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Folke Gräsbeck plays Sibelius on the Ainola Piano

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Catalogue numberBIS-2132
Release date2015-04-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time80:54

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Ainola, the house that Jean Sibelius built in 1904 and lived in until his death in 1957, has become legendary among lovers of Nordic music. It is said that Sibelius composed more than 300 works there, and it was in the fireplace of Ainola that he is thought to have burnt the manuscript of his Eighth Symphony, before falling almost completely silent as a composer. The house is now a museum, and receives tens of thousands of visitors every summer – many of them from abroad. It has remained largely unchanged since Sibelius and his family lived in it, and among the museum’s most treasured objects is the Steinway grand piano that Sibelius was presented with on his fiftieth birthday, in 1915. It is on this instrument, Sibelius’s trusted companion for more than 40 years, that Folke Gräsbeck has recorded this tribute to the composer on his 150th anniversary. A recognized authority on the piano music of Sibelius, Gräsbeck has put together a rich and varied selection that spans the composer’s entire career and includes rarities as well as some of his most popular original piano compositions alongside his transcriptions of orchestral favourites such as Finlandia and Valse triste.
 
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  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
01 Andantino in B major, JS44 (1888) 01:26 $ 0.35 USD
 
02 Allegretto in B flat minor, JS18 (1888) 00:59 $ 0.24 USD
 
03 Largo in A major, JS117 (1888) 04:18 $ 1.05 USD
 
  from Six Impromptus, Op.5 (1893) 05:28
04 No.2 in G minor 01:54 $ 0.46 USD
05 No.5 in B minor 03:34 $ 0.86 USD
 
  from Ten Pieces, Op.24 07:06
06 No.3. Caprice (1898) 03:17 $ 0.81 USD
07 No.9. Romance in D flat major (1901) 03:49 $ 0.93 USD
 
08 Finlandia, Op.26 (1899, rev. 1900) 08:36 $ 2.11 USD
 
09 Musette, Op.27 No.3 (1898) 02:18 $ 0.56 USD
 
10 [Polka] ‘Aino’ in C minor (1902–05) 00:27 $ 0.11 USD
 
11 Valse triste, Op.44 No.1 (1903, rev. 1904) 04:44 $ 1.16 USD
 
12 Pan and Echo, Op.53 (1906) 03:51 $ 0.94 USD
 
13 Rondino in G sharp minor, Op.68 No.1 (1912) 03:18 $ 0.81 USD
 
14 Granen (The Spruce), Op.75 No.5 (1914, rev. 1919) 03:04 $ 0.75 USD
 
  from Thirteen Pieces, Op.76 06:29
15 No.2. Étude (1911) 01:19 $ 0.32 USD
16 No.9. Arabesque (1914) 01:00 $ 0.25 USD
17 No.10. Elegiaco (1916) 02:18 $ 0.56 USD
18 No.12. Capriccietto (1914) 00:45 $ 0.18 USD
19 No.13. Harlequinade (1916) 01:07 $ 0.28 USD
 
  Five Pieces (‘The Flowers’), Op.85 10:41
20 No.1. Bellis (The Daisy) (1917) 01:19 $ 0.32 USD
21 No.2. Œillet (The Carnation) (1916) 01:43 $ 0.42 USD
22 No.3. Iris (The Iris) (1916) 03:11 $ 0.78 USD
23 No.4. Aquileja (The Columbine) (1917) 02:13 $ 0.54 USD
24 No.5. Campanula (The Campanula) (1917) 02:15 $ 0.56 USD
 
  Two Pieces for Oscar Parviainen (1919) 02:18
25 Andantino, JS201 01:11 $ 0.28 USD
26 Con passione, JS53 01:07 $ 0.28 USD
 
  from Eight Short Pieces, Op.99 (1922) 03:31
27 No.3. Souvenir 02:20 $ 0.57 USD
28 No.7. Moment de valse 01:11 $ 0.31 USD
 
29 Scène romantique, Op.101 No.5 (1923–24) 03:38 $ 0.88 USD
 
30 The Village Church, Op.103 No.1 (1923–24) 03:33 $ 0.87 USD
 
31 Landscape II (1928–29) 02:58 $ 0.79 USD
 
  Album total 80:54
ComposerSibelius, Jean
PianoGräsbeck, Folke

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