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Sibelius Edition Vol 4 - Piano Music


Release Date: 05/27/2008 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1909/11   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke GräsbeckLasse Pöysti
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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The piano music of Sibelius might be regarded as a well-kept secret, overshadowed by his orchestral music. The sheer volume of piano works suggests, however, that the composer's often-cited dislike for the instrument has been greatly exaggerated. Many of the present works belong to the first part of Sibelius’s career – including his student days – and are included in the manuscript collection that was donated by the Sibelius family to Helsinki University Library. The overwhelming majority of these early works were resurrected by Folke Gräsbeck, who also performs them here.

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Read more backbone of the present installment of the Sibelius Edition is made up of three previously released discs, but it also includes more than two discs’ worth of recordings that have not been released before, including a number of world premières. Apart from student compositions and youthful pieces, the program also contains some of Sibelius’s most well-known piano works, such as the Romance in D flat major (Op. 24), Six impromptus and Sonata in F major. Of special interest are also the pieces which relate to other genres in Sibelius’s output, such as a preliminary sketch for the slow movement of Symphony No.1, as well as the composer’s own transcriptions of some of his most well-loved works, including Valse triste and Finlandia. (5 CDs for the price of 3)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Molto moderato and Scherzo for 2 Violins, Viola and Cello, JS 134 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1885; Finland 
2.
Tempo di Valse for Piano in E flat major, JS 150 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; Finland 
3.
Andantino for Piano in E major, JS 41 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; Finland 
4.
Presto for Piano in A minor, JS 6 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; Finland 
5.
Allegretto for Piano in G minor, JS 24 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; Finland 
6.
Moderato and Presto for Piano in D minor, JS 133 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; Finland 
7.
Largo for Piano in A major, JS 117 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; Finland 
8.
Vivace for Piano in D minor, JS 221 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; Finland 
9.
Adagio for Piano in D major, JS 11 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; Finland 
10.
Polka for Piano in E flat major, JS 75 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1889; Finland 
11.
Suite for Piano, JS 82 "Florestan" by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1889; Finland 
12.
Allegretto for Piano in E major, JS 21 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1889; Finland 
13.
Valse à Betsy Lerche for Piano in A flat major, JS 1 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1889; Finland 
14.
Scherzo for Piano in F sharp minor, JS 164 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891 
15.
Karelia Suite, Op. 11: no 1, Intermezzo by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
16.
Karelia Suite, Op. 11: no 2, Ballade by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
17.
Sonata for Piano in F major, Op. 12 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
18.
Wood nymph, Op. 15 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Lasse Pöysti (Spoken Vocals), Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Finland 
19.
Pieces (10) for Piano, Op. 24 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1903; Finland 
20.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Lasse Pöysti (Spoken Vocals), Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Notes: Composition written: Finland (1899 - 1900). 
21.
King Christian II, Op. 27 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Lasse Pöysti (Spoken Vocals), Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
22.
Choral Songs (3), Op. 31 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Lasse Pöysti (Spoken Vocals), Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
23.
Pieces (10) for Piano, Op. 34 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1916; Finland 
24.
Kyllikki, Op. 41 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Lasse Pöysti (Spoken Vocals), Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Finland 
25.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
26.
Dryad, Op. 45 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Finland 
27.
Dance Intermezzo for Piano, Op. 45 no 2 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Finland 
28.
Variations (11) for Piano on a harmonic forumula in D major by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Finland 
29.
Sonata Allegro for Piano in F minor, JS 179a (fragment) by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889-1890; Finland 

Featured Sound Samples

Dance Intermezzo for Piano
King Christian II: III. Musette
Kuolema: Valse triste
Variations for Piano on a harmonic formula in D

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