Sibelius: Complete Piano Music [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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: 8/7/2007
  • Label: Musical Concepts
  • UPC: 894640001912
  • Catalog Number: 5001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–10 Pieces (10) for piano, Op. 24 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (37:26)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 1 Impromptu
    2. 2 Romance
    3. 3 Caprice
    4. 4 Romance
    5. 5 Valse
    6. 6 Idyll
    7. 7 Andantino
    8. 8 Nocturne
    9. 9 Romance
    10. 10 Barcarola
  2. 11–16 Impromptus (6), for piano, Op. 5 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (15:07)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 11No. 1
    2. 12No. 2
    3. 13No. 3
    4. 14No. 4
    5. 15No. 5
    6. 16No. 6
  3. 17–26 Bagatelles (10) for piano Op. 34 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (16:45)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 17 Valse
    2. 18 Air de danse
    3. 19 Mazurka
    4. 20 Couplet
    5. 21 Boutarde
    6. 22 Réverie
    7. 23 Danse pastorale
    8. 24 Joueur de harpe
    9. 25 Reconnaissance
    10. 26 Souvenir
Disc 2
  1. 1 Valse Triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (4:50)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
  2. 2 Spagnuolo, for piano - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (0:58)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
  3. 3 To Longing (Til Trånaden), for piano - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (1:50)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
  4. 4 Mandolinata, for piano - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (1:12)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
  5. 5 Morceau romantique sur un motif de M. Jacob de Julin, for orchestra (or piano) - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (2:09)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
  6. 6 The Cavalier (Kavalijeren), for piano - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (1:33)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
  7. 7–16 Pensées Lyriques (10), for piano, Op. 40 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (16:34)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 7 Valsette
    2. 8 Chant sans paroles
    3. 9 Humoresque
    4. 10 Minuetto
    5. 11 Berceuse
    6. 12 Pensée mélodique
    7. 13 Rondoletto
    8. 14 Scherzando
    9. 15 Petite sérénade
    10. 16 Polonaise
  8. 17–22 Finnish Folk Songs (6), for piano - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (7:02)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 17 Minum Kaltani
    2. 18 Sydamestani rakastan
    3. 19 Ilta tulee, ehto joutuu
    4. 20 Tuopa tytto, kaunis tytto
    5. 21 Velisurmaaja
    6. 22 Haamuistelma
  9. 23–32 Pieces (10) for piano, Op. 58 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (33:50)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 23 Reverie
    2. 24 Scherzino
    3. 25 Air varie
    4. 26 Der Hirt
    5. 27 Des Abends
    6. 28 Dialogue
    7. 29 Tempo di Minuetto
    8. 30 Fischerlied
    9. 31 Standchen
    10. 32 Sommerlied
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Piano Sonata in F major, Op. 12 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (19:24)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 1Allegro molto
    2. 2Andantino
    3. 3Vivacissimo
  2. 4–6 Kyllikki, lyric pieces (3) for piano, Op. 41 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (12:16)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 4Largamente - Allegro
    2. 5Andantino
    3. 6Commodo
  3. 7–15 Sonatinas (3) for piano, Op. 67 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (22:19)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 7Sonatina No. 1 in F sharp minor. Allegro
    2. 8Sonatina No. 1 in F sharp minor. Largo
    3. 9Sonatina No. 1 in F sharp minor. Allegro moderato
    4. 10Sonatina No. 2 in E major. Allegro
    5. 11Sonatina No. 2 in E major. Andantino
    6. 12Sonatina No. 2 in E major. Allegro
    7. 13Sonatina No. 3 in B flat major. Andante - Allegro moderato
    8. 14Sonatina No. 3 in B flat major. Andante
    9. 15Sonatina No. 3 in B flat major. Allegretto
  4. 16–17 Rondinos (2), for piano, Op. 68 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (5:10)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 16No. 1 in G sharp minor: Andantino
    2. 17No. 2 in C sharp minor: Vivace
  5. 18–21 Lyric Pieces (4) (Lyrische Stücke), for piano, Op. 74 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (12:03)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 18 Eclogue
    2. 19 Soft West Wind
    3. 20 At the Dance
    4. 21 In The Old Home
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Bells of Kallio Church (Kellosävel Kallion kirkossa), partsong for chorus (or piano), Op. 65/2 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (2:50)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
  2. 2–6 Pieces (5) for piano ("The Trees"), Op. 75 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (12:09)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 2 När ronnen blommar
    2. 3 Den ensamma furan
    3. 4 Aspen
    4. 5 Björken
    5. 6 Granen
  3. 7–19 Pieces (13) for piano, Op. 76 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (19:29)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 7 Esquisse
    2. 8 Etude
    3. 9 Carillon
    4. 10 Humoresque
    5. 11 Consolation
    6. 12 Romanzetta
    7. 13 Affettuoso
    8. 14 Pièce enfantine
    9. 15 Arabesque (Musical Box)
    10. 16 Elegiaco
    11. 17 Linnaea
    12. 18 Capriccietto
    13. 19 Harléquinade
  4. 20–24 Pieces (5) for piano ("The Flowers"), Op. 85 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (11:05)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 20 Bellis
    2. 21 Oeillet
    3. 22 Iris
    4. 23 Aquileja
    5. 24 Campanula
  5. 25–30 Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 94 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (10:49)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 25 Danse
    2. 26 Novellette
    3. 27 Sonnet
    4. 28 Berger et bergerette
    5. 29 Mélodie
    6. 30 Gavotte
  6. 31–36 Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op. 97 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (9:53)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 31 Humoreske 1
    2. 32 Lied
    3. 33 Kleiner Walzer
    4. 34 Humoristcher Marsch
    5. 35 Impromptu
    6. 36 Humoreske 2
Disc 5
  1. 1 Valse lyrique, for piano, Op. 96/1 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (5:26)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
  2. 2 Autrefois, for orchestra & 2 voices ad lib (or piano), Op. 96b - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (5:42)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
  3. 3 Valse chevaleresque, for piano, Op. 96/3 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (5:35)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
  4. 4–11 Pieces (8) for piano, Op. 99 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (10:34)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 4 Pièce Humoristique
    2. 5 Esquisse
    3. 6 Souvenir
    4. 7 Impromptu
    5. 8 Couplet
    6. 9 Animoso
    7. 10 Moment de valse
    8. 11 Petite marche
  5. 12–16 Morceaux romantiques (5) (Romantic Pieces), for piano Op. 101 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (14:04)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 12 Romance
    2. 13 Chant du soir
    3. 14 Scène lyrique
    4. 15 Humoresque
    5. 16 Scène romantique
  6. 17–21 Characteristic Impressions (5), for piano, Op. 103 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (11:15)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 17 The Village Church
    2. 18 The Fiddler
    3. 19 The Oarsman
    4. 20 The Storm
    5. 21 In Mournful Mood
  7. 22–26 Esquisses (5), for piano, Op. 114 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (11:39)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    1. 22 Maisema
    2. 23 Talvikuva
    3. 24 Metsalampi
    4. 25 Metsalaulu
    5. 26 Kevatnaky
  8. 27 Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26 - Jean Sibelius & Annette Servadei (9:12)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
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