WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Sibelius / Andsnes


Release Date: 10/06/2017 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 540850  
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Number of Discs: 1 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews



Swedish pianist Leif Ove Andsnes follows his string of award-winning Beethoven concerto recordings with a new album of solo piano works by Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. Sibelius wrote over 150 works for the piano, but the composer's works for the instrument have long languished in the shadow of his orchestral music. Andsnes scoured Sibelius' entire piano output, carefully selecting the pieces he believes deserve recognition and with which he feels a strong personal connection, uncovering intriguing works with the wonderful Sibelius qualities we know. This new recording includes the composer's own piano arrangement of his famous Valse triste, excerpts from the popular
Read more Ten Pieces Op 24 and early Six Impromptus Op 5, as well as the piano score that is often considered Sibelius's finest: the expressive Three Lyric Pieces Op 41 subtitled Kyllikki. An important aspect for Andsnes in compiling the recording was to follow the chronology of the works which span most of Sibelius' career. The pianist sees himself on a mission to present this neglected facet of the Finnish composer. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Impromptus (6) for Piano, Op. 5: no 5, Vivace in B minor by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
2.
Impromptus (6) for Piano, Op. 5: no 6, Commodo in E major by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
3.
Kyllikki, Op. 41 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Finland 
4.
Pieces (10) for Piano, Op. 24: no 9, Romance in D flat major by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1903; Finland 
5.
Pieces (10) for Piano, Op. 24: no 10, Barcarolle by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1903; Finland 
6.
Pieces (10) for PIano, Op. 58: No. 4, Der Hirt by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
7.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
8.
Sonatinas (3) for Piano, Op. 67: no 1 in F sharp minor by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Finland 
9.
Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 75 "Trees": no 4, The birch by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
10.
Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 75 "Trees": no 5, The spruce by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
11.
Rondinos (2) for Piano, Op. 68: no 2 in C sharp minor by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Finland 
12.
Pieces (13) for Piano, Op. 76: no 10, Elegiaco by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1914; Finland 
13.
Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 97: no 5, Impromptu by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1920; Finland 
14.
Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 97: no 4, Humoristscher Marsch by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
15.
Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 97: no 2, Lied by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1920; Finland 
16.
Esquisses (5) for Piano, Op. 114 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Finland 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 New From Sibelius January 14, 2018 By Basil De Pinto (Piedmont, CA) See All My Reviews "The truly great pianist Leif Ove Andsnes needs no introduction or encomium at this late date but his recording of piano music by Sibelius is a tribute not only to his well known artistry but to the breadth of his searching intellect. Well known for symphonies, the violin concerto and a wealth of other orchestral compositions, Sibelius now comes to us, thanks to Mr. Andsdes's research, as a composer of some truly lovely piano pieces. This disc opens with a couple of impromptus that set the tone for the whole; graceful and lyrical, they beguile with melody, leaving plenty of room for the pianist's scintillating technique. The same is true of Granen (The Spruce); less than three minutes in length it charms and fascinates in equal measure. If some of the pieces are slighter in quality, that in no way diminishes the delight of the works as a whole. A real gem." Report Abuse
Review This Title