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Folke Gräsbeck plays Sibelius on the Ainola Piano

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Andantino, for piano in B major, JS 44
>Sibelius, Jean : Allegretto for piano in B flat minor, JS 18
>Sibelius, Jean : Largo, for piano in A major, JS 117
>Sibelius, Jean : Six Impromptus, Op. 5
>Sibelius, Jean : Ten Pieces, Op. 24
>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
>Sibelius, Jean : The music to Adolf Paul's play "Kung Kristian II" ("King Christian II")), Op. 27
>Sibelius, Jean : Polka "Aino," for piano in C minor
>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
>Sibelius, Jean : Pan & Echo (Dance Intermezzo no 3), for orchestra (or piano), Op. 53a
>Sibelius, Jean : Rondinos (2), for piano, Op. 68
>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 75 "Trees"
>Sibelius, Jean : Thirteen Pieces, Op. 76
>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (5) for piano ("The Flowers"), Op. 85
>Sibelius, Jean : Two Pieces for Oscar Parvianen
>Sibelius, Jean : Eight Short Pieces, Op. 99
>Sibelius, Jean : Morceaux romantiques (5) (Romantic Pieces), for piano Op. 101
>Sibelius, Jean : Characteristic Impressions (5), for piano, Op. 103
>Sibelius, Jean : Landscape no 2, for piano (manuscript)
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Notes & Reviews:

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 favorites such as Finlandia and Valse triste.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
For a single-disc survey, why not hear [Sibelius's complete piano works] on an instrument of the day rather than a more modern specimen built for the kind of concert-hall projection that is irrelevant to most of the music...[the Finlandia transcription] and the Valse triste apart, there may not be much here that shows Sibelius at his most personal. But it is still a disc to treasure.

MusicWeb International, May 2015
Minutes into this generous collection and several things are clear. First, GrSsbeck plays with an ease and affection that's utterly right for these pieces. Second, this ageing instrument is in very good shape. And third, Take5's producer and sound engineer Jens Braun has conjured up the most tactile and truthful piano sound imaginable. Every nuance and timbre is faithfully rendered...Musical and sonic nirvana, this; prepare to be overwhelmed.

Sunday Times, 10th May 2015
It has a beautiful, woody domestic sound, though decisively clear articulation, and is ideal for gramophone reproduction in small rooms. These miniatures, often haunting, invariably betray a master craftsman.

The Guardian, 4th June 2015
We're deep into composer anniversary geekery here, but bear with me...the sound of the piano really is lovely: sweet, nutty, with soft articulation and endearingly warbly tuning. Folke GrSsbeck - a Sibelius specialist and an admirably unfussy player - offers a generous selection of the composer's piano music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ainola, Järvenpää, Finland (05/2014).



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Andantino, for piano in B major, JS 44
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Sibelius, Jean : Allegretto for piano in B flat minor, JS 18
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Sibelius, Jean : Largo, for piano in A major, JS 117
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Sibelius, Jean : Six Impromptus, Op. 5 :: no 2 in G minor
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Sibelius, Jean : Six Impromptus, Op. 5 :: no 5 in B minor
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Sibelius, Jean : Ten Pieces, Op. 24 :: no 3. Caprice
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895-1903

>Sibelius, Jean : Ten Pieces, Op. 24 :: no 9. Romance in D flat major
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895-1903

>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900

>Sibelius, Jean : The music to Adolf Paul's play "Kung Kristian II" ("King Christian II")), Op. 27 :: Musette
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Sibelius, Jean : Polka "Aino," for piano in C minor
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902-1905

>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1904

>Sibelius, Jean : Pan & Echo (Dance Intermezzo no 3), for orchestra (or piano), Op. 53a
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Sibelius, Jean : Rondinos (2), for piano, Op. 68 :: Rondino no 1 in G sharp minor
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 75 "Trees" :: no 5. Granen (The Spruce)
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Sibelius, Jean : Thirteen Pieces, Op. 76 :: no 2. Étude
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Sibelius, Jean : Thirteen Pieces, Op. 76 :: no 9. Arabesque
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Sibelius, Jean : Thirteen Pieces, Op. 76 :: no 10. Elegiaco
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Sibelius, Jean : Thirteen Pieces, Op. 76 :: no 12. Capriccietto
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Sibelius, Jean : Thirteen Pieces, Op. 76 :: no 13. Harlequinade
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (5) for piano ("The Flowers"), Op. 85
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Sibelius, Jean : Two Pieces for Oscar Parvianen :: Andantino, JS 201
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Sibelius, Jean : Two Pieces for Oscar Parvianen :: Con passione, JS 53
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Sibelius, Jean : Eight Short Pieces, Op. 99 :: no 3. Souvenir
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1922

>Sibelius, Jean : Eight Short Pieces, Op. 99 :: no 7. Moment de valse
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1922

>Sibelius, Jean : Morceaux romantiques (5) (Romantic Pieces), for piano Op. 101 :: Scène romantique
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Sibelius, Jean : Characteristic Impressions (5), for piano, Op. 103 :: The Village Church
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Sibelius, Jean : Landscape no 2, for piano (manuscript)
  • Performer: Folke Grasbeck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928-1929