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The Sibelius Edition Vol.13 - Miscellaneous works


The final volume of the BIS Sibelius Edition is released almost exactly four years after the launch of the project in 2007. A main point of interest in this particular instalment – Miscellaneous Works – is the Masonic Ritual Music, Op.113 – here recorded for the first time with the original texts. Sibelius had become a freemason in 1922, soon after the foundation of the first modern Finnish lodge after the Russian ban on freemasonry in 1809. The music – set for tenor, male-voice choir and organ – was written in response to a request for ‘special, genuinely Finnish music for the lodge’, and for it Sibelius used Finnish texts, including translations from German, Swedish and Chinese. Although the main part of Op.113 was composed in 1927, Sibelius made additions and revisions over the years, and the present performance (which is based on the 1950 edition), thus includes two pieces from 1946 believed to be his last original compositions. Two of the movements in the Masonic Music are for solo organ, and Volume 13 also includes Sibelius remaining solo works for that instrument, such as the striking Surusoitto (‘Mournful Music’) which Sibelius wrote for the 1931 funeral of the painter Gallen-Kallela, a friend of long standing. There are also a number of fragments and sketches included here, for instance of a projected musical adaptation of H.C. Andersen’s tale The Little Mermaid for string quartet and recitation, and a set of brief piano pieces for children. Of particular interest is the more substantial orchestral fragment of a projected tone poem entitled Luonnotar. In 1906 Sibelius had a change of heart, and recomposed much of the material included in the fragment into a new piece, Pohjola’s Daughter. Rounding off the edition on Disc 3 of the four CDs included here is the composer himself, conducting his own Andante festivo in a recording made during a live radio broadcast in 1939. Also on that disc is a video file of the classic ‘Jean Sibelius at Home’ film based on documentary material filmed in 1927 and 1945. As an appendix, a fourth CD contains music by contemporaries, friends and pupils of Sibelius, including Ferruccio Busoni and Robert Kajanus. With this final instalment a separate booklet with the complete index to the recordings and works included in the entire edition is provided, as a key to the 80+ hours of music that form the lifework of Sibelius.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Two Pieces, Op.111 11:42
01 a. Intrada (1925) • single pedal version 05:55 $ 0.91 USD
02 b. Surusoitto (1931) • published version 05:47 $ 0.90 USD
 
  [Two Pieces], JS153 (1925/26) 06:51
03 1. Preludium 03:31 $ 0.54 USD
04 2. Postludium 03:20 $ 0.54 USD
 
  Kolme johdantovuorolaulua, JS110 (1925) 05:47
05 1. Palmusunnuntaina (On Palm Sunday) 01:52 $ 0.29 USD
06 2. Pyhäinpäivänä tai hautajaisjumalanpalveluksissa (On
All Saints’ Day)
02:29 $ 0.38 USD
07 3. Kristillisissä nuorisojuhlissa (For Christian Youth
Ceremonies)
01:26 $ 0.23 USD
 
08 Herran siunaus, JS95 (The Lord’s Blessing) (1925) 02:51 $ 0.47 USD
 
  Musique religieuse (Masonic Ritual Music), Op.113 32:54
09 1. Avaushymni (Opening Hymn) (1927, rev. 1948 • version in
G major)
02:09 $ 0.34 USD
10 2. Alttarin valmistus: Suloinen aate (Adjusting the Altar:
Thoughts Be Our Comfort) (1927)
01:47 $ 0.28 USD
11 3. I°. Kulkue ja hymni: Näätkö, kuinka hennon yrtin
(First Degree. Procession and Hymn: Though Young Leaves Be
Green) (1927)
02:49 $ 0.43 USD
12 4. III°. Kulkue ja hymni: Ken kyynelin (Third Degree.
Procession and Hymn: Who Ne’er Hath Blent His Bread with
Tears) (1927)
04:45 $ 0.73 USD
13 5. On kaunis maa (How Fair Are Earth and Living!) (1927,
rev. 1948)
01:56 $ 0.31 USD
14 6. Salem (Onward, Ye Brethren) (1927) 02:46 $ 0.43 USD
15 7. II°. Kellä kaipuu rinnassansa (Second Degree: Whosoever
Hath a Love) (1927)
02:06 $ 0.33 USD
16 8. Veljesvirsi (Ode to Fraternity) (1946) 02:28 $ 0.38 USD
17 9. Ylistyshymni (Hymn) (1946, rev. 1948) 02:17 $ 0.36 USD
18 10. Marche funèbre (1927) 05:56 $ 0.91 USD
19 11. Suur’ olet, Herra (Ode) (1927) 01:51 $ 0.29 USD
20 12. Finlandia-hymni (Finlandia Hymn) (1899, arr. 1938) 02:04 $ 0.39 USD
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
01 Luonnotar – Pohjola’s Daughter, fragment (1905–06) 07:20 $ 1.13 USD
 
02 Untitled Fragment in A major (1907–10) 00:47 $ 0.15 USD
 
  Den lilla sjöjungfrun, fragment, JS59 (c.1888–89) 10:23
03 Långt ute i havet… Allegro 04:26 $ 0.68 USD
04 Hela långa dagen kunde de leka… Vivace – Più lento 02:58 $ 0.46 USD
05 Hon var ett underligt barn… Andantino 02:11 $ 0.34 USD
06 Ingen längtade så innerligt… Presto 00:48 $ 0.15 USD
 
07 Sketch for Kullervo, second movement (29/12/1891) 01:10 $ 0.20 USD
08 Sketch for Symphony No.2 in D major, finale (1899) 00:46 $ 0.13 USD
09 Sketch for Symphony No.5 in E flat major (22/9/1914) 00:35 $ 0.12 USD
 
  Pianokompositioner för barn, JS148 (Piano Works for Children) (1898–99) 07:43
10 1. 00:15 $ 0.05 USD
11 2. 00:31 $ 0.08 USD
12 3. 00:11 $ 0.03 USD
13 4. 00:24 $ 0.06 USD
14 5. 00:17 $ 0.04 USD
15 6. 00:17 $ 0.05 USD
16 7. 00:26 $ 0.07 USD
17 8. 00:20 $ 0.05 USD
18 9. 00:27 $ 0.07 USD
19 10. 00:36 $ 0.09 USD
20 11. 00:34 $ 0.09 USD
21 12. 00:16 $ 0.04 USD
22 13. 00:10 $ 0.03 USD
23 14. 00:30 $ 0.08 USD
24 15. 00:22 $ 0.06 USD
25 16. 00:44 $ 0.11 USD
26 17. 00:07 $ 0.02 USD
27 18. 00:21 $ 0.06 USD
28 19. 00:22 $ 0.06 USD
29 20. 00:20 $ 0.05 USD
30 30. 00:13 $ 0.07 USD
 
  Sketches for Kyllikki, three lyric pieces, Op.41 06:04
31 I. [Largamente – Allegro] (start of movement) 00:55 $ 0.15 USD
32 II. [Andantino] 04:11 $ 0.64 USD
33 III. [Comodo] (middle section of movement) 00:58 $ 0.17 USD
 
  Sketches for Landscape II (1928–29) 02:54
34 First sketch. [No tempo marking] 00:40 $ 0.11 USD
35 Second sketch. Andante 02:14 $ 0.37 USD
 
36 Sketch for O Herra, Siunaa (probably early 1930s) 01:09 $ 0.21 USD
  Four Musical Examples for Organ (23/11/1886) 01:39
37 1. Snabbt [Fast] 00:09 $ 0.03 USD
38 2. Mycket långsamt [Very slowly] 00:32 $ 0.09 USD
39 3. Moderato 00:25 $ 0.07 USD
40 4. Tungt och långsamt [Heavily and slowly] 00:33 $ 0.10 USD
 
41 Theme for Improvisation (1933) 00:32 $ 0.10 USD
 
  Sketches for Two Pieces, Op.111 02:14
42 a. Intrada (1925) 00:27 $ 0.08 USD
43 b. Surusoitto (Mournful Music) (1931) 01:47 $ 0.35 USD
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Two Pieces for organ, Op.111 12:22
01 a. Intrada (1925) • double pedal version 06:01 $ 0.92 USD
02 b. Surusoitto (Mournful Music) (1931) • manuscript version 06:21 $ 0.99 USD
 
  [Two Contrapuntal Exercises] (1889) 04:44
03 Herr, du bist ein Fels (Lord, you are a rock) 01:41 $ 0.27 USD
04 Herr, erzeige uns deine Gnade (Lord, show us your mercy) 03:03 $ 0.49 USD
 
  Vorschläge für die Glocken [der Kallio-Kirche] (1911) 02:02
05 Version 1 (D flat major). [No tempo marking] 00:58 $ 0.15 USD
06 Version 2 (G flat major). [No tempo marking] 01:04 $ 0.17 USD
 
07 Kallion kirkon kellosävel, Op.65b/JS102 (The Bells of
Kallio Church) (1912)
01:58 $ 0.33 USD
 
  Musique religieuse (Masonic Ritual Music), Op.113, Alternative versions 23:04
08 1. Avaushymni (Opening Hymn) (1927 • version in E flat
major)
02:26 $ 0.38 USD
09 2. Alttarin valmistus: Suloinen aate (Adjusting the Altar:
Thoughts Be Our Comfort) (1927)
02:05 $ 0.33 USD
10 7. II°. Kulkue [Kellä kaipuu rinnassansa] (Second Degree:
Procession [Whosoever Hath a Love]) (1927)
02:23 $ 0.37 USD
11 9. Ylistyshymni (Hymn) (first version, 1946) 01:49 $ 0.29 USD
12 9. Hymn (1946, revised New York edition 1950) 02:26 $ 0.40 USD
13 1. Avaushymni (Opening Hymn) (1927 • version in E flat
major)
02:28 $ 0.39 USD
14 5. On kaunis maa (How Fair Are Earth and Living!) (1927) 01:56 $ 0.32 USD
15 4. Third Degree. Procession and Hymn: Who Ne’er Hath Blent
His Bread with Tears
05:03 $ 0.77 USD
16 10. Marche funèbre (1927, revised New York edition 1950) 02:28 $ 0.43 USD
 
17 Andante festivo, JS34b (1922, orch. 1938) 06:02 $ 0.99 USD
 
Disc 4
 
  Composer: Kajanus, Robert
01 Finnish Rhapsody No.1 in D minor, Op.5 09:26 $ 1.44 USD
 
02 Aino, symphonic poem for male chorus and orchestra (1885,
rev. c. 1916)
14:26 $ 2.20 USD
 
 
  Composer: Kuula, Toivo
03 Häämarssi (Wedding March) from Three Pieces, Op.3b 04:21 $ 0.67 USD
 
04 Tule kanssani (Come With Me), Op.9/3 02:06 $ 0.33 USD
 
05 Heijaa, heijaa! (Swing, Swing!), Op.60/1 03:12 $ 0.49 USD
 
06 Luulit, ma katselin sua (You Thought I Was Watching You),
Op.68/3
02:53 $ 0.44 USD
 
07 Lähdettyäs (Since You Left Me), Op.2/1 02:41 $ 0.42 USD
 
08 Yrtit tummat (Dark Herbs), Op.9/1 03:09 $ 0.50 USD
 
 
  Composer: Busoni, Ferruccio
  Bagatellen for violin and piano, Op.28 06:12
09 I. Aus der Zopfzeit 01:57 $ 0.30 USD
10 II. Kleiner Mohrentanz 00:54 $ 0.14 USD
11 III. Wiener Tanzweise 02:25 $ 0.37 USD
12 IV. Kosakenritt 00:56 $ 0.17 USD
 
 
  Composer: Pacius, Fredrik
13 Björneborgarnas march (March of the Pori Regement) (arr.
1858)
03:33 $ 0.56 USD
 
 
  Composer: Jarnefelt (Järnefelt), Armas
  Suite in E flat major (1897) 21:29
14 1. Andantino 04:53 $ 0.74 USD
15 2. Adagio quasi andante 06:42 $ 1.01 USD
16 3. Presto 03:11 $ 0.48 USD
17 4. Lento assai 02:55 $ 0.44 USD
18 5. Allegro feroce 03:48 $ 0.59 USD
 
19 Berceuse for violin and orchestra (1904) 03:40 $ 0.63 USD
 
  Album total 163:05
ComposerBusoni, Ferruccio
Jarnefelt (Järnefelt), Armas
Kajanus, Robert
Kuula, Toivo
Pacius, Fredrik
Sibelius, Jean
OrganViitanen, Harri
TenorJurmu, Hannu
ConductorHyökki, Matti
Kuusisto, Jaakko
Murto, Seppo
Sibelius, Jean
Vanska (Vänskä), Osmo
Wikström, Henrik
YL Male Voice Choir
ChoirAkademiska Sångföreningen
Dominante Choir
YL Male Voice Choir
BaritoneHynninen, Jorma
OrchestraFinnish Radio Orchestra
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
PianoGothóni, Ralf
Grasbeck (Gräsbeck), Folke
Heinonen, Eero
Stott, Kathryn
Viitanen, Harri
String quartetTempera Quartet
RecitationSimberg, Johan
HarmoniumViitanen, Harri
GlockenspielBarnett, Andrew
ViolinEnoksson, Per
Kuusisto, Jaakko
SopranoValjakka, Taru

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