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The Unknown Sibelius


The Unknown Sibelius presents a spectrum of the music that is the least wide-spread of the Finnish master’s production, either because the pieces included belong to genres not usually associated with ‘Sibelius the symphonist’, or because they appear in versions that differ from the ones that are performed frequently all over the world.

A case in point is the opening Finland Awakes, a rarely heard version of what is possibly Sibelius’ best-known piece, Finlandia, in which the famous ‘hymn’ tune is restated in full, scored with unashamed flamboyance for brass, at the end of the piece.

That recording and others on this disc are culled from the complete SIBELIUS EDITION brought to a close in 2011 – but completeness is a relative concept: a ‘complete’ edition is only complete until the next mislaid manuscript or forgotten work is re-discovered. The present disc thus serves a dual purpose, as it also includes première recordings of works and fragments that have been discovered or otherwise have become available after the EDITION was brought to a close.

Among these, the late orchestral fragments earned a certain celebrity in October 2011, as media across the world greeted the discovery of what was soon proclaimed to be sketches for the famed 8th Symphony – that elusive Holy Grail of all Sibelius-spotters.

Dr. Timo Virtanen, the respected authority on Sibelius, has prepared the sketches for the present recording and also written a text – available on the BIS web site – discussing them and the context in which they may have been written. If the orchestral fragments generally tend towards the harmonically bold sound world that Sibelius explored in some of his very late works, the three piano pieces that have also come to recent light are earlier works which all in different ways are connected to other compositions by Sibelius.
 
Extra material for download
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Finland Awakes (1899?)
01 Finland Awakes (1899?) 08:36 $ 1.81 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  The Oceanides, Op. 73 (1914 – Yale version)
02 The Oceanides, Op. 73 (1914 – Yale version) 07:37 $ 1.60 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Jag kysser dig [och ledsnar] ej (1889–91)
03 Jag kysser dig [och ledsnar] ej (1889–91) 00:59 $ 0.21 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Tule, tule kultani [Come, Come, My Sweetheart]
04 Tule, tule kultani [Come, Come, My Sweetheart] 01:20 $ 0.28 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Tanken [The Thought], JS 192 (1915)
05 Tanken [The Thought], JS 192 (1915) 01:36 $ 0.34 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Italian Folk Song Arrangements, JS 99 04:56
06 Oje Carulì [Oh Caroline] 02:53 $ 0.61 USD
07 Trippole trappole 02:03 $ 0.43 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Fridolins dårskap [Fridolin’s Folly], JS 84
08 Fridolins dårskap [Fridolin’s Folly], JS 84 02:34 $ 0.54 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Jone havsfärd [Jonah’s Voyage], JS 100
09 Jone havsfärd [Jonah’s Voyage], JS 100 02:38 $ 0.55 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Serenata, JS 169 (1887)
10 Serenata, JS 169 (1887) 07:01 $ 1.47 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Ödlan (The Lizard), Op. 8 (1909) 17:17
11 Scene No. 1. Adagio – Più adagio 02:52 $ 0.60 USD
12 Scene No. 2. Grave – Adagio 14:25 $ 3.03 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Andantino in D major for piano (1889)
13 Andantino in D major for piano (1889) 03:04 $ 0.64 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Impromptu in B minor for piano (c.1893)
14 Impromptu in B minor for piano (c.1893) 07:23 $ 1.55 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Adagio in E major for piano, JS 13 (1907)
15 Adagio in E major for piano, JS 13 (1907) 01:58 $ 0.41 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Adagio for piano four hands, JS 161 (1931)
16 Adagio for piano four hands, JS 161 (1931) 04:39 $ 0.98 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Four Orchestral Fragments (1930–57) 03:17
17 HUL 1325 01:20 $ 0.28 USD
18 HUL 1326/9 00:19 $ 0.07 USD
19 HUL 1326/10 00:25 $ 0.09 USD
20 HUL 1327 01:13 $ 0.26 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Processional, Op. 113 No. 6 (1927, orch. 1938)
21 Processional, Op. 113 No. 6 (1927, orch. 1938) 04:12 $ 0.88 USD
 
  Album total 79:07
ComposerSibelius, Jean
ConductorKamu, Okko
Murto, Seppo
Sund, Robert
Vänskä, Osmo
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra
ViolinKuusisto, Jaakko
Lasonpalo, Jyrki
Vikman, Laura
CelloTurunen, Taneli
ViolaGribajcevic, Anna Kreetta
Double bassMunter, Eero
PianoForsberg, Bengt
Gräsbeck, Folke
Lönnqvist, Peter
SopranoJuntunen, Helena
BaritoneHynninen, Jorma
Suovanen, Gabriel
Mezzo sopranoGroop, Monica
Otter, Anne Sofie von
ChoirDominante Choir
Orphei Drängar

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