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The Sibelius Edition Vol.6 - Violin & Piano

Composer Jean Sibelius
Performer Bengt Forsberg
Folke Gräsbeck
Jaakko Kuusisto
Madoka Sato
Nils-Erik Sparf
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1915 CD
EAN 7318591915171
Format CD  –  5 discs
Release date Sep 2008
Total time 363'22

5 CDs for the price of 3

The sixth volume in the BIS SIBELIUS EDITION focuses on the composer’s music for violin and piano (and also includes the few works for solo violin). The violin was in fact the composer’s way into music, and during his early youth his main ambition was to become a concert violinist. It is therefore not surprising that, throughout his life, he wrote a number of works for the instrument, including sonatas and suites as well as collections of shorter pieces and independent miniatures. More surprising is how little known Sibelius’s music for violin is – with the shining exception of the violin concerto, of course.

Lovers of that particular work will be pleased to find it included in this set, too, performed with the piano part that the composer himself prepared for publication. (It is a fact that Sibelius made piano transcriptions of many major orchestral works, in which the piano writing is often virtuosic and is clearly designed to be effective in performance.) Sibelius’s transcription of the definitive version is complemented here by the world première recording of a partially reconstructed version for violin and piano of the original 1903–04 score. This is only the second time the original version of the violin concerto has been recorded – the first recording being Leonidas Kavakos’ and Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s pioneering account of it on BIS-CD-500. On the present recording it is the Japanese violinist Madoka Sato (a 1995 prizewinner of the International Sibelius Violin Competition) who takes on the daunting task of performing the work with piano, with the formidable support of Sibelius expert Folke Gräsbeck.

Madoka Sato can also be heard in the other world première recordings included in this volume, while the remaining works are shared by two teams: Jaakko Kuusisto and Folke Gräsbeck concentrating on the youthful works, and Nils-Erik Sparf and Bengt Forsberg appearing mainly in the published pieces. Their performances were highly praised at the time of the release of the original discs, as shown by the following quotes: ‘The soloists, violinist Kuusisto and pianist Gräsbeck, display consummate expertise as partners as well as in their individual expressions’ (Classics Today.com) and ‘Sparf is highly sensitive and imaginative, and he and his accomplished partner make the most of the opportunities this repertoire provides’ (Gramophone).
 
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Disc 1
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Sonata in A minor, JS177 15'36
01 I. Un poco lento – Più mosso quasi presto 5'50
02 II. Andantino 3'21
03 III. Tempo di Menuetto 2'18
04 IV. Rondo. Presto 4'07
 
05 Andante grazioso in D major, JS35 2'57
 
06 Sonata [movement] in D major (1885) 9'22
 
07 [Moderato] – Presto – [Tempo I] in A minor 4'37
 
08 [Menuetto] in D minor (1886) 1'35
 
09 [Menuetto] in E minor, JS67 3'59
 
10 [Andantino] in A minor, JS8 3'32
 
  [Five Pieces] 13'19
11 [Allegretto] in G major, JS86 (revised version) 3'33
12 [Tempo di valse] in B minor, JS89 [completed by Jaakko Kuusisto] 3'39
13 [Mazurka] in A major, JS4 0'41
14 [Andante molto] in C major, JS49 3'46
15 [Aubade] in A major, JS3 1'40
 
16 [Scherzino] in F major, JS78 0'56
 
17 [Andante elegiaco] in F sharp minor (1887) 2'56
 
18 Andante cantabile in G major, JS33 2'31
 
19 [Sonata Allegro Exposition] in B minor, JS90 3'23
 
  Suite in D minor, JS187 9'13
20 I. Un poco adagio – Andante 2'13
21 II. Vivace 1'38
22 III. Andantino 1'11
23 IV. Vivacissimo 0'58
24 V. Moderato 0'48
25 VI. Quasi presto 2'25
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Jean Sibelius
  [Two Pieces] 6'11
01 Moderato – Maestoso in E flat major, JS132 2'22
02 [Interludium and Maestoso] in C minor (1887–88) 1'00
03 [Lento] in E flat minor, JS76 1'51
04 Allegretto in E flat major, JS22 0'58
 
05 Allegretto in C major, JS19 1'15
 
06 [Tempo di valse] in A major (1888) 0'34
 
  Suite in E major, JS188 17'21
07 I. Allegro molto moderato – quasi adagio 6'37
08 II. Allegro molto 1'35
09 III. Più lento quasi andantino 3'38
10 IV. Allegro brillante 5'31
 
11 Allegro [Sonata Exposition] in A minor, JS26 4'36
 
12 [Larghetto, Fragment] in D minor (1889) 0'46
 
  Sonata in F major, JS178 24'58
13 I. [Allegro] 11'09
14 II. Andante 5'57
15 III. Vivace 7'52
 
16 [Largamente, Fragment] in E minor (1889–91) 2'00
 
17 [Adagio] in D minor (1890) 1'09
 
18 [Grave, Fragment] in D minor (1891–94) 1'34
 
  Two Pieces, Op.2 (revised versions · 1911) 5'43
19 I. Romance in B minor. Grave 3'06
20 II. Epilogue. Allegro 2'37
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra (Original
version. Transcription for violin and piano by the composer)
38'46
01 I. Allegro moderato 20'38
02 II. Adagio di molto 8'27
03 III. Allegro (ma non tanto) 9'41
 
  Concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra (Final version.
Transcription for violin and piano by the composer)
32'20
04 I. Allegro moderato 16'28
05 II. Adagio di molto 7'55
06 III. Allegro 7'57
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Jean Sibelius
01 Scène d’amour (1913, arr. 1925) 6'10
 
  Two Serious Melodies, Op.77 8'24
02 I. Cantique (Laetare anima mea) (1914) 5'23
03 II. Devotion (Ab imo pectore) (1915) 3'01
 
  Four Pieces, Op.78 10'54
04 I. Impromptu 1'40
05 II. Romance in F major (revised version · 1915) 3'22
06 III. Religioso 4'00
07 IV. Rigaudon 1'52
 
  Six Pieces, Op.79 18'55
08 I. Souvenir 4'54
09 II. Tempo di Menuetto 3'22
10 III. Danse caractéristique 2'30
11 IV. Sérénade 3'12
12 V. Tanz-Idylle 2'36
13 VI. Berceuse 2'21
 
14 [Andante sostenuto] in E major (1915?) 1'16
 
  Sonatina in E major, Op.80 11'38
15 I. Lento – Allegro 3'49
16 II. Andantino 3'51
17 III. Lento – Allegretto 3'58
 
  Five Pieces, Op.81 14'06
18 I. Mazurka 2'15
19 II. Rondino 1'51
20 III. Valse 3'03
21 IV. Aubade 3'02
22 V. Menuetto 3'55
 
23 Novellette, Op.102 2'39
 
 
Disc 5
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Danses champêtres, Op.106 15'56
01 I. Largamente assai – Vivace 4'11
02 II. Alla polacca 2'00
03 III. Tempo moderato 3'53
04 IV. Tempo di menuetto 2'55
05 V. Poco moderato – Allegretto 2'57
 
  Four Pieces, Op.115 9'50
06 I. Auf der Heide. Andantino 2'21
07 II. Ballade. Allegro moderato 3'54
08 III. Humoresque. Tranquillo – Allegretto 2'15
09 IV. Die Glocken (Capriccietto). Presto 1'20
 
  Three Pieces, Op.116 9'06
10 I. Scène de danse. Tempo moderato 2'06
11 II. Danse caractéristique. Tempo moderato 2'40
12 III. Rondeau romantique. Largamente – Tempo commodo 4'20
 
13 [Mazurka] in C major (1883) 0'44
 
14 Impromptu in G minor (1884) 0'57
 
15 [Étude] in D major, JS55 4'29
 
16 [Allegretto] in A major (1891–94) 0'46
 
17 En glad musikant (A Happy Musician), JS70 1'50
 
18 [Allegretto] in G major (preliminary version · 1886–87) 3'49
 
  Two Pieces, Op. 2 (original versions) 4'41
19 I. Romance in B minor (1890). Grave 3'11
20 II. Perpetuum mobile (1891). Vivace 1'30
 
21 Romance in F major, Op. 78 No. 2 (preliminary version 1915) 2'54
 
  From Concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra: 7'37
22 1905 version / First movement – before bars 420–28 0'23
23 1905 version / First movement – bars 75–99 1'19
24 Second movement – bars 1–31 2'52
25 1904 version / Second movement – bars 57–70 1'36
26 1905 version / Second movement – bars 30–36 0'48
27 1904 version / Third movement – bars 168–88 0'39
 
  Album total 363'22
ComposerSibelius, Jean
ViolinKuusisto, Jaakko
Sato, Madoka
Sparf, Nils-Erik
PianoForsberg, Bengt
Gräsbeck, Folke

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