Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 5 Piano Transcriptions / Henri Sigfridsson

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>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
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Notes & Reviews:

This world premiere recording will appeal to both fans of piano transcriptions and of Sibelius's music. Finnish pianist Henri Sigfridsson, in his first solo album for Ondine, has used the Sibelius-sanctioned arrangement of the Fifth Symphony by Karl Ekman as a basis for his own adaptation of the Second Symphony. Sigfridsson has emerged as one of the major musical talents from Finland since he won the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Bonn in 2005.

"Not only Sibelius enthusiasts but any lover of piano music will be stimulated by these fascinating transcriptions, their Lisztian virtuosic demands prodigiously met by Sigfridsson...intense imagination is at work here. The combined first movement and scherzo of No 5 builds up a shattering power - it is like a gigantic single thought. No 2 is ravishing." -The Sunday Times

Superconductor
The naturalistic rhythms of the symphony spring to life across the piano keyboard, as Mr. Sigfridsson plays the transcription with taut rhythms and attention to the key details in the score.

MusicWeb International
... if you are a fan of Sibelius - I mean a real genuine warts-and-all fan - then this is a must-have recording which will only enhance your appreciation of the great composer's genius. If you only like Finlandia and find some of the symphonies a bit heavy going then this is unlikely to convert you. This CD doesn't challenge the best of orchestral recordings. These performances exist in a different sphere, and to make comparisons would be to miss the points already made. The recording is very good, but demands a quality system to make sense of the densest material. All in all, I have to say this is a magnificent success, which was by no means my assumption in advance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Järvenpää Hall, Finland.



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>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
  • Performer: Henri Sigfridsson (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (02/19/2011/03/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
  • Performer: Henri Sigfridsson (Piano)
  • Notes: Järvenpää Hall, Finland (10/04/2010/10/06/2010)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1919