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Sibelius: Piano Miniatures / Håvard Gimse


Release Date: 08/17/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555853   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Håvard Gimse
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Volume Five in Naxos' complete Sibelius piano music cycle is given over to miniatures, most of which fall within modest technical and registral parameters. Although they were intended for home consumption by amateur pianists, a sensitive and imaginative professional like Håvard Gimse can really make these pieces sound vital and characterful. He does marvelous things. For instance, his angular, push/pull rubato in the Impromptu (Op. 99 No. 4) and varied phrasing of No. 12's dotted rhythms underline the music's superficial resemblance to Schumann. The controlled vehemence he brings to the five Op. 101 pieces admirably downplays their sometimes-mawkish melodic invention. And Gimse is fully attuned to the quirky harmonic twists and turns Read more permeating Op. 103 and 114 (these sets might be described as chips off the blocks that fashioned the composer's Sixth and Seventh Symphonies). In short, collectors who've acquired previous volumes of this excellent series need no further recommendation.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 97 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Håvard Gimse (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1920; Finland 
2. Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 99 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Håvard Gimse (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1922; Finland 
3. Romantic Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 101 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Håvard Gimse (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Finland 
4. Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 103 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Håvard Gimse (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Finland 
5. Esquisses (5) for Piano, Op. 114 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Håvard Gimse (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Finland 

Sound Samples

6 Bagatelles, Op. 97: No. 1: Humoreske I
6 Bagatelles, Op. 97: No. 2: Lied
6 Bagatelles, Op. 97: No. 3: Kleiner Waltzer
6 Bagatelles, Op. 97: No. 4: Humoristischer Marsch
6 Bagatelles, Op. 97: No. 5: Impromptu
6 Bagatelles, Op. 97: No. 6: Humoreske II
8 Pieces, Op. 99: No. 1: Piece humoristique
8 Pieces, Op. 99: No. 2: Esquisse
8 Pieces, Op. 99: No. 3: Souvenir
8 Pieces, Op. 99: No. 4: Impromptu
8 Pieces, Op. 99: No. 5: Couplet
8 Pieces, Op. 99: No. 6: Animoso
8 Pieces, Op. 99: No. 7: Moment de valse
8 Pieces, Op. 99: No. 8: Petite marche
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 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
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)

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