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Seriously Sibelius / Vänskä, Ylönen, Kuusisto, Lahti SO

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : In memoriam, Op. 59
>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (2) for Violin/Cello and Orchestra, Op. 77
>Sibelius, Jean : Presto for Strings
>Sibelius, Jean : Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22
>Sibelius, Jean : Humoresques (6) for Violin and Orchestra
>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (3) for Orchestra, Op. 96
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
Another Sibelius CD of exceptional interest and fascination from Lahti and Osmo Vänskä in the BIS complete survey. Impressive playing throughout an excellent recording.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The centrepiece of this fine collection is a reconstruction of Lemminkäinen in Tuonela as it sounded at the April 1896 Helsinki premiere. The Three Pieces contain a fetching 18th-century pastiche, 'Autrefois', which incorporates a setting for soprano and contralto of a poem by Hjalmar Procopé. Bookending the programme are the original and revised versions (from 1909 and 1910 respectively) of the funeral march In memoriam, a stark yet noble (and at times intriguingly Mahlerian) processional to remind us that the uncompromising Fourth Symphony was not far off. Vänskä and his bright-eyed Lahti band are on irreproachable form, and the BIS production crews have come up trumps once again with resplendently natural sound.



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : In memoriam, Op. 59
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (2) for Violin/Cello and Orchestra, Op. 77
  • Performer: Marko Ylönen (Cello)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Presto for Strings
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22 :: no 2, Lemminkäinen in Tuonela
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Humoresques (6) for Violin and Orchestra :: no 1 in D minor, Op. 87 no 1
  • Performer: Jaakko Kuusisto (Violin)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (3) for Orchestra, Op. 96
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919-1920
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : In memoriam, Op. 59
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Studio/Live: Studio