Essential Sibelius [Box Set]

Essential Sibelius [Box Set]

     
 

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 See more details below

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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
UPC:
7318591697008
catalogNumber:
1697
Rank:
120034

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  2. Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  3. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  4. Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  5. Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  6. En Saga, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 9  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  7. Pohjola's Daughter (Pohjolan tytär), symphonic fantasy for orchestra, Op. 49  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  8. Valse Triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  9. Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  10. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  11. Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  12. Tapiola, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 112  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  13. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47  - Jean Sibelius  - Leonidas Kavakos  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  14. Earnest melodies (2), for cello & orchestra, Op. 77  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä  - Marko Ylönen
  15. Serenades (2), for violin & orchestra, Op. 69  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - Dong-Suk Kang
  16. Humoresques (2) for violin & orchestra, Op. 87b  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - Dong-Suk Kang
  17. Humoresques (4) for violin & orchestra, Op. 89  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - Dong-Suk Kang
  18. Kullervo, symphonic poem for vocal soloists, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 7  - Jean Sibelius  -  Helsinki University Chorus  - W.F. Kirby  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Raimo Laukka  - Lilli Paasikivi  - Osmo Vänskä
  19. The Wood Nymph (Skogsrået), tone poem ("Ballade") for orchestra, Op. 15  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  20. Lemminkäinen Suite: Four Legends from the Kalevala, for orchestra, Op. 22  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  21. Karelia Suite, for orchestra, Op. 11  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi
  22. Scènes Historiques I (3), suite for orchestra, Op. 25  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - W.F. Kirby
  23. Song of the Athenians (Atenarnes sång), for boys' chorus, male chorus, winds & percussion (or orchestra), Op. 31/3  - Jean Sibelius  -  Helsinki University Chorus  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Viktor Rydberg  - Osmo Vänskä  -  Lahti Boys' Choir  - William Wallace
  24. The Origin of Fire (Tulen synty), for voice, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 32  - Jean Sibelius  -  Helsinki University Chorus  - W.F. Kirby  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä  - Tommi Hakala
  25. The Captive Queen (Vapautettu kuningatar), cantata for chorus & orchestra, Op. 48  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä  - Paavo Cajander  -  Dominante Choir
  26. Rakastava (The Lover), suite for string orchestra, triangle & timpani, Op. 14  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  27. Andante Festivo, for string orchestra (arranged from string quartet version)  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  28. King Christian II (Kung Kristian II), orchestral suite, Op. 27  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi
  29. Pelléas et Mélisande, incidental music for orchestra, Op. 46  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi
  30. The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: The Oak Tree  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi
  31. The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Humoresque  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi
  32. The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Caliban's Song  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi
  33. The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Intrada - Berceuse  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi
  34. The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Entr'acte - Ariel's Song  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi
  35. The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Chorus of the Winds  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi
  36. The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Intermezzo  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi
  37. The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Dance of the Nymphs  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi
  38. The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Prospero  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi
  39. The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Miranda  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi
  40. The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: The Storm  - Jean Sibelius  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi
  41. Snöfrid, improvisation for reciter, male voices & orchestra, Op. 29  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Viktor Rydberg  - Osmo Vänskä  -  Jubilate Choir  - Stina Ekblad
  42. The Bard (Barden), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 64  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  43. The Oceanides (Aallottaret), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 73  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä
  44. Luonnotar (The Spirit of Nature), tone poem for voice & orchestra, Op. 70  - Jean Sibelius  - W.F. Kirby  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä  - Helena Juntunen
  45. The Broken Voice (Sortunut ääni), partsong for (or mixed) male chorus, Op. 18/7  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Bentley  -  Helsinki University Chorus  - Matti Hyokki
  46. The Boat Journey (Venematka), partsong for male chorus, Op. 18/9  - Jean Sibelius  - Andrew Bentley  -  Helsinki University Chorus  - Matti Hyokki
  47. The Song of my Heart (Sydämeni laulu), partsong for male chorus, Op. 18/6  - Jean Sibelius  -  Helsinki University Chorus  - Matti Hyokki  - Aleksis Kivi
  48. Rakastava (The Lover), suite for string orchestra, triangle & timpani, Op. 14  - Jean Sibelius  - Monica Groop  - Astrid Riska  - Sauli Tiilikainen  -  Jubilate Choir
  49. To the Fatherland (Isänmaalle), for partsong for male chorus, Op. 18/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Monica Groop  - Astrid Riska  - Sauli Tiilikainen  -  Jubilate Choir  - Paavo Cajander
  50. Fire on the Island (Saarella palaa), partsong for male chorus, Op. 18/3  - Jean Sibelius  - Monica Groop  - Astrid Riska  - Sauli Tiilikainen  -  Jubilate Choir
  51. We praise Thee, Our Creator (Soi kunniaksi Luojan), for chorus, Op. 23/6a  - Jean Sibelius  - Monica Groop  - Astrid Riska  - Sauli Tiilikainen  -  Jubilate Choir  - August Valdemar Forsman
  52. People of Land & Sea (Män från slätten och havet), partsong for chorus, Op. 65/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Monica Groop  - Astrid Riska  - Sauli Tiilikainen  -  Jubilate Choir  - Ernst Viktor Knape
  53. To Sea (Till havs), partsong for male chorus, Op. 84/5  - Jean Sibelius  -  Orphei Drängar  - Jonathan Reuter  - Robert Sund
  54. Fridolin's Folly (Fridolins Dårskap), for male chorus  - Jean Sibelius  - Erik Axel Karlfeldt  -  Orphei Drängar  - Robert Sund
  55. Jonas' Journey (Jone Havsfärd), for male chorus  - Jean Sibelius  - Erik Axel Karlfeldt  -  Orphei Drängar  - Robert Sund
  56. Jager March (Jääkärien marssi), for male chorus & piano (or brass septet or orchestra), Op. 91a  - Jean Sibelius  -  Helsinki University Chorus  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Osmo Vänskä  - Heikki Nurmio
  57. Finlandia Hymn (Finlandia Hymni), for chorus & organ (or harmonium), Op. 113/12  - Jean Sibelius  - Viekko Antero Koskenniemi  - Astrid Riska  -  Jubilate Choir
  58. Black Roses (Svarta rosor), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Ernst Josephson  - Anne Sofie von Otter
  59. But my Bird is Long in Homing (Men min fågel märks dock icke), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  60. Sigh, sedges, sigh (Säv, säv, susa), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Gustaf Froding  - Anne Sofie von Otter
  61. To Evening (Illalle), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/6  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - August Valdemar Forsman
  62. Im feld ein Mädchen singt (A maiden yonder sings), song for voice & piano, Op. 50/3  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Margarete Susman
  63. Aus Banger Brust (O, wert thou here), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 50/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Richard Dehmel  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter
  64. Die stille Stadt (The silent town), song for voice & piano, Op. 50/5  - Jean Sibelius  - Richard Dehmel  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter
  65. Spring is flying (Våren flyktar hastigt) song for voice & piano, Op. 13/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Jorma Panula  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Marianne Haggander  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  66. And I Questioned No Further (Se'n har jag ej frågat mera), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 17/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Jorma Panula  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Marianne Haggander  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  67. Autumn Evening (Höstkväll), for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 38/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Jorma Panula  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Marianne Haggander  - Viktor Rydberg  - John Skinner
  68. Arioso, for voice & orchestra, Op. 3  - Jean Sibelius  - Jorma Panula  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Marianne Haggander  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  69. The Water Sprite (Nåcken), songs (2) as incidental music for voice, violin, cello & piano (wriiten with Martin Wegelius)  - Jean Sibelius  - Gunnar Wennerberg  - Monica Groop  - Folke Grasbeck  - Lasse Poysti  - Jaakko Kuusisto  - Joel Laakso
  70. We Ask for Nothing Rich or Rare (Giv mig ej glans), for voice & piano, Op. 1/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Love Derwinger  - Monica Groop  - Zachris Topelius
  71. I am a Tree (Jag är ett träd), song for voice & piano, Op. 57/5  - Jean Sibelius  - Love Derwinger  - Monica Groop  - Ernst Josephson
  72. The Water Sprite (Nåcken), songs (2) as incidental music for voice, violin, cello & piano (wriiten with Martin Wegelius)  - Jean Sibelius  - Love Derwinger  - Monica Groop  - Ernst Josephson
  73. Hymn to Thaïs, the Unforgettable, song for voice & piano  - Jean Sibelius  - Love Derwinger  - Monica Groop  - Arthur H. Borgström
  74. The Echo Nymph (Kaiutar), somg for voice & piano, Op. 72/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Love Derwinger  - Monica Groop  -  Kyosti
  75. Longing is my Heritage (Längtan heter min arvedel), song for voice & piano, Op. 86/2  - Jean Sibelius  - Love Derwinger  - Monica Groop  - Erik Axel Karlfeldt
  76. Ye Sisters, Ye Brothers (I systrar, I bröder), song for voice & piano, Op. 86/6  - Jean Sibelius  - Love Derwinger  - Monica Groop  - Mikael Lybeck
  77. The Diamond on the March Snow (Demanton på marssnön), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/6  - Jean Sibelius  - Jorma Panula  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Jorma Hynninen  - J. J. Wecksell
  78. The Fool's Song of the Spider, song for voice & piano (arranged from King Christian II), Op. 27/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Jorma Panula  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Jorma Hynninen  - John Skinner  - Adolf Paul
  79. On A Balcony by the Sea (På verandan vid havet), for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 38/2  - Jean Sibelius  - Jorma Panula  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Jorma Hynninen  - Viktor Rydberg
  80. Come Away, Death (Kom nu hit, död!), for voice, harp & string orchestra (Twelfth Night No. 1), Op. 60/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Jorma Panula  - William Shakespeare  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Jorma Hynninen  - C. A. Hagberg
  81. Row, row duck (Souda, souda, sinisorsa), for voice & piano  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - August Valdemar Forsman
  82. The North (Norden), song for voice & piano, Op. 90/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  83. Narcissus, song for voice & piano  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Bertel Gripenberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter
  84. The First Kiss (Den förste kyssen, II), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  85. Was it a dream? (Var det en dröm), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - J. J. Wecksell
  86. The Maid Returned from Meeeting her Lover (Flickan kon ifrån sin älsklings möte), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/5  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  87. The Thought (Tanken), duo for 2 voices & piano  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Monica Groop  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  88. Moderato-Allegro Appassionato, for string quartet in C sharp minor, JS 131  - Jean Sibelius  -  Tempera Quartet
  89. String Quartet in A minor, JS 183  - Jean Sibelius  -  Tempera Quartet
  90. String Quartet in D minor ("Voces Intimae"), Op. 56  - Jean Sibelius  -  Tempera Quartet
  91. Piano Trio in D minor ("Korpo Trio"; unfinished), JS 209  - Jean Sibelius  - Folke Grasbeck  - Jaakko Kuusisto  - Marko Ylönen
  92. Piano Quintet in G minor  - Jean Sibelius  - Folke Grasbeck  - Jaakko Kuusisto  - Anna Kreetta Gribajcevic  - Joel Laakso  - Laura Vikman
  93. La pompeuse Marche d'Asis, for violin, cello & piano, JS 116  - Jean Sibelius  - Folke Grasbeck  - Jaakko Kuusisto  - Marko Ylönen
  94. Water Drops (Vattendroppar), for violin and cello  - Jean Sibelius  - Jaakko Kuusisto  - Taneli Turunen
  95. Andante cantabile, for piano & harmonium in E flat major, JS 30b  - Jean Sibelius  - Folke Grasbeck  - Harri Viitanen
  96. Andante cantabile, for violin & piano in G major  - Jean Sibelius  - Folke Grasbeck  - Jaakko Kuusisto
  97. Sonata for violin & piano in F major  - Jean Sibelius  - Folke Grasbeck  - Jaakko Kuusisto
  98. Malinconia, for cello & piano, Op. 20  - Jean Sibelius  - Folke Grasbeck  - Torleif Thedéen
  99. Pieces (4) for violin & piano, Op. 78  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Nils-Erik Sparf
  100. Sonatina, for violin & piano in E major, Op. 80  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Nils-Erik Sparf
  101. Cinq danses champétres (5), for violin & piano, Op. 106: 1. Largamente assai - Vivace  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Nils-Erik Sparf
  102. Cinq danses champétres (5), for violin & piano, Op. 106: 2. Alla polacca  - Jean Sibelius  - Bengt Forsberg  - Nils-Erik Sparf
  103. Florestan, suite for piano, JS 82  - Jean Sibelius  - Folke Grasbeck
  104. Impromptu, for string orchestra in B minor (arrangement of piano work), Op. 5/5  - Jean Sibelius  - Folke Grasbeck
  105. Piano Sonata in F major, Op. 12  - Jean Sibelius  - Folke Grasbeck
  106. Pieces (10) for piano, Op. 24: 9. Romance in D flat major  - Jean Sibelius  - Erik T. Tawaststjerna
  107. Kyllikki, lyric pieces (3) for piano, Op. 41  - Jean Sibelius  - Erik T. Tawaststjerna
  108. Sonatina No. 1, for piano in F-sharp minor, Op. 67/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Erik T. Tawaststjerna
  109. Sonatina No. 2, for piano in E major, Op. 67/2  - Jean Sibelius  - Erik T. Tawaststjerna
  110. Sonatina No. 3, for piano in B-flat minor, Op.67/3  - Jean Sibelius  - Erik T. Tawaststjerna
  111. Pieces (5) for piano ("The Trees"), Op. 75: 2. Den ensamma furan (The Solitary Fir Tree)  - Jean Sibelius  - Erik T. Tawaststjerna
  112. Pieces (5) for piano ("The Trees"), Op. 75: 5. Granen (The Spruce)  - Jean Sibelius  - Erik T. Tawaststjerna
  113. Morceaux romantiques (5) (Romantic Pieces), for piano Op. 101: 5. Scène romatique  - Jean Sibelius  - Erik T. Tawaststjerna
  114. Characteristic Impressions (5), for piano, Op. 103: 1. The Village Church  - Jean Sibelius  - Erik T. Tawaststjerna

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