Sound of Sibelius

Sound of Sibelius

by Osmo Vänskä
     
 

The works by Jean Sibelius on this fine release are generally programmed singly, as appetizers or curtain calls for the supposedly more serious symphonies of Sibelius and others. Hearing them together puts them in a different light, in addition to being just plain enjoyable. What strikes the listener is the range of orchestral textures. It's as great as in the… See more details below

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The works by Jean Sibelius on this fine release are generally programmed singly, as appetizers or curtain calls for the supposedly more serious symphonies of Sibelius and others. Hearing them together puts them in a different light, in addition to being just plain enjoyable. What strikes the listener is the range of orchestral textures. It's as great as in the symphonies, which differ not so much in the orchestral writing as in the comparatively more complex thematic development. The program here includes a few hits -- "Finlandia" and the "Valse Triste, Op. 44/1" -- along with programmatic works that included some less-often-heard works ("Scene with Cranes, Op. 44/2," the companion piece to the "Valse Triste"). Sibelius has always separated the top-notch orchestras and conductors from the second tier; enthusiasm may take you a long way with Mozart, but not with the likes of "The Wood-Nymph, Op. 15" (track 2), with its fluttering string figures. That work makes as good a place as any to start in sampling the recording, but you can rest assured that the precision of Finland's Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä never flags. The acoustics, from the orchestra's remarkable wood-paneled Sibelius Hall, are another high point, and the only real complaint is that if you're looking for a recording of "Finlandia," specifically, the performance here feels phoned in. Finnish musicians must get a bit tired of this work, and everything else is a sheer joy. Some of these recordings were taken from the BIS label's complete Sibelius edition, where they were in stereo; they were remixed for this SACD release.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/2010
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318599916453
catalogNumber:
1645
Rank:
98915

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Tracks

  1. Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä
  2. Scene with Cranes, tone poem for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/2  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä
  3. Valse Triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä
  4. Spring Song (Vårsång), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 16  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä
  5. Lemminkäinen's Return, tone poem for orchestra (Lemminkäinen Suite No. 4), Op. 22/4  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä
  6. The Swan of Tuonela, tone poem for orchestra (Lemminkäinen Suite No. 3), Op. 22/3  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Jukka Hirvikangas
  7. The Wood Nymph (Skogsrået), tone poem ("Ballade") for orchestra, Op. 15  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Ilkka Palli  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä
  8. Karelia Suite, for orchestra, Op. 11  - Jean Sibelius  -  Lahti Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - Jukka Hirvikangas

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