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Sibelius: Violin Concerto; The Bard

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>Sibelius, Jean : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47
>Sibelius, Jean : The Bard, Op. 64
>Sibelius, Jean : The Wood Nymph (Skogsraet), melodrama for speaker, piano, 2 horns & string orchestra, Op. 15

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47
>Sibelius, Jean : The Bard, Op. 64
>Sibelius, Jean : The Wood Nymph (Skogsraet), melodrama for speaker, piano, 2 horns & string orchestra, Op. 15
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Notes & Reviews:

Frank Peter Zimmermann is featured here in the virtuoso Sibelius Violin Concerto, one of the most spectacular late Romantic works in its genre. Its dazzling finale has been described as an 'invocation' filled with 'demonic passion'. Also, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under chief conductor John Storgards performs two powerful tone poems by the same composer. The Bard and The Wood Nymph- works that were premiered by the same orchestra a century ago, conducted by Sibelius himself.

The Telegraph
Frank Peter Zimmermann matches intensity with passionate virtuosity in this performance of Sibelius's Violin Concerto, the Helsinki Philharmonic providing a backcloth of impressive detail, strength and incisiveness.

Classic FM Magazine
Zimmermann...commits to the music with a controlled emotion, delivering a certain coolness to the first movement which moderates slightly as the passion intensifies for the second...The orchestral playing is incisive, rich and powerful especially in the two tone poems.

Gramophone Magazine
With his gorgeously ripe tone, easy swagger and intoxicating range of colour, Zimmermann is every inch the master. Storgårds, too, conducts with alert udnerstanding: those punchy tuttis in the first movement where Sibelius lets the orchestra off the leash are handled with watchful authority.

BBC Music Magazine
If there's a star on this disc it's Anni Kuusimäki, the harpist in the brief but weirdly touching tone-poem The Bard...Zimmermann is determined to peel off the mould of tradition and open up the work afresh...and accordingly gives us an urgent, powerfully driven view of this [first] movement.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helsinki, Finlandia Hall.



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47
  • Performer: Frank Zimmermann (Violin)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Notes: Helsinki, Finlandia Hall (11/19/2008-11/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1903-1904

>Sibelius, Jean : The Bard, Op. 64
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1913

>Sibelius, Jean : The Wood Nymph (Skogsrået), melodrama for speaker, piano, 2 horns & string orchestra, Op. 15
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 24 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894