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The Sibelius Edition Vol.13 - Miscellaneous works


5 discs for the price of 3 (four CDs + bonus DVD)
also including:
  • a 60-page index of the works and recordings included in the edition
  • the classic ‘Jean Sibelius at Home’ film (1927/1945) by Aho & Soldan
  • ‘Around Sibelius’ – a disc of music by contemporaries, friends and pupils
  • bonus DVD: ‘Visual Journey to the Music of Jean Sibelius’
The final volume of the BIS Sibelius Edition is released almost exactly four years after the launch of the project in 2007. A main point of interest in this particular instalment – Miscellaneous Works – is the Masonic Ritual Music, Op.113 – here recorded for the first time with the original texts. Sibelius had become a freemason in 1922, soon after the foundation of the first modern Finnish lodge after the Russian ban on freemasonry in 1809. The music – set for tenor, male-voice choir and organ –  was written in response to a request for ‘special, genuinely Finnish music for the lodge’, and for it Sibelius used Finnish texts, including translations from German, Swedish and Chinese. Although the main part of Op.113 was composed in 1927, Sibelius made additions and revisions over the years, and the present performance (which is based on the 1950 edition), thus includes two pieces from 1946 believed to be his last original compositions. Two of the movements in the Masonic Music are for solo organ, and Volume 13 also includes Sibelius remaining solo works for that instrument, such as the striking Surusoitto (‘Mournful Music’) which Sibelius wrote for the 1931 funeral of the painter Gallen-Kallela, a friend of long standing. There are also a number of fragments and sketches included here, for instance of a projected musical adaptation of H.C. Andersen’s tale The Little Mermaid for string quartet and recitation, and a set of brief piano pieces for children. Of particular interest is the more substantial orchestral fragment of a projected tone poem entitled Luonnotar. In 1906 Sibelius had a change of heart, and recomposed much of the material included in the fragment into a new piece, Pohjola’s Daughter. Rounding off the edition on Disc 3 of the four CDs included here is the composer himself, conducting his own Andante festivo in a recording made during a live radio broadcast in 1939. Also on that disc is a video file of the classic ‘Jean Sibelius at Home’ film based on documentary material filmed in 1927 and 1945. As an appendix, a fourth CD contains music by contemporaries, friends and pupils of Sibelius, including Ferruccio Busoni and Robert Kajanus. With this final instalment a separate booklet with the complete index to the recordings and works included in the entire edition is provided, as a key to the 80+ hours of music that form the lifework of Sibelius.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Two Pieces, Op.111 11'42
01 a. Intrada (1925) • single pedal version 5'55
02 b. Surusoitto (1931) • published version 5'47
 
  [Two Pieces], JS153 (1925/26) 6'51
03 1. Preludium 3'31
04 2. Postludium 3'20
 
  Kolme johdantovuorolaulua, JS110 (1925) 5'47
05 1. Palmusunnuntaina (On Palm Sunday) 1'52
06 2. Pyhäinpäivänä tai hautajaisjumalanpalveluksissa (On All Saints’ Day) 2'29
07 3. Kristillisissä nuorisojuhlissa (For Christian Youth Ceremonies) 1'26
 
08 Herran siunaus, JS95 (The Lord’s Blessing) (1925) 2'51
 
  Musique religieuse (Masonic Ritual Music), Op.113 32'54
09 1. Avaushymni (Opening Hymn) (1927, rev. 1948 • version in G major) 2'09
10 2. Alttarin valmistus: Suloinen aate (Adjusting the Altar: Thoughts Be Our Comfort) (1927) 1'47
11 3. I°. Kulkue ja hymni: Näätkö, kuinka hennon yrtin (First Degree. Procession and Hymn: Though Young Leaves Be Green) (1927) 2'49
12 4. III°. Kulkue ja hymni: Ken kyynelin (Third Degree. Procession and Hymn: Who Ne’er Hath Blent His Bread with Tears) (1927) 4'45
13 5. On kaunis maa (How Fair Are Earth and Living!) (1927, rev. 1948) 1'56
14 6. Salem (Onward, Ye Brethren) (1927) 2'46
15 7. II°. Kellä kaipuu rinnassansa (Second Degree: Whosoever Hath a Love) (1927) 2'06
16 8. Veljesvirsi (Ode to Fraternity) (1946) 2'28
17 9. Ylistyshymni (Hymn) (1946, rev. 1948) 2'17
18 10. Marche funèbre (1927) 5'56
19 11. Suur’ olet, Herra (Ode) (1927) 1'51
20 12. Finlandia-hymni (Finlandia Hymn) (1899, arr. 1938) 2'04
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Jean Sibelius
01 Luonnotar – Pohjola’s Daughter, fragment (1905–06) 7'20
 
02 Untitled Fragment in A major (1907–10) 0'47
 
  Den lilla sjöjungfrun, fragment, JS59 (c.1888–89) 10'23
03 Långt ute i havet… Allegro 4'26
04 Hela långa dagen kunde de leka… Vivace – Più lento 2'58
05 Hon var ett underligt barn… Andantino 2'11
06 Ingen längtade så innerligt… Presto 0'48
 
07 Sketch for Kullervo, second movement (29/12/1891) 1'10
08 Sketch for Symphony No.2 in D major, finale (1899) 0'46
09 Sketch for Symphony No.5 in E flat major (22/9/1914) 0'35
 
  Pianokompositioner för barn, JS148 (Piano Works for Children) (1898–99) 7'43
10 1. 0'15
11 2. 0'31
12 3. 0'11
13 4. 0'24
14 5. 0'17
15 6. 0'17
16 7. 0'26
17 8. 0'20
18 9. 0'27
19 10. 0'36
20 11. 0'34
21 12. 0'16
22 13. 0'10
23 14. 0'30
24 15. 0'22
25 16. 0'44
26 17. 0'07
27 18. 0'21
28 19. 0'22
29 20. 0'20
30 30. 0'13
 
  Sketches for Kyllikki, three lyric pieces, Op.41 6'04
31 I. [Largamente – Allegro] (start of movement) 0'55
32 II. [Andantino] 4'11
33 III. [Comodo] (middle section of movement) 0'58
 
  Sketches for Landscape II (1928–29) 2'54
34 First sketch. [No tempo marking] 0'40
35 Second sketch. Andante 2'14
 
36 Sketch for O Herra, Siunaa (probably early 1930s) 1'09
  Four Musical Examples for Organ (23/11/1886) 1'39
37 1. Snabbt [Fast] 0'09
38 2. Mycket långsamt [Very slowly] 0'32
39 3. Moderato 0'25
40 4. Tungt och långsamt [Heavily and slowly] 0'33
 
41 Theme for Improvisation (1933) 0'32
 
  Sketches for Two Pieces, Op.111 2'14
42 a. Intrada (1925) 0'27
43 b. Surusoitto (Mournful Music) (1931) 1'47
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Two Pieces for organ, Op.111 12'22
01 a. Intrada (1925) • double pedal version 6'01
02 b. Surusoitto (Mournful Music) (1931) • manuscript version 6'21
 
  [Two Contrapuntal Exercises] (1889) 4'44
03 Herr, du bist ein Fels (Lord, you are a rock) 1'41
04 Herr, erzeige uns deine Gnade (Lord, show us your mercy) 3'03
 
  Vorschläge für die Glocken [der Kallio-Kirche] (1911) 2'02
05 Version 1 (D flat major). [No tempo marking] 0'58
06 Version 2 (G flat major). [No tempo marking] 1'04
 
07 Kallion kirkon kellosävel, Op.65b/JS102 (The Bells of Kallio Church) (1912) 1'58
 
  Musique religieuse (Masonic Ritual Music), Op.113, Alternative versions 23'04
08 1. Avaushymni (Opening Hymn) (1927 • version in E flat major) 2'26
09 2. Alttarin valmistus: Suloinen aate (Adjusting the Altar: Thoughts Be Our Comfort) (1927) 2'05
10 7. II°. Kulkue [Kellä kaipuu rinnassansa] (Second Degree: Procession [Whosoever Hath a Love]) (1927) 2'23
11 9. Ylistyshymni (Hymn) (first version, 1946) 1'49
12 9. Hymn (1946, revised New York edition 1950) 2'26
13 1. Avaushymni (Opening Hymn) (1927 • version in E flat major) 2'28
14 5. On kaunis maa (How Fair Are Earth and Living!) (1927) 1'56
15 4. Third Degree. Procession and Hymn: Who Ne’er Hath Blent His Bread with Tears 5'03
16 10. Marche funèbre (1927, revised New York edition 1950) 2'28
 
17 Andante festivo, JS34b (1922, orch. 1938) 6'02
 
Disc 4
 
  Robert Kajanus
01 Finnish Rhapsody No.1 in D minor, Op.5 9'26
 
02 Aino, symphonic poem for male chorus and orchestra (1885, rev. c. 1916) 14'26
 
 
  Toivo Kuula
03 Häämarssi (Wedding March) from Three Pieces, Op.3b 4'21
 
04 Tule kanssani (Come With Me), Op.9/3 2'06
 
05 Heijaa, heijaa! (Swing, Swing!), Op.60/1 3'12
 
06 Luulit, ma katselin sua (You Thought I Was Watching You), Op.68/3 2'53
 
07 Lähdettyäs (Since You Left Me), Op.2/1 2'41
 
08 Yrtit tummat (Dark Herbs), Op.9/1 3'09
 
 
  Ferruccio Busoni
  Bagatellen for violin and piano, Op.28 6'12
09 I. Aus der Zopfzeit 1'57
10 II. Kleiner Mohrentanz 0'54
11 III. Wiener Tanzweise 2'25
12 IV. Kosakenritt 0'56
 
 
  Fredrik Pacius
13 Björneborgarnas march (March of the Pori Regement) (arr. 1858) 3'33
 
 
  Armas Jarnefelt (Järnefelt)
  Suite in E flat major (1897) 21'29
14 1. Andantino 4'53
15 2. Adagio quasi andante 6'42
16 3. Presto 3'11
17 4. Lento assai 2'55
18 5. Allegro feroce 3'48
 
19 Berceuse for violin and orchestra (1904) 3'40
 
  Album total 163'05
ComposerBusoni, Ferruccio
Jarnefelt (Järnefelt), Armas
Kajanus, Robert
Kuula, Toivo
Pacius, Fredrik
Sibelius, Jean
OrganViitanen, Harri
TenorJurmu, Hannu
ConductorHyökki, Matti
Kuusisto, Jaakko
Murto, Seppo
Sibelius, Jean
Vanska (Vänskä), Osmo
Wikström, Henrik
YL Male Voice Choir
ChoirAkademiska Sångföreningen
Dominante Choir
YL Male Voice Choir
BaritoneHynninen, Jorma
OrchestraFinnish Radio Orchestra
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
PianoGothóni, Ralf
Grasbeck (Gräsbeck), Folke
Heinonen, Eero
Stott, Kathryn
Viitanen, Harri
String quartetTempera Quartet
RecitationSimberg, Johan
HarmoniumViitanen, Harri
GlockenspielBarnett, Andrew
ViolinEnoksson, Per
Kuusisto, Jaakko
SopranoValjakka, Taru

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