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Sibelius - String Quartets 1888-1889

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1476 CD
Release date2006-06-28
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time69:11

In our ongoing three-disc survey of Sibelius’s music for string quartet, we have reached the years 1888-89, which saw the end of the composer’s studies at the Helsinki Music Institute. In fact, the String Quartet in A minor, which closes the present disc, was composed as a graduation work.
As in the case of the previous disc (BIS-CD-1376), several of these pieces first came to light after the donation of autograph manuscripts to Helsinki University. Many of them have never been recorded before, and this release thus presents a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the unknown facets of a great composer. Guided by the erudite liner notes of Sibelius expert Andrew Barnett, it is also possible to discover the links between these neglected gems and some of the masterpieces.

Indeed, the reviewer in the German magazine Ensemble described the previous volume as ‘a voyage of discovery that could hardly have been any finer’, commending the Tempera Quartet for outstanding performances. The quartet also gets high praise in Classica-Répertoire, for their ‘homogeneous and very sensitive playing’ in a repertoire of ‘great beauty and a surprisingly classical balance’.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
01 Moderato - Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor, JS 131 10:33 $ 2.22 USD
  Three Pieces 16:24
02 Allegro in E minor, JS 28 07:42 $ 1.62 USD
03 Allegretto in A major, JS 17 and Più lento in F major, JS
03:14 $ 0.68 USD
04 Adagio in F minor, JS 14 05:28 $ 1.15 USD
05 Allegretto in B flat major 01:00 $ 0.21 USD
06 Fuga for Martin Wegelius, JS 85 05:28 $ 1.15 USD
  String Quartet in A minor, JS 183 34:02
07 I. Andante - Allegro 11:06 $ 2.33 USD
08 II. Adagio ma non tanto 08:33 $ 1.80 USD
09 III. Vivace 05:43 $ 1.20 USD
10 IV. Allegro 08:40 $ 1.82 USD
  Album total 69:11
String quartetTempera Quartet
ComposerSibelius, Jean

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