Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 & Sibelius: Finlandia

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 & Sibelius: Finlandia


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Sibelius:

Finlandia, Op. 26


Chineke! Orchestra, Kevin John Edusei

Read our exclusive interview with Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, founder of Chineke!, about the recording here.

Signum are proud to present the debut recording from the Chineke! Orchestra, in a new live orchestral recording from The Royal Festival Hall, London. Drawn from exceptional musicians from across the continent, the orchestra is part of the Chineke! Foundation – a non-profit organisation that provides career opportunities to young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Their motto is ‘Championing Change and Celebrating Diversity in Classical Music.The orchestra is the brainchild of Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, FRAM, who describes the project’s aim as being “... to create a space where BME musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong, in every sense of the word. If even one BME child feels that their colour is getting in the way of their musical ambitions, then I hope to inspire them, give them a platform, and show them that music, of whatever kind, is for all people.”In this first relesase in a new series, Chineke! orchestra perform two beguiling works – Sibelius’s Finlandia and Dvořák’s much loved Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’. Both pieces encompass different aspects of BME influences in Western Classical music: Sibelius’s Finlandia embodied a national sentiment in both the composer’s homeland of Finland as well as for other small nations seeking to free themselves from subjugation from other countries (becoming the national anthem of Biafra during the civil war of 1967-1970), and although underplayed by critics at the time, Dvorak’s work rings with melodies influenced by the folk music and spirituals sung to him by his African-American student and assistant, Harry Burleigh, and with rhythms and pentatonic sections inspired by the music of the Sioux Indians, all wrapped up in the format of a Western Classical symphony.

“Although the ensemble sound is still taking shape (these things take years to percolate) what is missing in depth and burnish is compensated for in care and dynamism, in the lissom quality of quiet passages, in the tasteful restraint that keeps Finlandia unsentimental and gives the Dvořák a taut, explosive energy.” The Guardian, 6th July 2017 ****

“two old favourites are performed with real fire and finesse by Chineke! on a recording that is a little dry and boxy, but captures the impact of the playing...there’s a ferocious growl to the brass sound and some silky string timbres to enjoy.” The Times, 7th July 2017 ***

“These performances are impressive. Ensemble is notably precise in Sibelius’s Finlandia, where the stern brass section and the tension of the strings provides the bedrock for a dynamic and highly motivated account. Individual wind soloists shine out in the Dvorak, notably Titus Underwood’s finely shaped cor anglais solo in the Largo, while the orchestra’s perception of the music’s charm and vivacity demonstrates a keen sense of character” BBC Music Magazine, September 2017 ****

“After ponderous opening cello phrases, Kevin John Edusei conducts a fresh, lively account, full of sunshine. Ensemble is impressive, given the orchestral players have little experience playing as a unit … Titus Underwood’s cor anglais solo unfolds with natural tenderness and poise. Edusei keeps the Scherzo bubbling along nicely before a speedy, exuberant finale. This isn’t a performance to hold up against a Kubelík or an Ančerl favourite recording but that would be to miss the point. This is a bold statement of intent from an exciting ensemble. It would be great to hear Chineke! champion composers such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2017

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Finland: Choral Works

Finland: Choral Works


Linkola:

Mieliteko

Rautavaara:

Canticum Mariae virginis

Canción de nuestro tiempo - Song of Our Time

Orpheus singt

Saariaho:

Nuits, adieux

Sibelius:

Rakastava, JS160c (text: Kanteletar)

Finlandia, Op. 26

Talvitie:

Kuun kirje


Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Marcus Creed

The latest instalment in Vokalensemble Stuttgart's series dedicated to choral works from different countries.

The Vokalensemble Stuttgart is among the world’s best choirs and is especially noted for its performances of 20th-century music.

Marcus Creed ranks as one of the best choir conductors worldwide.

Attractive programme with works by both famous and lesser-known Finnish composers.

A particular highlight is Sibelius‘ Finlandia in a version for choir.

“A sort of potted history of Finland’s choral music since 1917. From Sibelius’s Finlandia to Saarariaho’s extended vocal technique, the SWR vocal Ensemble excel.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 *****

“A virtual primer of modern Finnish choral music, sweetened with a lovely version of Finlandia right at the close….The SWR ensemble is always impeccably judged, delivering performances with weight and presence but also a great deal of individual detail.” Choir & Organ, May 2017 ****

“[Orpheus singt] is sung with the exceptional combination of clarity and weight that marks out this ensemble, while Rautavaara’s Canticum Mariae virginis underlines their tuning prowess and agility” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

“Overall, there is much to enjoy in the variety of the music and to praise in the performances of the choir on this CD.” MusicWeb International, 17th April 2017

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Sibelius: Popular Tone Poems

Sibelius: Popular Tone Poems


Sibelius:

Finlandia, Op. 26

En Saga, Op. 9

Tapiola, Op. 112

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


“Karajan is a great master,” wrote Jean Sibelius in 1955. These spellbinding interpretations of tone poems and other shorter pieces by Sibelius date from the early 1980s, when Karajan had been conducting his music for more than 40 years. “He is a composer who cannot really be compared to anyone else,” said Karajan, who, with the magnificent Berlin Philharmonic, probes the music’s mysteries and releases its haunting and noble sonorities.

Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 2434768462

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Grieg & Sibelius Favourites ‘From Fjord & Forest’

Grieg & Sibelius Favourites ‘From Fjord & Forest’


Grieg:

Lyric Pieces Op. 65: No. 6 - Wedding Day at Troldhaugen

Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34

Nordic Melodies Op. 63: Cow-Call, Dance

Holberg Suite, Op. 40: excerpts

1st movement

Peer Gynt: Morning

Peer Gynt: Anitra's Dance

In the Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)

Sibelius:

Karelia Suite Op. 11: Intermezzo

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

Finlandia, Op. 26

Pelléas and Mélisande Suite, Op. 46 (excerpts)

King Kristian II, incidental music, Op. 27: Musette

King Kristian II, incidental music, Op. 27: Elegie

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1


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Eugene Ormandy conducts Sibelius & Grieg

Eugene Ormandy conducts Sibelius & Grieg


Grieg:

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

Sibelius:

Finlandia, Op. 26

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

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

En Saga, Op. 9


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Sir Alexander Gibson conducts Sibelius

Sir Alexander Gibson conducts Sibelius


Sibelius:

Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

Karelia Suite, Op. 11

Christine Pendrill (cor anglais)

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

Christine Pendrill (cor anglais)

Finlandia, Op. 26


“Gibson was a much under-recorded conductor, so this reissue of his tight-reined, yet sweepingly intense way with early Sibelius is especially welcome. The RPO responds to him in classy style.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2011 ****

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Bonbons for Organ 2

Bonbons for Organ 2


Bach, J S:

Organ Concerto in G major (after Johann Ernst), BWV592

Callaerts:

Toccata in E minor Op. 29 No. 1

Grison:

Toccata in F major

Langlais:

Cats

Lefebure-Wely:

Sortie in B flat major

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: L'éléphant

Satie:

Gymnopédie No. 1

Sibelius:

Finlandia, Op. 26

Humoresque L'Organo Primitivo

Sousa:

The Liberty Bell

Spicer:

Kiwi Fireworks (Variations on God defend New Zealand)

Walton:

Popular Song from 'Façade'

Woods, J:

New Zealand National Anthem


Martin Setchell (Rieger organ of Christchurch Town Hall)

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Sibelius: Finlandia, Karelia Suite, Tapiola, Valse triste & other orchestral works

Sibelius: Finlandia, Karelia Suite, Tapiola, Valse triste & other orchestral works


Sibelius:

Finlandia, Op. 26

Karelia Suite, Op. 11

Tapiola, Op. 112

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

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

Festivo (No. 3 from Scènes historiques I, Op.25)


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Sibelius: En Saga, Tapiola & other orchestral works

Sibelius: En Saga, Tapiola & other orchestral works


Sibelius:

En Saga, Op. 9

Tapiola, Op. 112

Finlandia, Op. 26

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Jan Damen (violin)

Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22


Concertgebouw Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum, Thomas Jansen

Eduard van Beinum was quite a Sibelius pioneer and collected here are his complete Sibelius recordings for Decca and Philips. The set also marks the first appearance on CD of his Violin Concerto in a 1952 performance by Jan Damen (a former leader of the Concertgebouw) and the London Philharmonic. A collector's haven, this 2CD set is completed with Thomas Jensen's 1953 recording of the Four Legends, an absolute rarity, played with tremendous energy and spirit.

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Finlandia

Finlandia


Sibelius:

Karelia Suite, Op. 11

Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Tapiola, Op. 112

Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

En Saga, Op. 9

Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Horst Stein

Four Legends from the Kalevala

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Horst Stein

Finlandia, Op. 26

Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Luonnotar, Op. 70 (Text: Kalevala)

Elisabeth Söderström (soprano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Horst Stein


“Ashkenazy makes a superb job of Finlandia, which boasts some of the most vibrant, powerful brass sounds on disc.
More than 30 years separate En Saga and Tapiola, yet both works are quintessential Sibelius.
The latter is often praised for the way Sibelius avoided 'exotic' instruments, preferring instead to draw new and inhuman sounds from the more standard ones; and the former is, in many ways, just as striking in the way the orchestration evokes wind, strange lights, vast expanses and solitude. Both works suggest a dream-like journey: En Saga non-specific, though derived from Nordic legend; Tapiola more of an airborne nightmare in, above and around the mighty giants of the Northern forests inhabited by the Green Man of the Kalevala, the forest god Tapio (the final amen of slow, bright major chords brings a blessed release!). Ashkenazy's judgement of long-term pacing is very acute; the silences and shadows are as potent here as the wildest hurricane. And Decca's sound allows you to visualise both the wood and the trees; every detail of Sibelius's sound world is caught with uncanny presence, yet the overall orchestral image is coherent and natural.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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