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Sibelius: Lemminkainen Suite, Wood Nymph / Vanska

Sibelius
Release Date: 07/08/2014 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1745   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Jean Sibelius is best known for his seven symphonies and violin concerto - two genres usually thought of as 'absolute music'. But in 1894, well before he composed his first symphony, Sibelius described himself in quite different terms: 'really I am a tone painter and poet'. It was around this time that he was working on the two works presented here, both tone poems which spring from an extra-musical inspiration. The source of the Lemminkäinen Suite is the Finnish national epic Kalevala, and its four movements - of which especially The Swan of Tuonela is often performed separately - tell of the adventures of the young hero
Read more Lemminkäinen: his amorous escapades on a paradisiacal island peopled only by women, his journey to the land of the dead (Tuonela) and how he himself dies there only to be brought back to life by his mother's magic spells; and finally his return home after a long series of wars and battles. The Kalevala furnished Sibelius with the subjects of many other compositions, but for The Wood-Nymph, it was a poem by the Swedish poet Viktor Rydberg that provided the inspiration - the story of a carefree young man who, lost in a forest, encounters a nymph and is seduced by her, only to realize that the incident has cost him any chance of worldly happiness. Although Sibelius' tone poem was warmly received at its première in 1895, it was not published in the composer's lifetime, and soon disappeared from the concert repertoire. The first complete performance of the work in almost 100 years took place only in 1996, with the performers on this disc, a team which has become almost synonymous with top-flight idiomatic Sibelius performances.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Wood nymph, Op. 15 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Finland 
2.
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893/1895; Finland 

Sound Samples

Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22: I. Lemminkainen and the Maidens of the Island
Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22: II. The Swan of Tuonela
Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22: III. Lemminkainen in Tuonela
Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22: IV. Lemminkainen's Return
The Wood Nymph, Op. 15*: The Wood Nymph, Op. 15

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Lemminkainen August 13, 2014 By Linda R. (Hastings, Victoria) See All My Reviews "My favourite Sibelius. This is not as good as Jarvi's recording on the same label. The Swan is beautiful so peaceful and calm. The swan was played at the end of Dad's funeral. He introduced me to Sibelius, an introduction I ignored for many years but grew to love his music. After having now been to Finland and indeed his home, I understand the music somewhat better. Finland is so different to Australia." Report Abuse
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