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Sibelius: Cantatas
     

Sibelius: Cantatas

by Paavo Järvi
 
Labeled a disc of Sibelius cantatas but more evocatively described in the liner notes as a collection of patriotic works for choir and orchestra, this release focuses on a part of the Sibelius repertory that performers have shunned for decades. These pieces represent not the darkly introspective Sibelius but rather the big, nationalistic,

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Labeled a disc of Sibelius cantatas but more evocatively described in the liner notes as a collection of patriotic works for choir and orchestra, this release focuses on a part of the Sibelius repertory that performers have shunned for decades. These pieces represent not the darkly introspective Sibelius but rather the big, nationalistic, occasionally bombastic, and often Wagnerian Sibelius familiar from the composer's music of the 1890s, much of it written for the stage and/or concerned with the blood and guts of Finnish epic poetry. The starting point here for many listeners will be the final selection, the choral arrangement of "Finlandia" created by Sibelius in 1938 as darkness spread over Europe -- one of a very few works dating from the last 30 years of the composer's life. The rest of these pieces fall into the tradition of national-flavored choral music that was long proscribed by the tenets of high modernism but is now conceded to be great fun at times. Some may consign a piece or two to the potboiler category; parts of the Swedish-language battle cantata "Sandels" come off like rejected passages from "The Pirates of Penzance." But many touches in the epic-type pieces, such as the unexpected spoken poetry in "Snöfrid" (1900), will reach out and grab an audience. Sibelius' nationalism was always concerned with natural beauty, and the radiant "Oma maa" (Our Native Land, 1918) seems in this wonderful recording by the Estonian National Male Choir and Ellerhein Girls' Choir a strong nominee for classical find of the year. Paavo Järvi is an ideal conductor for this music, drawing from the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra the precise string blasts and well-controlled brass sounds essential to the realization of Sibelius' orchestral textures. This recording unearths music that will be new to most and enjoyable for almost all.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2003
Label:
Emi Classics
UPC:
0724354558924
catalogNumber:
45589

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Tracks

  1. Snöfrid, improvisation for reciter, male voices & orchestra, Op. 29  - Jean Sibelius  - Virginie Bauzou  - Michel Chasteau  -  Estonian National Male Choir  - Anja Fantapie  - Paavo Järvi  - Alain Lanceron  - Bernd Müller  - Viktor Rydberg  - Anne Steeb  -  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra  -  Ellerhein Girls' Choir  - Jimmy Höfso  - Douglas Stuart
  2. Our Native Land (Oma maa), cantata for chorus & orchestra, Op. 92  - Jean Sibelius  - Virginie Bauzou  - Michel Chasteau  -  Estonian National Male Choir  - Anja Fantapie  - Paavo Järvi  - Alain Lanceron  - Bernd Müller  - Anne Steeb  -  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra  -  Ellerhein Girls' Choir  - Jimmy Höfso  - Samuli Kustaa Kallio  - Douglas Stuart
  3. Väinö's Song (Vaïnön virsi), cantata for chorus & orchestra, Op. 110  - Jean Sibelius  - Virginie Bauzou  - Michel Chasteau  -  Estonian National Male Choir  - Anja Fantapie  - Paavo Järvi  - Alain Lanceron  - Bernd Müller  - Anne Steeb  -  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra  -  Ellerhein Girls' Choir  - Jimmy Höfso  - Douglas Stuart
  4. Sandels, improvisation for male chorus & orchestra, Op. 28  - Jean Sibelius  - Virginie Bauzou  - Michel Chasteau  -  Estonian National Male Choir  - Anja Fantapie  - Paavo Järvi  - Alain Lanceron  - Bernd Müller  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg  - Anne Steeb  -  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra  - Jimmy Höfso  - Douglas Stuart
  5. Hymn of the Earth (Maan virsi), cantata for voices & orchestra, Op. 95  - Jean Sibelius  - Virginie Bauzou  - Michel Chasteau  -  Estonian National Male Choir  - Anja Fantapie  - Paavo Järvi  - Alain Lanceron  - Bernd Müller  - Anne Steeb  -  Eino Leino  -  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra  - Jimmy Höfso  - Douglas Stuart
  6. A Song for Lemminkåinen (Laulu Lemminkäiselle), for chorus & orchestra, Op. 31/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Virginie Bauzou  - Michel Chasteau  -  Estonian National Male Choir  - Anja Fantapie  - Paavo Järvi  - Alain Lanceron  - Bernd Müller  - Anne Steeb  -  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra  - Jimmy Höfso  - Douglas Stuart  - Yrjö Weijola
  7. Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26  - Jean Sibelius  - Virginie Bauzou  - Michel Chasteau  -  Estonian National Male Choir  - Anja Fantapie  - Paavo Järvi  - Viekko Antero Koskenniemi  - Alain Lanceron  - Bernd Müller  - Anne Steeb  -  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra  - Jimmy Höfso  - Douglas Stuart

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