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Sibelius - Song of the Earth

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Catalogue numberBIS-CD-1365
Release date2005-06-28
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

This disc of works for choir and orchestra spans the years between 1889 (Two Chorales) and 1938 (Processional), and may be considered a sequel to Snöfrid (BIS-CD-1265) which was released in 2004 to great acclaim. (Classics Today.com made it their Disc of the Month calling it an “extremely enjoyable disc” while Fono Forum described it as “a wonderful example of Scandinavian expressivity.”) As might be expected, these are works that were composed for specific occasions: Song of the Earth (with text in Swedish) was written for the inauguration of the Swedish language university of Åbo, and The Captive Queen for the centenary of the birth of the Finnish nationalist

statesman Johan Vilhelm Snellman (an occasion for the Finns to make a show of their independent spirit to their Russian masters.) Processional was originally part of the Masonic Ritual Music, Op.113, which Sibelius composed for the newly established Finnish Masonic lodge, and later adapted for non-Masonic use, now using an English translation of the text, originally in Swedish. The two short chorales, recorded for the first time here, were written as academic exercises during Sibelius’s stay in Berlin, and are interesting as they most probably represent the great symphonist’s first attempts at writing orchestral music.

As on the previous disc, it is Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra who breathe life into these often forgotten works. On the present disc they are joined by the Dominante Choir, whose previous appearances on BIS (Aino, BIS-CD-1193/94, and Die Loreley, BIS-CD-1393/94) have been much appreciated.
 
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  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Song of the Earth, Op.93 (Jordens Sång) Text: Jarl Hammer
01 Song of the Earth, Op.93 (Jordens Sång) Text: Jarl Hammer 14:20 $ 3.01 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  The Captive Queen, Op.48 (Vapautettu kuningatar) Text: Paavo Cajander
02 The Captive Queen, Op.48 (Vapautettu kuningatar) Text: Paavo
Cajander
09:16 $ 1.95 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Two Chorales 04:46
03 Herr du bist ein Fels 01:41 $ 0.35 USD
04 Herr erzeige uns deine Gnade 03:05 $ 0.65 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Promotional Cantata (Kantaatti tohtorin - ja
maisterin-vihkijäissä 31 päivänä toukokuuta 1894), JS
105. Text: Kasimir Lönnbohm
31:33
05 I. Molto maestoso ed adagio 07:23 $ 1.55 USD
06 II. Allegro assai 15:17 $ 3.21 USD
07 III. Andantino 08:53 $ 1.87 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Scout March (Partiolaisten marssi), Op.91b
08 Scout March (Partiolaisten marssi), Op.91b 02:50 $ 0.60 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Hymn of the Earth (Maan virsi), Op.95. Text: Eino Leino
09 Hymn of the Earth (Maan virsi), Op.95. Text: Eino Leino 05:47 $ 1.21 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Processional (Onward, Ye Peoples), Op.113 No.6. Text: Viktor
Rydberg/Marchall Kernochan
10 Processional (Onward, Ye Peoples), Op.113 No.6. Text: Viktor
Rydberg/Marchall Kernochan
03:46 $ 0.79 USD
 
  Album total 01:12:18
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra
ChoirDominante Choir
ComposerSibelius, Jean
ConductorVänskä, Osmo
SopranoJuntunen, Helena
BaritoneHostikka, Juha

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