Sibelius: Spirit of Nature - Songs, Cantatas and Orchestral Works

Sibelius: Spirit of Nature - Songs, Cantatas and Orchestral Works

by Osmo Vänskä
     
 

Spirit of Nature, the title of this disc of songs, cantatas, and orchestral works by Sibelius, may at first seem more than a bit misleading. After all, only a handful of the works on this disc deal directly with nature while the rest are on the standard fin de siècle subjects of life, love, and lust. But, since all the music isSee more details below

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Spirit of Nature, the title of this disc of songs, cantatas, and orchestral works by Sibelius, may at first seem more than a bit misleading. After all, only a handful of the works on this disc deal directly with nature while the rest are on the standard fin de siècle subjects of life, love, and lust. But, since all the music is by Sibelius, perhaps the greatest nature loving -- nay, nature intoxicated -- composer of the period, every note is deeply informed by the spirit of nature. True, that love may be harder to detect in the early "Overture in E major" or "Scéne de Ballet" than in the later masterpiece "Luonnotar," but the throbbing life, the burgeoning energy, the sense of mystical communion with forces greater than oneself are felt in every note. But be the title what it may, this disc will still be mandatory listening for anyone in love with the music of Sibelius. For one thing, it has the magisterial Osmo Vänskä leading the brilliant Lahti Symphony, and anyone who already knows their ecstatic, enigmatic, and exalted recordings of Sibelius' symphonies will know what to expect here: superb playing, inspiring conducting, and a feel for the music that few other conductors can match. For another and, in its way a much more important thing, it has world-premiere recordings of five works, and while none of them will change the course of the ocean currents, for those who love the music of Sibelius, the chance to hear new music by the master will be irresistible, particularly in BIS' utterly natural and wholly amazing super audio sound.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590015650
catalogNumber:
1565
Rank:
278017

Tracks

  1. Overture for orchestra in E major  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä
  2. Scène de Ballet (Ballettikohtaus), for orchestra  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä
  3. Kullervo, symphonic poem for vocal soloists, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 7: Kullervon valitus (Kullervo's Lament), for bass &  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - W.F. Kirby  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Jyrki Korhonen  -  Kalevala
  4. Serenade, for voice & orchestra  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - John Skinner  - Erik Johan Stagnelius  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Tommi Hakala
  5. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 38: I natten (In the Night), Op. 38, No. 3 for bariton  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Viktor Rydberg  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Leif Hasselgren  - Tommi Hakala
  6. Impromptu: "Thou who guidest the Stars", for female chorus & orchestra, Op. 19  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Viktor Rydberg  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Leif Hasselgren  -  Dominante Choir  -  Seppo Murto
  7. Impromptu: "Thou who guidest the Stars", for female chorus & orchestra, Op. 19  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Viktor Rydberg  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Leif Hasselgren  -  Dominante Choir  -  Seppo Murto
  8. Pan & Echo (Dance Intermezzo No. 3), for orchestra (or piano), Op. 53a  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä
  9. Autumn Evening (Höstkväll), for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 38/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Viktor Rydberg  - John Skinner  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Helena Juntunen
  10. Duke Magnus (Hertig Magnus), song for voice & piano, Op. 57/6  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - Ernst Josephson  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Helena Juntunen
  11. Luonnotar (The Spirit of Nature), tone poem for voice & orchestra, Op. 70  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - W.F. Kirby  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Helena Juntunen  -  Kalevala
  12. Väinö's Song (Vaïnön virsi), cantata for chorus & orchestra, Op. 110  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - W.F. Kirby  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  -  Dominante Choir  -  Seppo Murto  -  Kalevala

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