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Sibelius: Works For Piano / Ralf Gothoni


Release Date: 06/20/1995 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 847   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ralf Gothóni
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gothóni's playing is of an entirely different league and his artistry of a different order. His account of Kyllikki is commanding, full of character and imagination. Whether in the Five Pieces, Op. 75, or the finely wrought Song in the Forest from Esquisses, Op. 114 Gothóni plays with both authority and sensitivity. While the piano music is, by the exalted standards Sibelius set elsewhere, limited in resource he never – to quote Glenn Gould – "wrote against the grain of the keyboard". Gothóni shapes and colours every phrase with fantasy and without the slightest trace of exaggeration. The Op. 34 Bagatelles are particularly successful and persuasive.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Kyllikki, Op. 41 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Finland 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Järvenpää Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 12 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Pieces (10) for Piano, Op. 24: no 10, Barcarolle by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1903; Finland 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Järvenpää Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 75 "Trees" by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Järvenpää Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 11 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4.
Pieces (10) for Piano, Op. 34 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1916; Finland 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Järvenpää Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 15 Minutes 25 Secs. 
5.
Esquisses (5) for Piano, Op. 114 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Finland 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Järvenpää Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 10 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Järvenpää Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Jean Sibelius 
7.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ralf Gothóni (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Järvenpää Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Jean Sibelius
Composition written: Finland (1899 - 1900). 

Featured Sound Samples

Pieces for Piano, op 75 "Trees": No 4: The Birch
Pieces for Piano, op 34: No 1: Valse

Sound Samples

Kyllikki, Op. 41: No. 1. Largamente - Allegro
Kyllikki, Op. 41: No. 2. Andantino
Kyllikki, Op. 41: No. 3. Commodo
10 Pieces, Op. 24: No. 10. Barcarole
5 Pieces, Op. 75, "The Trees": No. 1. Kun pihlaja kukkii (When the Rowan Tree Flowers)
5 Pieces, Op. 75, "The Trees": No. 2. Yksinainen bonka (The Lonely Pine)
5 Pieces, Op. 75, "The Trees": No. 3. Haapa (The Aspen)
5 Pieces, Op. 75, "The Trees": No. 4. Koivu (The Birch)
5 Pieces, Op. 75, "The Trees": No. 5. Kuusi (The Spruce)
10 Little Pieces, Op. 34: No. 1. Valse
10 Little Pieces, Op. 34: No. 2. Air de danse
10 Little Pieces, Op. 34: No. 3. Mazurka
10 Little Pieces, Op. 34: No. 4. Couplet
10 Little Pieces, Op. 34: No. 5. Boutade
10 Little Pieces, Op. 34: No. 6. Reverie
10 Little Pieces, Op. 34: No. 7. Danse pastorale
10 Little Pieces, Op. 34: No. 8. Joueur de harpe
10 Little Pieces, Op. 34: No. 9. Reconnaissance
10 Little Pieces, Op. 34: No. 10. Souvenir
5 Esquisses, Op. 114: No. 1. Maisema (Landscape)
5 Esquisses, Op. 114: No. 2. Talvikuva (Winter Scene)
5 Esquisses, Op. 114: No. 3. Metsalampi (Forest Lake)
5 Esquisses, Op. 114: No. 4. Metsalaulu (Song in the Forest)
5 Esquisses, Op. 114: No. 5. Kevatnaky (Spring Vision)
Valse triste, Op. 44, No. 1 (version for piano)
Finlandia, Op. 26 (version for piano)

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