The Essential Sibelius [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
This gargantuan 15-disc set is immodestly billed as The Essential Sibelius, and with the inclusion of all the symphonies, most of the tone poems, much of incidental music, many of the songs, plenty of the chamber music, lots of the choral music, and tons of the piano music, it would be hard to argue that the billing isn't accurate. Of course, some Sibelius cognoscenti may wonder where the incidental music for "Belshazzar's Feast," with its haunting setting of "By the Waters of Babylon," is, while others may question the need for so much of the composer's very early works, but few would argue that BIS hasn't done a terrific job of living up to its extravagant claim. Nor ...
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All Music Guide - James Leonard
This gargantuan 15-disc set is immodestly billed as The Essential Sibelius, and with the inclusion of all the symphonies, most of the tone poems, much of incidental music, many of the songs, plenty of the chamber music, lots of the choral music, and tons of the piano music, it would be hard to argue that the billing isn't accurate. Of course, some Sibelius cognoscenti may wonder where the incidental music for "Belshazzar's Feast," with its haunting setting of "By the Waters of Babylon," is, while others may question the need for so much of the composer's very early works, but few would argue that BIS hasn't done a terrific job of living up to its extravagant claim. Nor would many assert that BIS' choice of performers isn't for the most part first rate. Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony's recording of the symphonies and tone poems are as good as it gets in this world, as are Anne Sofie von Otter with Bengt Forsberg's and Monica Groop with Love Derwinger's recordings of the songs. Some might reasonably aver that while Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra's performances of the incidental music and the "Karelia Suite" are quite entertaining, they are entirely superficial, and that while the Tempera Quartet is wonderfully sympathetic in its interpretation of the "D minor String Quartet," there are more polished performances of the work available. Still, this set does contain all the music that anyone but the most enthusiastic Sibelius fan needs and thus provides a wonderful point of reference for the great Finnish composer's music. BIS' digital sound is consistently clean, clear, and crisp.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2006
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318591697008
  • Catalog Number: 1697
  • Sales rank: 80,394

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (35:28)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (40:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (45:09)
  2. 5–7 Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (31:04)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (31:44)
  2. 2 En Saga, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 9 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (18:18)
  3. 3 Pohjola's Daughter (Pohjolan tytär), symphonic fantasy for orchestra, Op. 49 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (13:25)
  4. 4 Valse Triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (4:51)
  5. 5 Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (8:59)
Disc 4
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (27:15)
  2. 2 Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (23:03)
  3. 3 Tapiola, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 112 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (17:55)
Disc 5
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 - Jean Sibelius & Leonidas Kavakos (35:08)
  2. 4–5 Earnest melodies (2), for cello & orchestra, Op. 77 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (8:52)
  3. 6–7 Serenades (2), for violin & orchestra, Op. 69 - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (13:29)
  4. 8–9 Humoresques (2) for violin & orchestra, Op. 87b - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (5:47)
  5. 10–13 Humoresques (4) for violin & orchestra, Op. 89 - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (14:59)
Disc 6
  1. 1–5 Kullervo, symphonic poem for vocal soloists, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 7 - Jean Sibelius & Helsinki University Chorus (80:42)
Disc 7
  1. 1 The Wood Nymph (Skogsrået), tone poem ("Ballade") for orchestra, Op. 15 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (21:57)
  2. 2–5 Lemminkäinen Suite: Four Legends from the Kalevala, for orchestra, Op. 22 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (49:37)
Disc 8
  1. 1–3 Karelia Suite, for orchestra, Op. 11 - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (17:24)
  2. 4–6 Scènes Historiques I (3), suite for orchestra, Op. 25 - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (18:25)
  3. 5 Song of the Athenians (Atenarnes sång), for boys' chorus, male chorus, winds & percussion (or orchestra), Op. 31/3 - Jean Sibelius & Helsinki University Chorus (3:40)
  4. 6 The Origin of Fire (Tulen synty), for voice, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 32 - Jean Sibelius & Helsinki University Chorus (9:14)
  5. 7 The Captive Queen (Vapautettu kuningatar), cantata for chorus & orchestra, Op. 48 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (9:27)
  6. 10–12 Rakastava (The Lover), suite for string orchestra, triangle & timpani, Op. 14 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (12:31)
  7. 11 Andante Festivo, for string orchestra (arranged from string quartet version) - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (5:41)
Disc 9
  1. 1–5 King Christian II (Kung Kristian II), orchestral suite, Op. 27 - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (25:52)
  2. 6–14 Pelléas et Mélisande, incidental music for orchestra, Op. 46 - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (28:59)
  3. 7 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: The Oak Tree - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (2:31)
  4. 8 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Humoresque - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (1:06)
  5. 9 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Caliban's Song - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (1:16)
  6. 10 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Intrada - Berceuse - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (2:14)
  7. 11 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Entr'acte - Ariel's Song - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (3:22)
  8. 12 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Chorus of the Winds - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (3:18)
  9. 13 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Intermezzo - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (1:45)
  10. 14 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Dance of the Nymphs - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (1:56)
  11. 15 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Prospero - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (1:47)
  12. 16 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Miranda - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (2:10)
  13. 17 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: The Storm - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (3:44)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Snöfrid, improvisation for reciter, male voices & orchestra, Op. 29 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (14:28)
  2. 2 The Bard (Barden), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 64 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (7:43)
  3. 3 The Oceanides (Aallottaret), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 73 - Jean Sibelius & Lahti Symphony Orchestra (10:17)
  4. 4 Luonnotar (The Spirit of Nature), tone poem for voice & orchestra, Op. 70 - Jean Sibelius & W.F. Kirby (9:05)
  5. 5 The Broken Voice (Sortunut ääni), partsong for (or mixed) male chorus, Op. 18/7 - Jean Sibelius & Andrew Bentley (1:25)
  6. 6 The Boat Journey (Venematka), partsong for male chorus, Op. 18/9 - Jean Sibelius & Andrew Bentley (1:41)
  7. 7 The Song of my Heart (Sydämeni laulu), partsong for male chorus, Op. 18/6 - Jean Sibelius & Helsinki University Chorus (2:20)
  8. 8 Rakastava (The Lover), suite for string orchestra, triangle & timpani, Op. 14 - Jean Sibelius & Monica Groop (7:02)
  9. 9 To the Fatherland (Isänmaalle), for partsong for male chorus, Op. 18/1 - Jean Sibelius & Monica Groop (2:24)
  10. 10 Fire on the Island (Saarella palaa), partsong for male chorus, Op. 18/3 - Jean Sibelius & Monica Groop (1:19)
  11. 11 We praise Thee, Our Creator (Soi kunniaksi Luojan), for chorus, Op. 23/6a - Jean Sibelius & Monica Groop (1:37)
  12. 12 People of Land & Sea (Män från slätten och havet), partsong for chorus, Op. 65/1 - Jean Sibelius & Monica Groop (4:48)
  13. 13 To Sea (Till havs), partsong for male chorus, Op. 84/5 - Jean Sibelius & Orphei Drängar (2:29)
  14. 14 Fridolin's Folly (Fridolins Dårskap), for male chorus - Jean Sibelius & Erik Axel Karlfeldt (2:34)
  15. 15 Jonas' Journey (Jone Havsfärd), for male chorus - Jean Sibelius & Erik Axel Karlfeldt (2:37)
  16. 16 Jager March (Jääkärien marssi), for male chorus & piano (or brass septet or orchestra), Op. 91a - Jean Sibelius & Helsinki University Chorus (2:30)
  17. 17 Finlandia Hymn (Finlandia Hymni), for chorus & organ (or harmonium), Op. 113/12 - Jean Sibelius & Viekko Antero Koskenniemi (2:35)
Disc 11
  1. 1 Black Roses (Svarta rosor), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/1 - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (2:01)
  2. 2 But my Bird is Long in Homing (Men min fågel märks dock icke), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2 - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (2:30)
  3. 3 Sigh, sedges, sigh (Säv, säv, susa), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/4 - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (2:40)
  4. 4 To Evening (Illalle), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/6 - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (1:22)
  5. 5 Im feld ein Mädchen singt (A maiden yonder sings), song for voice & piano, Op. 50/3 - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (3:04)
  6. 6 Aus Banger Brust (O, wert thou here), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 50/4 - Jean Sibelius & Richard Dehmel (2:25)
  7. 7 Die stille Stadt (The silent town), song for voice & piano, Op. 50/5 - Jean Sibelius & Richard Dehmel (2:47)
  8. 8 Spring is flying (Våren flyktar hastigt) song for voice & piano, Op. 13/4 - Jorma Panula & Jean Sibelius (1:37)
  9. 9 And I Questioned No Further (Se'n har jag ej frågat mera), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 17/1 - Jorma Panula & Jean Sibelius (2:01)
  10. 10 Autumn Evening (Höstkväll), for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 38/1 - Jorma Panula & Jean Sibelius (4:36)
  11. 11 Arioso, for voice & orchestra, Op. 3 - Jorma Panula & Jean Sibelius (3:57)
  12. 12 The Water Sprite (Nåcken), songs (2) as incidental music for voice, violin, cello & piano (wriiten with Martin Wegelius) - Gunnar Wennerberg & Jean Sibelius (3:28)
  13. 13 We Ask for Nothing Rich or Rare (Giv mig ej glans), for voice & piano, Op. 1/4 - Jean Sibelius & Love Derwinger (3:50)
  14. 14 I am a Tree (Jag är ett träd), song for voice & piano, Op. 57/5 - Jean Sibelius & Love Derwinger (2:54)
  15. 15 The Water Sprite (Nåcken), songs (2) as incidental music for voice, violin, cello & piano (wriiten with Martin Wegelius) - Jean Sibelius & Love Derwinger (2:16)
  16. 16 Hymn to Thaïs, the Unforgettable, song for voice & piano - Jean Sibelius & Love Derwinger (2:01)
  17. 17 The Echo Nymph (Kaiutar), somg for voice & piano, Op. 72/4 - Jean Sibelius & Love Derwinger (3:17)
  18. 18 Longing is my Heritage (Längtan heter min arvedel), song for voice & piano, Op. 86/2 - Jean Sibelius & Love Derwinger (3:17)
  19. 19 Ye Sisters, Ye Brothers (I systrar, I bröder), song for voice & piano, Op. 86/6 - Jean Sibelius & Love Derwinger (2:11)
  20. 20 The Diamond on the March Snow (Demanton på marssnön), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/6 - Jorma Panula & Jean Sibelius (3:04)
  21. 21 The Fool's Song of the Spider, song for voice & piano (arranged from King Christian II), Op. 27/4 - Jorma Panula & Jean Sibelius (3:38)
  22. 22 On A Balcony by the Sea (På verandan vid havet), for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 38/2 - Jorma Panula & Jean Sibelius (3:14)
  23. 23 Come Away, Death (Kom nu hit, död!), for voice, harp & string orchestra (Twelfth Night No. 1), Op. 60/1 - Jean Sibelius & Jorma Panula (2:56)
  24. 24 Row, row duck (Souda, souda, sinisorsa), for voice & piano - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (1:16)
  25. 25 The North (Norden), song for voice & piano, Op. 90/1 - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (2:11)
  26. 26 Narcissus, song for voice & piano - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (1:51)
  27. 27 The First Kiss (Den förste kyssen, II), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1 - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (2:00)
  28. 28 Was it a dream? (Var det en dröm), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/4 - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (2:05)
  29. 29 The Maid Returned from Meeeting her Lover (Flickan kon ifrån sin älsklings möte), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/5 - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (2:57)
  30. 30 The Thought (Tanken), duo for 2 voices & piano - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (2:01)
Disc 12
  1. 1 Moderato-Allegro Appassionato, for string quartet in C sharp minor, JS 131 - Jean Sibelius & Tempera Quartet (10:46)
  2. 2–5 String Quartet in A minor, JS 183 - Jean Sibelius & Tempera Quartet (34:39)
  3. 6–10 String Quartet in D minor ("Voces Intimae"), Op. 56 - Jean Sibelius & Tempera Quartet (30:18)
Disc 13
  1. 1–3 Piano Trio in D minor ("Korpo Trio"; unfinished), JS 209 - Jean Sibelius & Folke Grasbeck (36:06)
  2. 4–8 Piano Quintet in G minor - Jean Sibelius & Folke Grasbeck (39:12)
  3. 5 La pompeuse Marche d'Asis, for violin, cello & piano, JS 116 - Jean Sibelius & Folke Grasbeck (3:51)
Disc 14
  1. 1 Water Drops (Vattendroppar), for violin and cello - Jean Sibelius & Jaakko Kuusisto (0:55)
  2. 2 Andante cantabile, for piano & harmonium in E flat major, JS 30b - Jean Sibelius & Folke Grasbeck (4:23)
  3. 3 Andante cantabile, for violin & piano in G major - Jean Sibelius & Folke Grasbeck (2:40)
  4. 4–6 Sonata for violin & piano in F major - Jean Sibelius & Folke Grasbeck (25:28)
  5. 5 Malinconia, for cello & piano, Op. 20 - Jean Sibelius & Folke Grasbeck (12:32)
  6. 8–11 Pieces (4) for violin & piano, Op. 78 - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (11:29)
  7. 12–14 Sonatina, for violin & piano in E major, Op. 80 - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (12:05)
  8. 13 Cinq danses champétres (5), for violin & piano, Op. 106: 1. Largamente assai - Vivace - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (5:08)
  9. 14 Cinq danses champétres (5), for violin & piano, Op. 106: 2. Alla polacca - Jean Sibelius & Bengt Forsberg (2:57)
Disc 15
  1. 1–4 Florestan, suite for piano, JS 82 - Jean Sibelius & Folke Grasbeck (10:25)
  2. 2 Impromptu, for string orchestra in B minor (arrangement of piano work), Op. 5/5 - Jean Sibelius & Folke Grasbeck (3:45)
  3. 6–8 Piano Sonata in F major, Op. 12 - Jean Sibelius & Folke Grasbeck (17:10)
  4. 7 Pieces (10) for piano, Op. 24: 9. Romance in D flat major - Jean Sibelius & Erik T. Tawaststjerna (4:09)
  5. 10–12 Kyllikki, lyric pieces (3) for piano, Op. 41 - Jean Sibelius & Erik T. Tawaststjerna (11:12)
  6. 13–15 Sonatina No. 1, for piano in F-sharp minor, Op. 67/1 - Jean Sibelius & Erik T. Tawaststjerna (7:23)
  7. 16–18 Sonatina No. 2, for piano in E major, Op. 67/2 - Jean Sibelius & Erik T. Tawaststjerna (5:50)
  8. 19–20 Sonatina No. 3, for piano in B-flat minor, Op.67/3 - Jean Sibelius & Erik T. Tawaststjerna (6:35)
  9. 20 Pieces (5) for piano ("The Trees"), Op. 75: 2. Den ensamma furan (The Solitary Fir Tree) - Jean Sibelius & Erik T. Tawaststjerna (2:10)
  10. 21 Pieces (5) for piano ("The Trees"), Op. 75: 5. Granen (The Spruce) - Jean Sibelius & Erik T. Tawaststjerna (3:02)
  11. 22 Morceaux romantiques (5) (Romantic Pieces), for piano Op. 101: 5. Scène romatique - Jean Sibelius & Erik T. Tawaststjerna (3:16)
  12. 23 Characteristic Impressions (5), for piano, Op. 103: 1. The Village Church - Jean Sibelius & Erik T. Tawaststjerna (2:53)
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