Sibelius: Complete Piano Music [Box Set]

Sibelius: Complete Piano Music [Box Set]

by Annette Servadei
     
 

Considering that the vast majority of Sibelius' piano works are regarded as lightweight salon music even by the composer's most ardent supporters, it is quite amazing how many recordings of his complete piano music have emerged in the digital era. There's Erik Tawaststjerna's recordings for BIS, See more details below

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Considering that the vast majority of Sibelius' piano works are regarded as lightweight salon music even by the composer's most ardent supporters, it is quite amazing how many recordings of his complete piano music have emerged in the digital era. There's Erik Tawaststjerna's recordings for BIS, Havard Gimse's for Naxos, Folke Gräsbeck's is also BIS, and here Annette Servadei's for Alto, though previously released on Olympia and Continuum. When confronted with such plentitude, two questions inevitably arise: is the music worth hearing, and if so, which performances are worth hearing. To answer the first, it has to be admitted that the music is only intermittently worth hearing except by dedicated fans of the composer. Though the "Piano Sonata" from 1893 is an impressive early effort, the "Three Lyric Pieces," called "Kyllikki," from 1904 hold together as a convincing cycle, and the "Three Sonatinas" from 1912 come close to the baleful magnificence of the contemporary "Fourth Symphony," virtually all the rest of the works on these five discs could fairly be described as salon music, delightful and entertaining salon music but salon music nevertheless. In answer to the second, it has to be acknowledged that Servadei's performances are as fine as any and better than most. She has the skill to play everything no matter how virtuosic or un-pianistic. She has the touch to make everything sound beautiful no matter how heavy or light. And most importantly, she has the belief to make everything sound as good, as strong, as honest, and as true as possible. So while those who don't already know and love the music of the Finnish modernist master are advised to seek out his symphonies and tone poems first, those who already know and love the symphonies and tone poems and who feel the overwhelming urge to check out his complete piano music could do worse than to try Servadei.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
Label:
Musical Concepts
UPC:
0894640001912
catalogNumber:
5001

Tracks

  1. Pieces (10) for piano, Op. 24  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  2. Impromptus (6), for piano, Op. 5  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  3. Bagatelles (10) for piano Op. 34  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  4. Valse Triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  5. Spagnuolo, for piano  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  6. To Longing (Til Trånaden), for piano  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  7. Mandolinata, for piano  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  8. Morceau romantique sur un motif de M. Jacob de Julin, for orchestra (or piano)  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  9. The Cavalier (Kavalijeren), for piano  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  10. Pensées Lyriques (10), for piano, Op. 40  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  11. Finnish Folk Songs (6), for piano  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  12. Pieces (10) for piano, Op. 58  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  13. Piano Sonata in F major, Op. 12  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  14. Kyllikki, lyric pieces (3) for piano, Op. 41  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  15. Sonatinas (3) for piano, Op. 67  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  16. Rondinos (2), for piano, Op. 68  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  17. Lyric Pieces (4) (Lyrische Stücke), for piano, Op. 74  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  18. The Bells of Kallio Church (Kellosävel Kallion kirkossa), partsong for chorus (or piano), Op. 65/2  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  19. Pieces (5) for piano ("The Trees"), Op. 75  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  20. Pieces (13) for piano, Op. 76  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  21. Pieces (5) for piano ("The Flowers"), Op. 85  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  22. Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 94  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  23. Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op. 97  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  24. Valse lyrique, for piano, Op. 96/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  25. Autrefois, for orchestra & 2 voices ad lib (or piano), Op. 96b  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  26. Valse chevaleresque, for piano, Op. 96/3  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  27. Pieces (8) for piano, Op. 99  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  28. Morceaux romantiques (5) (Romantic Pieces), for piano Op. 101  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  29. Characteristic Impressions (5), for piano, Op. 103  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  30. Esquisses (5), for piano, Op. 114  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse
  31. Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26  - Jean Sibelius  - Annette Servadei  - Ivan Choultse

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