 Kyrie eleison (Lord, Have Mercy) 1'36
10 Morgonens och aftonens portar (The Gates of Morning and Evening) 5'01
 
  Chorales written for Albert Becker in Berlin (1889–90) 12'13
11 Der König träumte (The King Saw a Dream) 3'08
12 Der Mensch ist in seinem Leben wie Gras (As for Man, his Days are as Grass) 1'46
13 Dies ist der Tag des Herren (This is the Day which the Lord Hath Made) 1'52
14 Sende dein Licht und deine Wahrheit (O Send out thy Light and thy Truth) 0'47
15 Ich gehe hinein zum Altar des Gottes (Then Will I Go unto the Altar of God) 0'51
16 Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele (Why art thou Cast Down, O my soul?) 0'59
17 Gelobet sei dem Herrn (May the Lord be Praised) 0'31
18 Halleluja, Halleluja (Alleluia, Alleluia) 1'45
19 Halleluja! Amen 0'34
 
20 Die Wasser sahen dich (The Waters Saw Thee) 2'45
 
21 Die Toten werden dich, Herr, nicht loben (The Dead Praise Not the Lord) 1'07
 
22 [Gott] Sei mir gnädig (Be Merciful unto Me) Version I 1'41
 
23 [Gott] Sei mir gnädig (Be Merciful unto Me) Version II 1'31
 
24 Er ist unser Herrscher (He is our Sovereign) Version I 2'51
 
25 Er ist unser Herrscher (He is our Sovereign) Version II 2'42
 
26 Er ist unser Herrscher (He is our Sovereign) Version III 2'32
 
27 Herr Gott, mein Heiland (O Lord God of my Salvation) Version I 1'05
 
28 Herr Gott, mein Heiland (O Lord God of my Salvation) Version II 0'51
 
29 Herr Gott, mein Heiland (O Lord God of my Salvation) Version III 3'22
 
30 Herr Gott, mein Heiland (O Lord God of my Salvation) Version IV 3'12
 
31 Ich will deines Namens gedenken (I Will Make Thy Name to be Remembered) 3'16
 
32 Mein Herr, ich rufe dich an (My Lord, I Call Upon You) Version I 2'26
 
33 Mein Herr, ich rufe dich an (My Lord, I Call Upon You) Version II 2'37
 
34 Herr, du bist ein Fels (Lord, You are a Rock) 2'00
 
 
Disc 6
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Kantaatti tohtorin- ja maisterinvihkijäisissä 31 [30]
päivänä toukokuuta 1897, JS 106 (Cantata for the
University Graduation Ceremonies of 1897)
39'01
01 I. Me nuoriso Suomen (We, the Youth of Finland). Allegro moderato 3'11
02 II. Veno kupliksi vesille (A Boat Bubbling in the Water) 1'56
03 III. Tää valon nuori vartiasto 2'18
04 IV. Soma on tieto siemeniksi 2'26
05 V. Hei tointa tarmosaapa tarvitaan 2'02
06 VI. …hylyksi jouda 0'40
07 VII. Oi toivo, toivo, sä lietomieli (O Hope, Hope, You Dreamer) 1'24
08 VIII. Montapa elon merellä (Many on the Sea of Life) 3'38
09 IX. …Suvi nyt on Suomessa (…Now it is Summer in Finland) 1'05
10 X. Soi kiitokseksi Luojan (We Praise Thee, our Creator) 5'42
11 XI. Yksin on elo iloton (Alone, Life is Cheerless) 2'16
12 XII. Oi Lempi, sun valtas ääretön on (O Love, Your Realm is Limitless) 4'44
13 XIII. Kuin virta vuolas (As the Swift Current) 2'45
14 XIV. Sitä kuusta kuuleminen 4'54
 
15 Hymn (Natus in curas), Op. 21 3'55
 
  Carminalia, JS 51b (1898) 2'38
16 I. Ecce novum gaudium(Behold a New Joy). Moderato 1'16
17 II. Angelus emittitur (An Angel is Sent Out). Lento 0'34
18 III. In stadio laboris (In Athletic Strife). Moderato 0'48
 
19 Isänmaalle, JS98b (To the Fatherland) 1'47
 
20 Athenarnes sång, Op. 31 No. 3 (Song of the Athenians) 2'04
 
21 Impromptu, Op.19 (1902) 5'19
 
22 Har du mod? Op. 31 No.2 (Have You Courage?) 1'35
 
23 Ej med klagan, JS 69 (1905) (Not with Lamentation) 1'28
 
24 Nejden andas (The Landscape Breathes) 0'38
 
25 Till havs, Op. 84 No. 5 (To Sea) – preliminary version (1917) 1'59
 
26 Giv mig ej glans, ej guld, ej prakt (Give me no Splendour, Gold or Pomp) (1909) Version for three-part boys’ choir (arr. 1954) 2'37
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
27 Giv mig ej glans, ej guld, ej prakt (Give me no Splendour, Gold or Pomp) (1909) Version for female choir [SSAA] and soprano (arr. 1942) 2'23
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
28 Giv mig ej glans, ej guld, ej prakt (Give me no Splendour, Gold or Pomp) (1909) Version for female choir [SMA] and soprano (arr. 1942) 2'18
 
29 Suur’ olet, Herra, JS58b (1927, rev. 1945) (You are Great, O Lord) 3'06
 
30 Finlandia Hymn from Op. 26 Version for male choir voice choir (1899, arr. 1938) 2'02
 
31 Finlandia Hymn from Op. 26 Version in A flat major for mixed choir (1899, arr. 1948) 2'08
 
  Album total 437'34
ComposerSibelius, Jean
ChoirAkademiska Sångföreningen
Dominante Choir
Ekenäs gosskör
Florakören
Gosskör från Lilla Akademien
Helsingfors gosskör
Jubilate Choir
Minervaskolans musikklasskör
Orphei Drängar
YL Male Voice Choir
ConductorHyökki, Matti
Langbacka, Ulf
Lundblad, David
Murto, Seppo
Riska, Astrid
Sund, Robert
Wikström, Henrik
PianoDjupsjöbacka, Gustav
Gräsbeck, Folke
BaritoneHynninen, Jorma
Laukka, Raimo
Persson, Olle
Tiilikainen, Sauli
TenorNyman, Tom
Pohjonen, Mika
Mezzo-sopranoGroop, Monica
SopranoJuntunen, Helena
Lilius, Sirpa
OrganGustafsson, Kaj-Erik
Viitanen, Harri

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