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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

Customer Reviews

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 Sensitive Sibelius February 8, 2015 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "This recording was my first experience hearing piano music by Sibelius. I was carried away immediately! Ralf Gothoni owns the music it seems to me--he'd have to in order to bring it worth so authentically. I consider the disc a true musical treasure." Report Abuse
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