This page lists all recordings of Karelia Overture, Op. 10, by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.
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The second volume of Anthony Collins's Sibelius cycle for Decca, expertly remastered for this reissue, brings the final three symphonies plus all the shorter works of Sibelius from Collins. As a bonus, Thomas Jensen's Karelia Suite, trim, taut and vivid, brings the set to a blazing finish
“I think the star performance is that of the Sixth Symphony - so elusive, so easy to ruin by over-interpreting. I was fascinated by what seemed like a hint of Russian flavouring in the string chants of the coda - well why not?” Gramophone Magazine
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Sibelius: Violin Concerto & Finlandia
“Masur and Zehetmair turn in some bold performances, a likeable if rather frosty Concerto and well-played orchestral pieces.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 ****
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Collins Sibelius Cycle Box
Recorded between 1952 and 1955 the Hastings born Anthony Collins takes the London Symphony Orchestra on a journey through all seven symphonies. At times you can sense the orchestra are on the edge of their seats.
“Collins was in some ways the ideal recording conductor, for he could combine an unerring sense of style with a natural gift for spontaneity. These authoritative accounts at bargain price have a prized and special place in the Sibelius discography.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2006 ****
“A disappointingly tentative, undermotivated Fourth aside, Collins's readings possess a red-blooded fervour and thrusting energy to which many will rightly respond.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2006
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The Sibelius Edition Volume 8 - Orchestral Music
Overture in E major, JS145
Scène de ballet, JS163
completed and reconstructed by Kalevi Aho
Karelia Overture, Op. 10
Karelia Suite, Op. 11
Impromptu for string orchestra
Presto in D major for string orchestra
Press Celebrations Music
Coronation Cantata, JS104
Porilaisten marssi, JS152
Overture in A minor, JS144
Romance in C major for strings, Op. 42
Pan and Echo, Op. 53
The Countess's Portrait (Grevinnans konterfej)
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Rakastava, Op. 14, for strings & percussion
Fragments from a Suite for Orchestra (Predecessor of The Oceanides)
Two Serenades, Op. 69 for violin and orchestra
Earnest Melodies (2) for violin or cello & orchestra, Op. 77
Six Humoresques, Op. 87 and Op. 89 for violin and orchestra
Academic March (1919)
March of the Finnish Jaeger Battalion, Op. 91a
Three Pieces, Op. 96
Suite mignonne, Op. 98a
Suite champêtre, Op. 98b
Suite caractéristique, Op. 100
Morceau Romantique sur un motif de M. Jacob de Julin
Suite for Violin & Strings Op. 117
Andante festivo, JS34b
Processional (‘Onward, Ye Peoples'), Op. 113 No. 6
Includes previously unreleased recordings with Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä:
Karelia Suite, Op.11; Romance in C major for string orchestra, Op.42; March of the Finnish Jäger Battalion, Op.91a; Suite mignonne, Op.98a; Suite champêtre, Op.98b; Suite caractéristique, Op.100; Autrefois from Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op.96; Menuetto, JS127
Also includes the following world première recordings:
Processional, Op.113 No.6; Rakastava, Op.14; Tableaux 7/8 from Karelia, JS115, with simplified version of Tableau 7; Impromptu for string orchestra
This instalment returns to the field in which the Finnish master has earned the greatest acclaim. Sibelius himself is reported to have said: ‘I am a man of the orchestra. You must judge me from my orchestral works.’ This disc includes some of Sibelius’s best-known works (the Violin Concerto in Leonidas Kavakos’ award-winning recording and the Karelia Suite newly recorded by Osmo Vänskä to name but two) to rarities such as an early version of Rakastava never previously on disc.
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