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Sibelius: Piano Works / Kyoko Tabe


Release Date: 08/22/2000 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9833   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kyoko Tabe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Those expecting the grandeur of Sibelius's great symphonies or his sweeping tone poems will be disappointed by this collection of modest, sometimes understated works for solo piano. The violin, not the piano, was Sibelius's instrument of choice and these works do lack the languid moodiness found in his more well-known works, and which can only be provided by the fullness of strings (and the underscoring of the woodwinds). Indeed, Sibelius went out of his way to keep these five works out of circulation during his lifetime for fear they might diminish the impact of his greater works. Though clearly Romantic in temperament, these piano pieces have echoes mostly of Germanic influences, principally the staid even-temperedness of Brahms. Also Read more present here are Chopinesque maneuvers, mostly the way that the writing for the left hand and writing for the right hand neatly balance out one another (as opposed to his symphonies and tone poems which doggedly explore the lower registers). This, however, may be more a performance preference of Kyoko Tabe. Her touch is delicate and considered, more than adequate to the modest task at hand, and my suspicion is that the lack of Sibelius' distinct romanticism in these works comes from the music and not Ms. Tabe's take on it. As usual, the Chandos sound is on the mark, leaning more toward warmth than sharpness.

--Paul Cook, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Romantic Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 101 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kyoko Tabe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Finland 
2. Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 75 "Trees" by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kyoko Tabe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
3. Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 85 "Flowers" by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kyoko Tabe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Finland 
4. Esquisses (5) for Piano, Op. 114 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kyoko Tabe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Finland 
5. Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 103 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kyoko Tabe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Finland 

Sound Samples

5 Romantic Pieces, Op. 101: No. 1. Romance
5 Romantic Pieces, Op. 101: No. 2. Chant du soir
5 Romantic Pieces, Op. 101: No. 3. Scene lyrique
5 Romantic Pieces, Op. 101: No. 4. Humoresque
5 Romantic Pieces, Op. 101: No. 5. Scene romantique
5 Pieces, Op. 75, "The Trees": No. 1. Nar ronnen blommar (When the Rowan Blossoms)
5 Pieces, Op. 75, "The Trees": No. 2. Den ensamma furan (The Lonely Fir)
5 Pieces, Op. 75, "The Trees": No. 3. Aspen (The Aspen)
5 Pieces, Op. 75, "The Trees": No. 4. Bjorken (The Birch Tree)
5 Pieces, Op. 75, "The Trees": No. 5. Granen (The Spruce)
5 Pieces, Op. 85, "The Flowers": No. 3. Aquileja
5 Pieces, Op. 85, "The Flowers": No. 1. Oeillet
5 Pieces, Op. 85, "The Flowers": No. 2. Iris
5 Pieces, Op. 85, "The Flowers": No. 5. Mandolinato
5 Pieces, Op. 85, "The Flowers": No. 4. Campanula
5 Esquisses, Op. 114: No. 1. Landscape
5 Esquisses, Op. 114: No. 2. Winter Scene
5 Esquisses, Op. 114: No. 3. Forest Lake
5 Esquisses, Op. 114: No. 4. Song in the Forest
5 Esquisses, Op. 114: No. 5. Spring Vision
5 Characteristic Impressions, Op. 103: No. 1. The Village Church
5 Characteristic Impressions, Op. 103: No. 2. The Fiddler
5 Characteristic Impressions, Op. 103: No. 3. The Oarsman
5 Characteristic Impressions, Op. 103: No. 4. The Storm
5 Characteristic Impressions, Op. 103: No. 5. In Mournful Mood

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