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Sibelius Edition Vol 1 - Tone Poems


Release Date: 09/11/2007 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1900   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jukka HirvikangasLeena Saarenpää
Conductor:  Osmo VänskäNeeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony OrchestraGothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 6 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Specially Priced Set! 5 discs for the price of 3!

This entry in BIS's projected 13-volume Sibelius Edition offers all of the popular tone poems as well as a few that are not so familiar, save for die-hard Sibelius collectors. Among these latter are Spring Song, The Dryad, The Bard, The Wood Nymph, and Cassazione (this last not really a tone poem, but never mind). Many of these works were previously released by BIS in recordings with Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony, but the present collection largely offers newer recordings by Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti
Read more Symphony. Järvi's contribution to this set concerns Cassazione and Scènes historiques Nos. 1 & 2.

Given BIS's intention to record "every note he ever wrote", the collection also includes many of the composer's early attempts. Thus, we get two versions each of En Saga (1892 and 1902), The Oceanides, Finlandia, Cassazione, In memoriam, Dance-Intermezzo, Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of the Island, Lemminkäinen in Tuonela (one of which is a reconstruction), and three versions of Lemminkäinen's Return. Listening to these it's easy to conclude that Sibelius clearly knew best, as his final versions are uniformly superior to his early ones, which are less structurally cohesive despite the occasional novel idea.

The performances are superb, the one exception being Vänskä's Lemminkäinen Suite (final version). Here BIS would have done better to include Järvi's better played and better recorded version. It's an unfortunate choice that keeps this set from receiving the highest rating. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful collection that will provide many hours of pleasure, both to neophytes and to seasoned Sibelius lovers. The offer of 5-CDs for the price of 3 helps to make it well-nigh irresistible.

– Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
En saga, Op. 9 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892/1902; Finland 
2.
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893/1895; Finland 
3.
Spring Song, Op. 16 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
4.
Wood nymph, Op. 15 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Finland 
5.
En saga, Op. 9 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892/1902; Finland 
Notes: Final version. 
6.
Cassazione, Op. 6 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895/1904; Finland 
Notes: Original version. 
7.
Musik zu einer Scène by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1904 
8.
Finland Awakes by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Notes: This work is a preliminary version of Finlandia. 
9.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
10.
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jukka Hirvikangas (English Horn)
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893/1895; Finland 
Notes: Final version. 
11.
Pohjola's daughter, Op. 49 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
12.
Nightride and sunrise, Op. 55 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Finland 
13.
Dryad, Op. 45 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Finland 
14.
Dance Intermezzo for Piano, Op. 45 no 2 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Finland 
15.
The Bard, Op. 64 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leena Saarenpää (Harp)
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913/1914; Finland 
16.
Oceanides, Op. 73 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
Notes: Final version. 
17.
Tapiola, Op. 112 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Finland 
18.
Luonnotar, Op. 70 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1910; Finland 
19.
Oceanides, Op. 73 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
Notes: Yale version. 
20.
In memoriam, Op. 59 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Notes: Original version. 
21.
Cassazione, Op. 6 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895/1904; Finland 
Notes: Final version. 
22.
Scènes historiques no 1, Op. 25 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
23.
Scènes historiques no 2, Op. 66 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Finland 

Sound Samples

En saga, Op. 9: Andante assai - Largamente - Allegro - Molto moderato - Allegro - Tranquillo
Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22 (Kalevala: 4 Legends): I. Lemminkainen and the Maidens of the Island: Allegro assai - Allegro
Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22 (Kalevala: 4 Legends): II. Lemminkainen and Tuonela: Largamente - Molto lento - Largamente
Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22 (Kalevala: 4 Legends): III. Lemminkainen's Return: Allegro con fuoco - Molto vivace
Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22 (Kalevala: 4 Legends): IV. Lemminkainen's Return: Allegro con fuoco - Molto vivace - [Quasi presto/ Vivacissimo]
Spring Song, Op. 16: Moderato e molto sostenuto
The Wood Nymph, Op. 15: Alla marcia - Vivae assai - Molto vivace - Tempo I - Moderato - Molto lento
En saga, Op. 9 (Final version): Moderato assai - Allegro - Lento assai - Allegro molto - Moderato e tranquillo
Cassazione, Op. 6 (Original version): Allegro moderato - Molto moderato - Un poco lento - Allegro moderato
Muzik zu einer Scene: Andante di molto - Allegretto
Finland Awakes (Preliminary version of Finlandia): Allegro moderato - Allegro - Poco allegro - Un poco stretto

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