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Sibelius: Violin Concerto; Karelia Suite; Finlandia; Valse triste; Andante festivo; Swan of Tuonela / Jennifer Pike, violin

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47
>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11
>Sibelius, Jean : Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22
>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (3) for Orchestra, Op. 96
>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
>Sibelius, Jean : Andante Festivo, for string quartet, JS 34a
>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Sir Andrew Davis and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra's third Chandos recording features a popular selection of Jean Sibelius' orchestral works. Highlights include Finlandia, Valse triste and The Swan of Tuonela. Jennifer Pike, one of the brightest young violinists performing today, is the soloist in the Violin Concerto.

The Times, 12th April 2014
This is an exceptionally fine reading of a testing concerto...She catches the sinuous ethereality of Sibelius's vision, and the loneliness as well, but there's plenty of passion where it matters and tremendous technical skill.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2014
This enjoys one of the finest ever actual recordings...giving Jennifer Pike's violin a tremendous sense of presence. And she plays it with impressive mastery. She inclines to the bittersweet Tchaikovskian view...This is a marvellously warm, flowing and passionate performance...Davis matches her with a rich-textured, powerful reading.

MusicWeb International, 2nd May 2014
I'd place [Pike] at the cooler end of the spectrum. The strong points of her reading are attention to dynamic variance and to rhythmic imperatives. She also takes the music at a sensible pace, her rubati flexible but never distended, supporting an interpretation that is refined, fluent, and structurally confident.



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47
  • Performer: Jennifer Pike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1903-1904

>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 15 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Sibelius, Jean : Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (3) for Orchestra, Op. 96
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1921

>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1904

>Sibelius, Jean : Andante Festivo, for string quartet, JS 34a
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1922

>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900