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In the Stream of Life: Songs by Sibelius / Finley, Gardner, Bergen Philharmonic


Release Date: 01/20/2017 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 5178  
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Gerald Finley
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The exceptional collaboration and friendship between the late Einojuhani Rautavaara and the internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Gerland Finley culminates in this unique album of orchestral songs by Sibelius, on which the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Edward Gardner. The album offers orchestrations, by Sibelius and others, of songs which Sibelius originally wrote for voice and piano, and includes the premiere recording of ‘In the Stream of Life,’ seven songs orchestrated by Rautavaara for his friend. Throughout, the poetry perfectly reflects the instinctively felt relation between Finnish nature and Sibelius’s music. As Finley reveals: “the recording of [In the Stream of Life] became a very personal project when the Read more sessions took place only a few weeks after [Rautavaara’s] death, in the same week as his funeral… and I am so thankful that a final addition was made possible when in the last months of his life [Rautavaara] agreed to orchestrate “Hjartats morgon” and include it in the group.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pohjola's daughter, Op. 49 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
2.
In the Stream of Life by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Notes: Orchestrated by Einojuhani Rautavaara 
3.
Rapids-shooter's brides, Op. 33 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
4.
Romance for Strings in C major, Op. 42 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Finland 
5.
Hymn to Thaďs by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Finland 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 36: no 6, The diamond on the March snow by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
7.
Josephson Songs (8), Op. 57: no 6, Duke Magnus by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
8.
Oceanides, Op. 73 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
9.
Songs (5), Op. 38: no 2, on a balcony by the sea by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Finland 
10.
Songs (5), Op. 38: no 3, In the night by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Finland 
11.
Twelfth Night, Op. 60: no 1, Come away, death by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 

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