Seriously Sibelius

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
In seeking to record every single piece of music ever written by the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, the great Scandinavian classical label BIS has created a cottage industry for itself. Some of the previously unrecorded works have been revelations -- the original, more expansive "Violin Concerto" and the original, more mysterious "Fifth" were wonderful additions to the Sibelius canon -- but some of the unrecorded works have been of interest only to the most devoted of the composer's fans -- the "March Triste for solo piano" or the "Scout March for full orchestra" add nothing but more notes to Sibelius' oeuvre. Seriously Sibelius features the unstoppable Osmo Vänskä...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
In seeking to record every single piece of music ever written by the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, the great Scandinavian classical label BIS has created a cottage industry for itself. Some of the previously unrecorded works have been revelations -- the original, more expansive "Violin Concerto" and the original, more mysterious "Fifth" were wonderful additions to the Sibelius canon -- but some of the unrecorded works have been of interest only to the most devoted of the composer's fans -- the "March Triste for solo piano" or the "Scout March for full orchestra" add nothing but more notes to Sibelius' oeuvre. Seriously Sibelius features the unstoppable Osmo Vänskä leading the Lahti Symphony and it is a case in point. Fans of the composer who just can't get enough of that Finnish stuff may be thrilled to hear the original longer versions of his funeral march "In Memoriam" or his tone poem "Lemminkäinen in Tuonela." But how many of them will be more than passingly interested in hearing his transcription for string orchestra of the Presto from his very early "B flat major String Quartet" or his relatively late and almost wholly insipid "Three Pieces for Orchestra" including the drunken "Valse chevaleresque"? That question is for each listener to answer on his/her own. Naturally, Vänskä and the Lahti's performances are beyond reproach -- his feeling for Sibelius' idiom is unsurpassed and the symphony's ability to make beautiful music out of even his least significant pieces is unequaled -- and BIS' sound is likewise above criticism -- the clarity, warmth, and realism of the recordings is easily the equal of the best of the bigger labels.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318590014851
  • Catalog Number: 1485
  • Sales rank: 391,413

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In Memoriam, funeral march for orchestra, Op. 59 - Colin Davis & Jean Sibelius (10:34)
  2. 2–3 Earnest melodies (2), for cello & orchestra, Op. 77 - Colin Davis & Jean Sibelius (8:46)
  3. 3 Presto, for string quartet (or string orchestra) in D major - Colin Davis & Jean Sibelius (6:54)
  4. 4 Lemminkäinen in Tuonela, tone poem for orchestra (Lemminkäinen Suite No. 2), Op. 22/2 - Colin Davis & Jean Sibelius (22:18)
  5. 5 Humoresques (2) for violin & orchestra, Op. 87b: No. 1 - Colin Davis & Jean Sibelius (3:15)
  6. 7–9 Pieces (3) for orchestra, Op. 96 - Colin Davis & Jean Sibelius (14:10)
  7. 8 In Memoriam, funeral march for orchestra, Op. 59 - Colin Davis & Jean Sibelius (11:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Osmo Vänskä Primary Artist
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