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The Legend of Jean Sibelius

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1557 CD
Release date2005-10-01
Total time155:26

On The Legend of Jean Sibelius, we get almost two and a half hours of the Finnish master's best loved orchestral works ranging from Finlandia and Valse Triste to the Concerto for Violin.
During the past 15 years, and on the strength of some 20 Sibelius releases on BIS, Osmo Vänskä and Lahti Symphony Orchestra have set the standard when it comes to interpretations of their compatriot's works. These recordings have garnered the highest possible acclaim from reviewers, awards such as Gramophone Award and Cannes Classical Award, as well as innumerable distinctions ('CD of the Month' etc.) from a large number of international music magazines.
From this treasure trove an 'Essential Sibelius' collection has been compiled – a programme which, starting with En Saga (1892) and ending with Tapiola (1926), covers the greatest portion of the composer's creative life, before Sibelius fell silent in his beloved country house in Finland – the legendary 'silence from Järvenpää'. With its accompanying 96-page booklet (in English, German, French, Finnish and Swedish), giving a thorough introduction to Sibelius as man and as composer, as well as a presentation of the individual works, this release is a Sibelian crash course, highly suitable for both the uninitiated and those who wish to revisit some of the great masterpieces of 20th century music in some of the finest recordings ever made of them.
    File formats included in CD QUALITY | MP3
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
$ 23.29
Extra material for download
Disc 1
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
01 Finlandia, Op.26 (1899) 08:28 $ 1.29 USD
  Karelia Suite, Op.11 (1893) (Version using original scoring) 17:02
02 I. Intermezzo 03:46 $ 0.58 USD
03 II. Ballade. Dansen i rosenlund 09:08 $ 1.38 USD
04 III. Alla marcia 04:08 $ 0.65 USD
  Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra,Op.47 (1903/04, rev. 1905) 34:29
05 I. Allegro moderato 16:47 $ 2.54 USD
06 II. Adagio di molto 10:02 $ 1.52 USD
07 III. Allegro, ma non tanto 07:40 $ 1.19 USD
08 The Oceanides, Op.73 (1914), Tone Poem for Large Orchestra 10:03 $ 1.53 USD
09 Valse Triste, Op.44 No.1 (1903, rev.1904) 04:42 $ 0.79 USD
ComposerSibelius, Jean
ConductorVanska (Vänskä), Osmo
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra

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