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THE UNKNOWN SIBELIUS


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The Unknown Sibelius presents a spectrum of the music that is the least wide-spread of the Finnish
master’s production, either because the pieces included belong to genres not usually associated with
‘Sibelius the symphonist’, or because they appear in versions that differ from the ones that are
performed frequently all over the world. A case in point is the opening Finland Awakes, a rarely
heard version of what is possibly Sibelius’ best-known piece, Finlandia, in which the famous ‘hymn’
tune is restated in full, scored with unashamed flamboyance for brass, at the end of the piece. That
recording and others on this disc are culled from the complete SIBELIUS EDITION brought to a close
in 2011 – but completeness is a relative concept: a ‘complete’ edition is only complete until the next
mislaid manuscript or forgotten work is re-discovered. The present disc thus serves a dual purpose,
as it also includes première recordings of works and fragments that have been discovered or
otherwise have become available after the EDITION was brought to a close. Among these, the late
orchestral fragments earned a certain celebrity in October 2011, as media across the world greeted
the discovery of what was soon proclaimed to be sketches for the famed 8th Symphony – that
elusive Holy Grail of all Sibelius-spotters. Dr. Timo Virtanen, the respected authority on Sibelius, has
prepared the sketches for the present recording and also written a text – available on the BIS web
site – discussing them and the context in which they may have been written. If the orchestral
fragments generally tend towards the harmonically bold sound world that Sibelius explored in some
of his very late works, the three piano pieces that have also come to recent light are earlier works
which all in different ways are connected to other compositions by Sibelius.
Facts
Item number BIS-2065
Barcode 7318590020654
Release date 7/30/2013
Category Classical Music
Label BIS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Various Artists
Disc: 1
1 Finland Awakes 00:08:27 Vänskä, Osmo Lahti Symphony Orchestra
2 The Oceanides, Op. 73 (Yale version) 00:07:25 Vänskä, Osmo Lahti Symphony Orchestra
3 Jag kysser dig ej (I kiss you and weary not) 00:00:54 Grasbeck, Folke Juntunen, Helena
4 Tule, tule, kultani, JS 211 (Come, come, my sweeth 00:01:14 Grasbeck, Folke Suovanen, Gabriel
5 Tanken, JS 192 (The Thought) 00:01:29 Otter, Anne Sofie von Forsberg, Bengt Groop, Monica
6 Italian Folk Songs, JS 99: No. 1. Oje Carulì (Oh C 00:02:49 Hynninen, Jorma Grasbeck, Folke Murto, Seppo Dominante Choir
7 Italian Folk Songs, JS 99: No. 2. Trippole trappol 00:01:57 Hynninen, Jorma Grasbeck, Folke Murto, Seppo Dominante Choir
8 Fridolins dårskap, JS 84 (Fridolin's Folly) 00:02:27 Orphei Drängar Sund, Robert
9 Jone havsfärd, JS 100 (Jonah's Voyage) 00:02:29 Orphei Drängar Sund, Robert
10 Serenata, JS 169 00:06:53 Kuusisto, Jaakko Turunen, Taneli Vikman, Laura
11 Ödlan, Op. 8: Scene 1 (The Lizard) 00:02:43 Kuusisto, Jaakko Lasonpalo, Jyrki Turunen, Taneli Munter, Eero Gribajcevic, Anna Kreetta Vikman, Laura
12 Ödlan, Op. 8: Scene 2 (The Lizard) 00:14:12 Kuusisto, Jaakko Lasonpalo, Jyrki Turunen, Taneli Munter, Eero Gribajcevic, Anna Kreetta Vikman, Laura
13 Andantino in D Major 00:02:54 Grasbeck, Folke
14 Impromptu in B Minor 00:07:12 Grasbeck, Folke
15 Adagio in E Major, JS 13 00:01:50 Grasbeck, Folke
16 Adagio, JS 161, "Rakkaalle Ainolle" (To My Beloved 00:04:29 Grasbeck, Folke Lonnqvist, Peter
17 4 Orchestral Fragments: HUL 1325 00:01:19 Kamu, Okko Lahti Symphony Orchestra
18 4 Orchestral Fragments: HUL 1326/9 00:00:18 Kamu, Okko Lahti Symphony Orchestra
19 4 Orchestral Fragments: HUL 1326/10 00:00:24 Kamu, Okko Lahti Symphony Orchestra
20 4 Orchestral Fragments: HUL 1327 00:01:09 Kamu, Okko Lahti Symphony Orchestra
21 Processional, Op. 113, No. 6 (version for orchestr 00:03:41 Vänskä, Osmo Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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