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The Unknown Sibelius: Rarities and First Recordings / Anne Sofie von Otter & Monica Groop, mz; Jorma Hynninen, baritone

Audio Samples

>Sibelius, Jean : Finland Awakes, for orchestra
>Sibelius, Jean : Oceanides, Op. 73
>Sibelius, Jean : Jag kysser dig [och ledsnar] ej, for voice & piano
>Sibelius, Jean : Come my Sweetheart (Tule, tule, kultani), folksong arrangement for voice & piano (incomplete)
>Sibelius, Jean : The Thought (Tanken), duo for 2 voices & piano
>Sibelius, Jean : Ohi "Caroli", Italian song for chorus & instruments (fragments), JS 99/1
>Sibelius, Jean : Trippole trappole, folk song arrangement for chorus & instruments (fragments), JS 99/2
>Sibelius, Jean : Fridolin's Folly (Fridolins Dårskap), for male chorus, JS 84
>Sibelius, Jean : Jonas' Journey (Jone Havsfärd), for male chorus, JS 100
>Sibelius, Jean : Serenata, for 2 violins & cello, JS 169
>Sibelius, Jean : The Lizard (Ödlam), incidental music for solo violin & string quartet, Op. 8
>Sibelius, Jean : Andantino, for piano in D major
>Sibelius, Jean : Impromptu, for piano in B minor
>Sibelius, Jean : Adagio, for piano in E major, JS 13
>Sibelius, Jean : Adagio "To My Beloved Aino" ("Rakkaalle Ainolle"), for piano, 4 hands, JS 161
>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1325)
>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1326/9)
>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1326/10)
>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1327)
>Sibelius, Jean : Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113
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Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Finland Awakes, for orchestra
>Sibelius, Jean : Oceanides, Op. 73
>Sibelius, Jean : Jag kysser dig [och ledsnar] ej, for voice & piano
>Sibelius, Jean : Come my Sweetheart (Tule, tule, kultani), folksong arrangement for voice & piano (incomplete)
>Sibelius, Jean : The Thought (Tanken), duo for 2 voices & piano
>Sibelius, Jean : Ohi "Caroli", Italian song for chorus & instruments (fragments), JS 99/1
>Sibelius, Jean : Trippole trappole, folk song arrangement for chorus & instruments (fragments), JS 99/2
>Sibelius, Jean : Fridolin's Folly (Fridolins Dårskap), for male chorus, JS 84
>Sibelius, Jean : Jonas' Journey (Jone Havsfärd), for male chorus, JS 100
>Sibelius, Jean : Serenata, for 2 violins & cello, JS 169
>Sibelius, Jean : The Lizard (Ödlam), incidental music for solo violin & string quartet, Op. 8
>Sibelius, Jean : Andantino, for piano in D major
>Sibelius, Jean : Impromptu, for piano in B minor
>Sibelius, Jean : Adagio, for piano in E major, JS 13
>Sibelius, Jean : Adagio "To My Beloved Aino" ("Rakkaalle Ainolle"), for piano, 4 hands, JS 161
>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1325)
>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1326/9)
>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1326/10)
>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1327)
>Sibelius, Jean : Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Unknown Sibelius presents a spectrum of the music that is the least wide-spread of the Finnish master's production, either because the pieces included belong to genres not usually associated with 'Sibelius the symphonist', or because they appear in versions that differ from the ones that are performed frequently all over the world. A case in point is the opening Finland Awakes, a rarely heard version of what is possibly Sibelius' best-known piece, Finlandia, in which the famous 'hymn' tune is restated in full, scored with unashamed flamboyance for brass, at the end of the piece. That recording and others on this disc are culled from the complete SIBELIUS EDITION brought to a close in 2011 - but completeness is a relative concept: a 'complete' edition is only complete until the next mislaid manuscript or forgotten work is re-discovered. The present disc thus serves a dual purpose, as it also includes première recordings of works and fragments that have been discovered or otherwise have become available after the EDITION was brought to a close. Among these, the late orchestral fragments earned a certain celebrity in October 2011, as media across the world greeted the discovery of what was soon proclaimed to be sketches for the famed 8th Symphony - that elusive Holy Grail of all Sibelius-spotters. Dr. Timo Virtanen, the respected authority on Sibelius, has prepared the sketches for the present recording and also written a text - available on the BIS web site - discussing them and the context in which they may have been written. If the orchestral fragments generally tend towards the harmonically bold sound world that Sibelius explored in some of his very late works, the three piano pieces that have also come to recent light are earlier works which all in different ways are connected to other compositions by Sibelius.

New York Times, 4th December 2013
A fascinating, wintry Sibelius disc, including premiere recordings of some lovely solo piano works (my favorite is a noble Impromptu in B minor.



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Finland Awakes, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti, Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1899

>Sibelius, Jean : Oceanides, Op. 73
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti, Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1914

>Sibelius, Jean : Jag kysser dig [och ledsnar] ej, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Folke Grasbeck (Piano); Helena Juntunen (Soprano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1891

>Sibelius, Jean : Come my Sweetheart (Tule, tule, kultani), folksong arrangement for voice & piano (incomplete)
  • Performers: Folke Grasbeck (Piano); Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Sibelius, Jean : The Thought (Tanken), duo for 2 voices & piano
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Monica Groop; Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Sibelius, Jean : Ohi "Caroli", Italian song for chorus & instruments (fragments), JS 99/1
  • Performers: Folke Grasbeck (Piano); Jorma Hynninen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Seppo Murto
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1898

>Sibelius, Jean : Trippole trappole, folk song arrangement for chorus & instruments (fragments), JS 99/2
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Conductor: Seppo Murto
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897-1898

>Sibelius, Jean : Fridolin's Folly (Fridolins Dårskap), for male chorus, JS 84
  • Conductor: Robert Sund
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Sibelius, Jean : Jonas' Journey (Jone Havsfärd), for male chorus, JS 100
  • Conductor: Robert Sund
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Sibelius, Jean : Serenata, for 2 violins & cello, JS 169
  • Performers: Laura Vikman (Violin); Jaakko Kuusisto (Violin); Taneli Turunen (Cello)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1887

>Sibelius, Jean : The Lizard (Ödlam), incidental music for solo violin & string quartet, Op. 8
  • Performers: Taneli Turunen (Cello); Jaakko Kuusisto (Violin); Eero Munter (Double Bass); Jyrki Lasonpalo (Violin); Laura Vikman (Violin); Anna Gribajcevic (Viola)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Sibelius, Jean : Andantino, for piano in D major
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 07/28/1889

>Sibelius, Jean : Impromptu, for piano in B minor
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1883

>Sibelius, Jean : Adagio, for piano in E major, JS 13
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Sibelius, Jean : Adagio "To My Beloved Aino" ("Rakkaalle Ainolle"), for piano, 4 hands, JS 161
  • Performers: Peter Lönnqvist (Piano); Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1325)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1326/9)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1326/10)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1327)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Sibelius, Jean : Masonic Ritual Music, Op. 113 :: no 6
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1927