Sibelius - Tone Poems

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Sibelius - Tone Poems

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2002

Label:

BIS

Catalogue No:

BISCD1225
(BIS-CD-1225)

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st April 2002

Barcode:

7318590012253

Length:

75 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Sibelius - Tone Poems


Sibelius:

En Saga, Op. 9

The Dryad, Op. 45 No. 1

Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49

Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55

The Oceanides, Op. 73


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Jean Sibelius: En saga, Op. 9

En Saga, Op. 9

Jean Sibelius: The Dryad, Op. 45, No. 1

The Dryad, Op. 45, No. 1

Jean Sibelius: Dance Intermezzo, Op. 45, No. 2

Dance-Intermezzo, Op. 45, No. 2

Jean Sibelius: Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49

Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49

Jean Sibelius: Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55

Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55

Jean Sibelius: Barden (The Bard), Op. 64

The Bard, Op. 64

Jean Sibelius: The Oceanides, Op. 73

The Oceanides, Op. 73

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Anyone who has already encountered the Lahti/Vänskä partnership in Sibelius will know to expect performances of great vitality and freshness. And the expectation is fully met – perhaps even surpassed; in these tone poems he simply allows his profound grasp of musical inner workings to dictate the course of events. The trenchant Lahti strings, the ecstatically floating woodwind and the rasping brass all play their part. But while their contributions are gripping in their own right, they're the more impressive for being so precisely placed at the service of the music's larger-scale unfolding.
Each of the longer works feels as though composer and performers alike have imagined them in one huge mental breath. Vänskä knows exactly when and how much to hold back, when to push on, and, crucially, when simply to stand back and let the music tick over to the beat of some higher rhythm. The same sense of inevitability informs the more compact masterpieces – The Dryad and the extraordinarily cryptic The Bard. Only the Dance-Intermezzo, companion piece to The Dryad, is in any way negligible.
All the other tone poems have been recorded many times over, but rarely with such a consistent feeling of idiomatic rightness. (Vänskä himself has recorded the 1892 original version of En Saga as well – coupled with the original Fifth Symphony on a Gramophone Award-winning set, reviewed under Symphony No 5 – and a fascinating contrast it makes with the more compact 1902 revision offered here.) BIS's recording is of demonstration quality. An outstanding release.”

bbc.co.uk

John Armstrong

20th November 2002

“Vänskä and his orchestra are utterly at home with the scores, but never routine or matter of fact. From the poignant harp chords that begin The Bard to the restless Night Ride and Sunrise every gesture counts, and every sound is beautifully caught...this latest offering from BIS is brilliant, one of the best recordings of Sibelius I've heard for a long time.”

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