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Sibelius: Karelia, Kuolema (Complete) / Vänskä, Lahti SO

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11
>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This is a disc which will be of great interest to Sibelians. The original score of the Karelia music was discovered in the conductor Kajanus's library after his death in 1933 and his widow returned it to Sibelius three years later. The music extended to eight tableaux which portrayed various episodes in Karelian history. In the 1940s Sibelius destroyed the score, about which he had had second thoughts since its premiere in 1893, sparing only the overture, the movements familiar from the suite and the first number, 'A Karelian Home - News of War'... The most familiar music from it is the Valse triste, which Sibelius revised the following year, adding flute, clarinet, horns and timpani and making it altogether more sophisticated harmonically and melodically. Osmo Vänskä and his Lahti players prove reliable and responsive guides in this atmospheric music and it's hard to imagine their performances being improved on. Wide-ranging and expertly balanced recorded sound.



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>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11
  • Performers: Taito Hoffren (Voice); Pertti Kuusi (French Horn); Heikki Laitinen (Voice); Raimo Laukka (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
  • Performers: Raimo Laukka (Baritone); Kirsi Tiihonen (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903/1911
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema :: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1904
  • Studio/Live: Studio