Sibelius: The Origin of Fire

Sibelius: The Origin of Fire

by Osmo Vänskä
     
 

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Most of the music on this disc has never been recorded before, and it presents a Sibelius different from the one most listeners are used to, at least outside Finland. Some of these works were originally written for male choir, while others were arranged for the ancestor of the choir that performs on this recording, the See more details below

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Most of the music on this disc has never been recorded before, and it presents a Sibelius different from the one most listeners are used to, at least outside Finland. Some of these works were originally written for male choir, while others were arranged for the ancestor of the choir that performs on this recording, the YL Male Voice Choir of the University of Helsinki. The music, arising during an era in which Finland was in the middle of a long process of throwing off Russian control, runs on a continuum from Wagner-like interest in the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, to out-and-out patriotic songs like the "Jääkärien Marssi, Op. 91a." Several of the pieces are semi-dramatic cantatas with big, unsubtle effects quite unlike the elaborate logic of the later Sibelius orchestral music, but there are also links in orchestration and thematic material to Sibelius' earlier instrumental music; sample track 4, "Vapautettu Kuningatar," for instance, which is of a piece stylistically with much of the "Symphony No. 2." The YL Male Voice Choir obviously sings from a position of great familiarity with the music, executing everything cleanly and vigorously. This includes the long, often rhythmically very free "Rakastava" (The Lover), which is a real challenge for choral singers with its mixture of harmonic density, a rather bombastic quality, and a complex relationship between choir and soloists. The accompaniment from Finland's Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä is solid, and in general, although this music may not be for everybody, this disc is a must for Sibelius lovers who may not have fully appreciated that his nationalist streak did not begin or end with "Finlandia." Notes are in English, Finnish, German, and French, but texts are in Finnish and English only.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2007
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590015254
catalogNumber:
1525
Rank:
179717

Tracks

  1. The Origin of Fire (Tulen synty), for voice, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 32  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - Matti Hyokki  - W.F. Kirby  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Teemu Kirjonen  - Tommi Hakala  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  2. Sandels, improvisation for male chorus & orchestra, Op. 28  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - Matti Hyokki  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Teemu Kirjonen  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  3. Have You Courage? (Har du Mod?), (I) for male chorus & orchestra, Op. 31/2  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - Matti Hyokki  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - J. J. Wecksell  - Teemu Kirjonen  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  4. The Captive Queen (Vapautettu kuningatar), cantata for chorus & orchestra, Op. 48  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - Matti Hyokki  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Teemu Kirjonen  - Paavo Cajander  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  5. March of the Finnish Jaeger Battalion, for male chorus & orchestra, Op. 91/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - Matti Hyokki  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Teemu Kirjonen  - Heikki Hurmio  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  6. The Rapids-Shooter's Bride (Koskenlaskijan Morsiamet), for 2 vocal soloists & orchestra (or piano), Op. 33  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - Matti Hyokki  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Horst A. Scholz  - John Skinner  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Teemu Kirjonen  - A. Oksanen  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  7. Rakastava (The Lover), for male chorus (with or without string orchestra)  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - Matti Hyokki  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Tom Nyman  - Teemu Kirjonen  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  8. Have You Courage? (Har du Mod?) (II), for male chorus  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - Matti Hyokki  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - J. J. Wecksell  - Teemu Kirjonen  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  9. Sandels, improvisation for male chorus & orchestra, Op. 28  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - Matti Hyokki  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Teemu Kirjonen  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
  10. The Origin of Fire (Tulen synty), for voice, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 32  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Barnett  - Matti Hyokki  - W.F. Kirby  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Teemu Kirjonen  - Tommi Hakala  -  Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat

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