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Sibelius - Complete Piano Trios, Vol.2

Composer Jean Sibelius
Performer Folke Gräsbeck
Jaakko Kuusisto
Marko Ylönen
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1292 CD
EAN 7318590012925
Format CD
Release date Mar 2004
Total time 66'39

Gramophone: outstanding.

This, the second volume of Sibelius’s works for piano trios, consists of almost entirely world première recordings – as is almost becoming the rule for a BIS/Sibelis release! The present works are all from 1887 - c. 1895 and follow chronologically upon the first volume (BIS-CD-1282). Together the two discs present the composer’s complete output in this genre

On Volume 2, the only piece previously recorded is the Lovisa Trio, a bright, sunny and optimistic work – characteristics which may spring from the fact that it was composed by the 23-year old Sibelius in the family’s beloved summer residence in the Finnish town of Lovisa. (It is believed that the family trio – Jean and his siblings Christian and Linda – performed it there in 1888.) But it is possibly another work which will be of even more interest to many. In the words of one Sibelius expert: ‘Of Sibelius’s early chamber pieces, few have a more urgent claim on the repertoire than the great Korpo Trio of 1887.’ This is by far the biggest – and the most substantial - work on this disc (35 min), with a hugely wide emotional range – from the lightly classical to passages reminiscent of Rachmaninov.

The programme concludes with another rarity, though on a smaller scale. It is a march in C major which will surely surprise all Sibelius fans as it shows a completely unexpected side of the composer. In fact, the piece rather leads the mind to Saint-Saëns and Carnival of the Animals than to the creator of brooding masterpieces such as the Lemminkäinen Suite. On this disc is reunited the musicians and producer from the previous volume – a disc of which the reviewer in International Record Review wrote: ‘The performances are alert and intelligent, the recording exemplary and wonderfully present.’
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  Jean Sibelius
  Piano Trio in D major, Korpo, JS 209 35'41
01 I. Allegro moderato 10'50
02 II. Fantasia. Andante - Adagio - Molto adagio - Andantino - Moderato - Andantino (Transition) 15'30
03 III. Finale 9'21
04 Andantino in G minor, JS 43 1'40
05 Allegretto in A flat major 0'46
  Piano Trio in C major, Lovisa, JS 208 15'38
06 I. Allegro 6'57
07 II. Andante - Più lento - Lento 4'04
08 III. Allegro con brio 4'37
09 Allegro in D minor (completed by Kalevi Aho) 6'09
10 Allegretto in E flat major (completed by Jaakko Kuusisto) 1'39
11 Alla marcia in C major 3'21
  Album total 66'39
PianoGrasbeck (Gräsbeck), Folke
ViolinKuusisto, Jaakko
ComposerSibelius, Jean
CelloYlonen (Ylönen), Marko

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