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Sibelius: Histoical Recordings and Rarities 1928-48

Jean Sibelius Edition / Various
Release Date: 10/02/2015 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 552772   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Helmi [Soprano Vocal] LiukkonenJascha HeifetzEmil TelmányiGerald Moore,   ... 
Conductor:  Robert KajanusSir Thomas BeechamJean SibeliusSir Adrian Boult,   ... 
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 8 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Few pioneering recordings from any era burn with greater passionate intensity than those by the Finnish maestro Robert Kajanus (1856-1933). His identification with his countryman’s music is total, and his dedicated interpretations distill an elemental, astonishing, and poetic power. Kajanus’s towering legacy is one of the many reasons to invest in this set, Beecham’s 1935?39 LPO recordings are another, as are those by Koussevitzky and Boult. There are five songs from contralto Marian Anderson; and Sibelius himself conducting the Andante festivo (Berlin, 1939). Transfers have been consistently well made, and an absorbing booklet essay is included.


Few pioneering recordings from any era burn with greater passionate intensity than those by the Finnish maestro Robert Kajanus (1856-1933). His identification with his countryman’s music is total, and his dedicated interpretations distill an elemental, astonishing, and poetic power. Kajanus’s towering legacy is one of the many reasons to invest in this set, Beecham’s 1935?39 LPO recordings are another, as are those by Koussevitzky and Boult. There are five songs from contralto Marian Anderson; and Sibelius himself conducting the Andante festivo (Berlin, 1939). Transfers have been consistently well made, and an absorbing booklet essay is included. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Robert Kajanus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Length: 34 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Robert Kajanus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Finland 
Length: 38 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Robert Kajanus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Finland 
Length: 29 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Robert Kajanus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915/1919; Finland 
Length: 29 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Karelia Suite, Op. 11: no 1, Intermezzo by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
6.
Karelia Suite, Op. 11: no 3, Alla marcia by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Robert Kajanus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7.
March of the Finnish Jaeger Battalion, Op. 91 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Robert Kajanus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
8.
Andante festivo for Strings and Timpani by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Jean Sibelius
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
9.
Pohjola's daughter, Op. 49 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Robert Kajanus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
Length: 12 Minutes 29 Secs. 
10.
Belshazzar's Feast, Op. 51: Suite by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Robert Kajanus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
Length: 13 Minutes 56 Secs. 
11.
Tapiola, Op. 112 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Robert Kajanus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Finland 
Length: 17 Minutes 46 Secs. 
12.
Nightride and sunrise, Op. 55 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Finland 
Length: 13 Minutes 37 Secs. 
13.
Oceanides, Op. 73 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 
14.
Romance for Strings in C major, Op. 42 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Finland 
Length: 6 Minutes 42 Secs. 
15.
Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Finland 
Length: 32 Minutes 23 Secs. 
16.
The Bard, Op. 64 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913/1914; Finland 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
17.
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46: 8. Entr'acte by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1905 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
18.
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46: 9. Death of Mélisande by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1905 
Length: 6 Minutes 27 Secs. 
19.
In memoriam, Op. 59 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Length: 9 Minutes 6 Secs. 
20.
Luonnotar, Op. 70 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Helmi [Soprano Vocal] Liukkonen ()
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Georg Schnéevoigt
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1910; Finland 
Length: 8 Minutes 48 Secs. 
21.
Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Georg Schnéevoigt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Finland 
Length: 25 Minutes 12 Secs. 
22.
Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Serge Koussevitzky,  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Finland 
Length: 20 Minutes 19 Secs. 
23.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
Length: 27 Minutes 37 Secs. 
24.
En saga, Op. 9 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892/1902; Finland 
Length: 17 Minutes 42 Secs. 
25.
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: no 4, Lemminkäinens return by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1897; Finland 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
26.
Scènes historiques, Op. 25: 3. Festivo by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1911 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
27.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Length: 8 Minutes 58 Secs. 
28.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
29.
Quartet for Strings in D minor, Op. 56 "Voces intimae" by Jean Sibelius
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
Length: 26 Minutes 15 Secs. 
30.
Pieces, Op. 78: 2. Romance in F by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Emil Telmányi (Violin), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915-1917 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
31.
Cinq danses champétres, Op. 106: Danse champêtre No. 2 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Emil Telmányi (Violin), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1924; Finland 
Date of Recording: 03/28/1935 
Venue:  No. 3 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
32.
Cinq danses champétres, Op. 106: Danse champêtre No. 1 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Emil Telmányi (Violin), Georg Vásárhelyi (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1924; Finland 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1936 
Venue:  Electrola Studios, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
33.
Pieces, Op. 81: 1. Mazurka by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Anja Ignatius (Violin), Timo Makkila (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915-1918 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
34.
Pieces, Op. 115: 1. Auf dem Herde by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Anja Ignatius (Violin), Timo Makkila (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1929 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
35.
Malinconia for Cello and Piano, Op. 20 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Galina Werschenska (Piano), Louis Jensen (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Finland 
Length: 9 Minutes 5 Secs. 
36.
Songs (6), Op. 36: no 4, Sigh, sedges, sigh by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kosti Vehanen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
37.
Songs (5), Op. 37: no 5, Maiden's tryst by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kosti Vehanen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
38.
Songs (6), Op. 50: no 4, Aus banger Brust by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kosti Vehanen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
39.
Twelfth Night, Op. 60: no 1, Come away, death by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kosti Vehanen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
40.
Songs (8), Op. 61: no 1, Slowly as the evening sun by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kosti Vehanen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
41.
The Tempest, Suite No. 1, Op. 109/2: Prelude by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1927 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
42.
The Tempest, Suite No. 1, Op. 109/2: 1. The Oak Tree by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1927 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
43.
The Tempest, Suite No. 1, Op. 109/2: 2. Humoresque by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1927 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
44.
The Tempest, Suite No. 1, Op. 109/2: 3. Caliban's Song by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1927 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
45.
The Tempest, Suite No. 1, Op. 109/2: 7. Intrada - Berceuse by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1927 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
46.
The Tempest, Suite No. 2, Op. 109/3: 4. Prospero by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1927 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
47.
The Tempest, Suite No. 2, Op. 109/3: 7. Miranda by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1927 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
48.
Pelléas et Mélisande - Incidental Music, Op. 46: 4. A Spring in the Park by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1905 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
49.
King Christian II Suite, Op. 27: 1. Nocturne by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Armas Järnefelt,  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
50.
King Christian II Suite, Op. 27: 2. Elegy by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Armas Järnefelt,  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
51.
King Christian II Suite, Op. 27: 5. Ballade by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Armas Järnefelt,  Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
52.
Pieces, Op. 24: No. 9 Romance in D flat by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Eileen Joyce (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1895-1903 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 

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 The full span of Sibelius May 17, 2016 By Kenneth O. (Fort Collins, CO) See All My Reviews "This collection assembles many of the lesser known compositions by Sibelius in addition to his better known ones (e.g., Finlandia), and many of these infrequently heard compositions are very enjoyable. A few of the recordings must date from earlier years - their tone and clarity is not as good as the other 85% of the recordings. Nevertheless, it is a nice CD set to have in my library, and I have enjoyed hearing the lesser known pieces by Sibelius." Report Abuse
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