The Sibelius Edition, Vol. 2: Chamber Music 1

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Vol. 2 in BIS' complete Sibelius Edition is given over the Finnish master's chamber music for strings and for strings and piano. Fifty years earlier, this release would've included only the "Voces intimae" string quartet. But BIS' 2007 release includes all four quartets and all four piano trios, plus 35 other works or substantial fragments lasting between 13 seconds to 32 minutes. One thing is instantly clear: Sibelius scholarship has made enormous strides since the mid-twentieth century. The vast majority of the music here will be of primary interest to the Sibelius scholar and the Sibelius completist. And while it may be rewarding to check out the teenage composer's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Vol. 2 in BIS' complete Sibelius Edition is given over the Finnish master's chamber music for strings and for strings and piano. Fifty years earlier, this release would've included only the "Voces intimae" string quartet. But BIS' 2007 release includes all four quartets and all four piano trios, plus 35 other works or substantial fragments lasting between 13 seconds to 32 minutes. One thing is instantly clear: Sibelius scholarship has made enormous strides since the mid-twentieth century. The vast majority of the music here will be of primary interest to the Sibelius scholar and the Sibelius completist. And while it may be rewarding to check out the teenage composer's chamber music, even those with an interest in him may eventually skip over the "Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor" for more substantive works. But it has to be acknowledged that a surprising amount of the music here has merit beyond the curiosity of juvenilia. The three early quartets won't likely match the mature "Voces intimae"'s expressive complexity, but they are fascinating works, especially in their approach to texture. And, while the four piano quartets lack some of the polish of the string quartets, they display a creative approach to a form that elevates them. Many of the shorter pieces, like the string quartet version of the late Andante festivo, are well worth hearing for fans of Sibelius' music. As always, BIS' digital sound is transparent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2007
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318591903055
  • Catalog Number: 1903
  • Sales rank: 77,193

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Molto Moderato - Scherzo, for string quartet, JS 134 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (4:23)
  2. 2 Scherzo, for string quartet in B minor - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (0:53)
  3. 3–6 String Quartet in E flat major, JS 184 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (17:54)
  4. 7–10 Themes (4), for string quartet - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (1:57)
  5. 8 Alla marcia, for string quartet, JS 16 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (1:01)
  6. 9 Presto, for string quartet in F major, JS 154 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (0:58)
  7. 10 Theme and Variations, for string quartet in G minor, JS 197 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (1:32)
  8. 11 Allegretto, for string quartet in D major, JS 20 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (2:19)
  9. 12 Andantino, for string quartet in C major, JS 39 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (3:12)
  10. 13 Theme and Variations, for string quartet in C sharp minor, JS 195 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (6:32)
  11. 17–49 Small Pieces (33), for string quartet - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (18:01)
  12. 18 Allegro, for string quartet in G minor - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (0:42)
  13. 19 Andante & Allegro molto, for string quartet in D major, JS 32 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (6:24)
  14. 20 Andante molto sostenuto, for string quartet in B minor, JS 37 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (8:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Moderato-Allegro Appassionato, for string quartet in C sharp minor, JS 131 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (10:46)
  2. 2 Allegro, for string quartet in E minor, JS 28 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (7:47)
  3. 3 Work(s): Allegretto in A major, JS 17 and Più lento in F ma - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (3:18)
  4. 4 Allegro, for string quartet in F minor, JS 14 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (5:40)
  5. 5 Allegretto, for string quartet in B flat major - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (1:05)
  6. 6 Fuga for Martin Wegelius, for string quartet, JS 85 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (5:40)
  7. 7–10 String Quartet in A minor, JS 183 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (34:50)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Adagio & Fugue, for string quartet in D minor - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (12:31)
  2. 2–5 String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 4 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (29:51)
  3. 6–10 String Quartet in D minor ("Voces Intimae"), Op. 56 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (29:56)
  4. 7 String Quartet in D minor ("Voces Intimae"), Op. 56: 5. Allegro [from Risoluto, 8 bars before Fig.11] - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (0:40)
  5. 8 Andante Festivo, for string quartet, JS 34a - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (5:46)
Disc 4
  1. 1–3 Trio, for 2 violins & piano in G major, JS 205 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (10:11)
  2. 2 Menuetto, for violin, cello & piano in D minor - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (1:11)
  3. 3 Menuetto, for 2 violins & piano in F major, JS 126 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (2:13)
  4. 4 Andante, Adagio & Allegro maestoso, for violin, cello & piano - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (4:00)
  5. 7–9 Piano Trio in A minor, JS 206 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (21:13)
  6. 8 Moderato, for violin, cello & piano in A minor - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (3:14)
  7. 9 Allegro, for violin, cello & piano in C major - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (1:46)
  8. 10 Allegro, for violin, cello & piano in D major, JS 27 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (3:26)
  9. 11 Andantino, for violin, cello & piano in A major - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (2:25)
  10. 14–17 Piano Trio in A minor ("Hafträsk"), JS 207 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (22:31)
Disc 5
  1. 1–3 Piano Trio in D minor ("Korpo Trio"; unfinished), JS 209 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (36:00)
  2. 2 Andantino, for violin, cello & piano in G minor, JS 43 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (1:45)
  3. 3 Allegretto, for violin, cello & piano in A flat major - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (0:55)
  4. 6–8 Piano Trio in C major ("Lovisa Trio"), JS 208 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (15:57)
  5. 7 Allegro, for violin, cello & piano in D minor (incomplete; finished by Kalevi Aho) - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (6:16)
  6. 8 Allegretto, for violin, cello & piano in E flat major (incomplete; finished by Jaakko Kuusisto) - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (1:45)
  7. 9 La pompeuse Marche d'Asis, for violin, cello & piano, JS 116 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (3:51)
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 Piano Quartet, for 2 violins, cello & piano in D minor, JS 157 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (32:57)
  2. 5–10 Ljunga Wirginia, quartet for violin, cello & piano, 4 hands - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (16:01)
  3. 6 Scherzo, for violin, cello & piano, 4 hands in E major, JS 165 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (4:54)
  4. 7 Andante cantabile, for piano & harmonium in E flat major, JS 30b - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (4:25)
  5. 8 Quartet for violin, cello, harmonium & piano in G minor, JS 158 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (9:02)
  6. 9 Piano Quartet, for 2 violins, cello & piano in C minor, JS 156 - Jean Sibelius & Robert von Bahr (8:56)
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