Seriously Sibelius


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Seriously Sibelius



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2nd Oct 2006




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Seriously Sibelius


In memoriam, Op. 59 - Trauermarsch für Orchester

(1909 and 1910 versions)

Earnest Melodies (2) for violin or cello & orchestra, Op. 77

Presto in D major for string orchestra

Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: The Swan of Tuonela (No. 2)

(reconstructed 1896 version, based on the performing edition by Colin Davis [2004])

Two Humoresques Op. 87

(No. 1 - first version)

Three Pieces, Op. 96



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Jean Sibelius: In memoriam, Op. 59

In memoriam, Op. 59 (1st version 1909)

Jean Sibelius: 2 Pieces, Op. 77

No. 1. Cantique (Laetare anima mea): Moderato assai

No. 2. Devotion (Ab imo pectore): Tempo molto moderato

Jean Sibelius: String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 4 (arr. for orchestra)

String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 4: III. Scherzo: Presto (arr. for string orchestra)

Jean Sibelius: Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22

Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22: III. Lemminkainen in Tuonela (reconstructed 1896 version)

Jean Sibelius: Humoresques, Op. 87

Humoresque No. 1 in D minor, Op. 87, No. 1 (1st version 1917)

Jean Sibelius: 3 Pieces, Op. 96

No. 1. Valse lyrique, Op. 96a

No. 2. Autrefois, Op. 96b

No. 3. Valse chevaleresque, Op. 96c

In memoriam, Op. 59

In memoriam, Op. 59 (revised version 1910)

BBC Music Magazine

November 2006


“Another Sibelius CD of exceptional interest and fascination from Lahti and Osmo Vänskä in the BIS complete survey. Impressive playing throughout an excellent recording.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“The centrepiece of this fine collection is a reconstruction of Lemminkäinen in Tuonela as it sounded at the April 1896 Helsinki premiere.
When Sibelius reworked the score in 1939, he excised at least 108 bars, including an impressive 32-bar introduction and a hefty chunk of the ghostly A minor central episode.
Annotator Andrew Barnett tells us that the Op 77 Two Serious Melodies, for violin and orchestra, were first heard in March 1916 in Sibelius's arrangement for cello. Soloist Marko Ylönen is a rapt proponent of this headily lovely diptych, while the Lahti SO's leader Jaakko Kuusisto is a model of sensitive agility in the first version (from 1917) of the enchanting Humoresque No 1 in D minor.
The Three Pieces contain a fetching 18th-century pastiche, 'Autrefois', which incorporates a setting for soprano and contralto of a poem by Hjalmar Procopé. Bookending the programme are the original and revised versions (from 1909 and 1910 respectively) of the funeral march In memoriam, a stark yet noble (and at times intriguingly Mahlerian) processional to remind us that the uncompromising Fourth Symphony was not far off.
Vänskä and his bright-eyed Lahti band are on irreproachable form, and the BIS production crews have come up trumps once again with resplendently natural sound.”

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