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Sibelius: Jedermann, etc / Osom Vänskä

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Everyman, Op. 83
>Sibelius, Jean : Belshazzar's Feast, Op. 51
>Sibelius, Jean : The countess's portrait
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
These are all first recordings, and interest centres on the score Sibelius wrote for Hofmannsthal's morality play, Jedermann ('Everyman') in 1916. The final score comprises 16 numbers and runs to some 40 minutes. Some of the music is fragmentary and hardly makes sense out of context, though most is atmospheric and it's all characteristic. The sustained Largo section for muted, divided strings (track-11), is among the most searching music Sibelius ever wrote for theatre and, artistically, is fit to keep company with The Tempest music. Overall the material doesn't lend itself to being turned into a suite in the same way as Belshazzar's Feast but this recording rescues from obscurity some strangely haunting and at times really inspired music - the last 25 minutes are very powerful... The Countess's Portrait (1906) is a wist- ful, pensive and charming piece for strings, which was published only recently. Obviously this is a self-recommending issue of exceptional interest.

Penguin Guide
Dedicated, sensitive performances from the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, and erxcellent recording...An indispensable disc for all Sibelians.



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>Sibelius, Jean : Everyman, Op. 83
  • Performers: Petri Lehto (Tenor); Lilli Paasikivi (Mezzo Soprano); Pauli Pietiläinen (Organ); Leena Saarempää (Harp); Sauli Tiilikainen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 40 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Belshazzar's Feast, Op. 51
  • Performer: Lilli Paasikivi (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 20 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : The countess's portrait
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906
  • Studio/Live: Studio