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Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957)
The Essential SIBELIUS

Symphonies 1-7, En Saga, Pohjola, Valse Triste, Finlandia, Tapiola, Violin Concerto, 2 Serious Melodies, 2 Serenades, 6 Humoresques, Kullervo, Wood-Nymph, Lemminkainen Suite, Karelia, Scenes Historiques, Song of the Athenians, The Origin of Fire, The Captive Queen, Rakastava, Andante Festivo, King Christian Suite, Pelleas and Melisande, The Tempest, Snöfrid, The Bard, Oceanides, Luonnotar, The Broken Voice, The Boat Journey, Song of my Heart and other songs, 2 String Quartets, Piano Trio, Piano Quintet, Water Drops, Andante Cantabile, Violin Sonata, Malincolia, 4 Violin Pieces, Violin Sonatina, 2 Danses Champêtres, Florestan, Impromptu, Piano Sonata, Romance, Kyllikki, 3 Sonatinas, The Solitary Fir Tree, The Spruce, Scène Romantique, The Village Church
Helena Juntunen, (soprano), MariAnne Häggander, (soprano), Lilli Paasikivi, (mezzo), Monica Groop, (mezzo), Anne Sofie von Otter mezzo), Jorma Hynninen, (baritone), Raimo Laukka, (baritone), Tommi Hakala, (baritone), Sauli Tiilikainen, (baritone), Stina Ekblad, (narrator), Lasse Pöysti, (narrator), Leonidas Kavakos, (violin), Laura Vikman, (violin), Nils-Erik Sparf, (violin), Jaakko Kuusisto, (violin), Anna Kreetta Gribajcevic, (viola), Marko Ylönen, (cello), Taneli Turunen, (cello), Torleif Thedéen, (cello), Joel Laakso, (cello), Erik T. Tawaststjerna, (piano), Bengt Forsberg, (piano), Folke Gräsbeck, (piano), Love Derwinger, (piano), Harri Viitanen, (harmonium), Tempera Quartet, (string quartet)
Helsinki University Chorus, (choir), Lahti Boys' Choir, (choir), Dominante Choir, (choir), Jubilate Choir, (choir), Orphei Drängar, (choir)
Leonidas Kavakos (violin); Dong-Suk Kang (violin); Tempera Quartet
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
rec. 1979-2006, Finland, ADD (only trs 9-22 of CD15)/DDD
15 CDs for the price of 4
Full track-listing at end of review
BIS-CD-1697-1700 [15 CDs: 75:32 + 76:10 + 77:20 + 68:16 + 78:19 + 80:46 + 71:36 + 76:27 + 80:11 + 77:02 + 79:39 + 75:48 + 79:13 + 77:42 + 78:01]

2007 sees the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Sibelius. For good or ill such calendar ‘events’ provide a catalyst for various forms of activity. Celebrations seem out of place given that it is half a century since Sibelius died. What we celebrate is his music and in that case, given the long silence from Järvenpää, perhaps we should in future look away from 1957 and concentrate on some date in the early 1920s when Sibelius’s last substantial compositions emerged into the world.

From the founding of Bis by Robert von Bahr in the early 1970s the plan has been to record every single note Sibelius wrote. That goal is to produce the most comprehensive edition of any composer in the history of music; quite a challenege when you look at what has been done for Bach and Mozart. According to Robert von Bahr that goal is ‘around the corner’. This box is a thoughtful and capacious prelude to the Complete Edition. The pricing serves to reflect both the fact that much here is reissued from existing discs and also perhaps that the music is made more accessible to music-lovers, students and schools everywhere.

Major omissions in a box running to fifteen discs and claiming to capture The Essential Sibelius? There is only one and that is the curious absence of the tone poem Nightride and Sunrise. Whatever happened? Otherwise the challenge thrown down by such a title has been triumphantly met over five hours short of a full day’s continuous playing. In a world where such a title usually denotes a single or double disc of movements and short snippets (see Warner-Finlandia 0630130342) this Bis collection is a seriously considered and confidently executed project.

What do you get? All the symphonies are there including Kullervo and Lemminkainen although not the original version of the Fifth Symphony. The Violin Concerto and many of the violin concertante pieces (including the blessed Humoresques) are lined up but again not the original version of the concerto which was issued by Bis back-to-back with the final edition. The tone poems are present and correct including a substantial and out of the ordinary one: The Wood Nymph. You will not get the various original versions issued in occasional anthologies as part of the Bis Complete Sibelius Edition. There’s a selection of the best incidental music; it’s a pity they could not have squeezed in some movements from Belshazzar’s Feast. We also get some of the choral music (male, female and mixed) with and without orchestra. Disc 11 carries thirty songs nicely grouped and alternated and variously for solo voice and piano and for voice and orchestra. Two string quartets are there: the famous Voces Intimae and the very early A minor work. We also have the 1887 Piano Trio and the 1890 Piano Quintet (both completely new to me). Disc 14 has various works for violin (or cello) with piano and these include his earliest surviving piece Water Drops for cello and piano (1875). Tucked in on CD 14 you will hear a big Violin Sonata from 1889 and a Sonatina from 1915. Lastly Folke Gräsbeck and Erik Tawaststjerna play a trencherman’s slice of the solo piano music including the sonatinas (1912) and Kyllikki (1904) beloved of Glenn Gould.

Another thing … when I first glanced at this edition I thought this would be a simple repackaging of existing CDs lifted off the shelf and maybe relabelled. No such thing. Only CDs 1, 2, 4 and 6 are as originally issued. Everything else has been thoughtfully re-coupled and re-assembled. Amongst the 19+ hours of music we find world première recordings of The Watersprite (Näcken), a brief ‘melodrama’ for mezzo, narrator and piano trio. A good ninety minutes of this set comprises recent and previously unreleased recordings. They are: Tulen Synty, Voces Intimae, Sortunut ääni, Venematka, Sydämeni laulu, Till havs, Fridolins dårskap, Jone havsfärd, Jääkärien marssi, Näcken, Voces Intimae, the Piano Quintet, Vattendroppar.

Every CD is fully loaded … or close. The notes are in a 132 page booklet. This sits with the discs inside the wallet-style case which is about 1.25" thick. Each CD is in a plain paper sleeve with contents and disc number visible through a transparent window in the sleeve. The booklet has an introduction by Robert von Bahr, a full contents list (minus discographical details such as date and location of recording sessions) over 14 pages. An extended essay by Andrew Barnett; this runs to 13 pages with translations into Finnish, French, German and (I think) Japanese. Any sung or spoken words are printed in full with translation into English … and Bis take the trouble to mark each of the text pages with a ‘dog ear’ pointing you to the relevant disc number for that work. There are a smattering of good photographs of the composer and the artists.

The Lahti Sibelius symphony cycle is healthy and extremely well recorded. The sense of front-to-back perspective and of quiet details in the foreground registering despite fff activity above is remarkable and a tribute to the Bis team.

The First Symphony bristles with detail and Vänskä drives it along with petulant aggression. He does not have the tone-dazzle of Barbirolli-EMI version - which remains a favourite – but the colour achieved is natural, less saturated than the EMI. The Fourth is played as an intimate concerto for orchestra bringing out, more than many, roots in works such as Rakastava and the lighter world. It is a finessed interpretation: the flute, viola and cello voices eloquently beckon. The Second Symphony has had many incandescent performances: Barbirolli on Chesky (white hot), Beecham in concert at the RFH and the unsubtle but visceral approach from Rozhdestvensky and the USSRSO (now issued in a not widely circulated Venetia set). The Third and Sixth are works close to my heart. The Third here has Mozartian intimacy as well as a bristling urgency. This tautness and perfection of balance is clearly prized by Vänskä making this one of the strongest recordings in the set. Highly recommended; as is the luminous Sixth in which buoyant poise and delight in instrumental dialogue carry the day. With the Seventh I doubted whether the conductor had found the aural equivalent of the mot juste. Until I got to 5.01 when Vänskä's strategy is revealed with its perfectly paced swell and rise I had my doubts. My reference remains the Melodiya Mravinsky Leningrad Phil recording and the mid-1960s reading from Ormandy on CBS but this Bis version is high in the stakes. The BIS Tapiola is also another miracle of balance and spontaneity. Vänskä knows his way to the elusive realm between gestural defiance and grateful descant. His emphatic way with the culminating hammer-blows at the end of the Fifth is just one example of a man who has rethought and reinvented the symphonies finding a way back through layers of convention.

After the Fifth Symphony En Saga is mysterious and tense just as it should be but not superior to the Horst Stein (Decca) or the famous Furtwängler (M&A) versions. Pohjola’s Daughter, surely one of the most miraculously imaginative pieces of music, has its beguilingly feminine qualities fully brought out. The fantasy dimension is not so vividly coloured in as it is by Stein. Bis’s again confirms its reputation for full range recording with a mere breathed whisper contrasted with great gusts of sound – the entire ambit. The gruffly authoritative and mordant Finlandia is further corroboration and is among the best of versions. In a set claiming to be ‘The Essential’ Sibelius Valse Triste has to be there and so it is and safely in the hands of Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. The little known The Wood Nymph is not the waif-like impressionistic piece you might anticipate from the title. It was after all written in 1895 and bears something of a resemblance to the tone poems of Kajanus and to the spirit but not the style of the Eben-based Dvořák tone poems. It’s a fascinating choice and across its twenty-plus minutes is full of surprises and echoes of En Saga (especially), Karelia and the Lemminkainen Legends which it precedes on disc 7. Do not expect the equivalent of The Bard. This is early and ripely romantic Sibelius with infusions from Wagner and Liszt. I think you’ll love it. It includes some truly regal writing. So far as the Lemminkainen Legends are concerned this has been lifted from Bis CD1015 but shorn of the 1896 versions of the Maidens of the Island and Homeward Journey. The recording is splendid and full-blooded – especially strong in the bass. Disc 8 takes us back to the orchestra and conductor who the Bis series in motion: Neeme Järvi and the Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra. The Karelia Suite’s Intermezzo is given a powerful engine room ostinato pulse – a sensationally exciting violin swirling whirlwind build-up but the famous theme seems stiltedly deliberate to these ears. We will return to Järvi and his Swedish colleagues for the theatre music suites on Disc 9. Tulen Synty may be earlyish but it was revised in 1910 and has all the finish of fully mature Sibelius operating with a text which completely entangled his imagination. The excellent Dominante Choir contribute The Captive Queen staunchly and with unstoppable unanimity and tenderness.

Vanska's Kullervo is carefully calculated from its low key casually relaxed opening through the careful building of tension and the weighing of parts and speed. He conveys a whiplash quality to the chasing figuration at 2:37 in I. An epic fatigue saturates the second movement. This slow motion approach pays off with those little descending violin sighs at 1.23 onwards and at the same time hitherto unmade linkages with Valse Triste are suggested. In III Vänskä and the Lahti orchestra actively bristle and bustle with energy. Like the latest Colin Davis with the LSO this is amongst the longest of Kullervos. The choir on their entry at 1.47 in III is confiding rather than oratorical. It is a feature of this issue that the choir are held firmly in check rather than let loose as they are in the glorious Berglund I. Yet the choir are wonderful in the final tragic landscape with singing of great subtlety in a believable but not sensational acoustic. The woodwind have an eminence and eloquence missing from other versions including my reference versions which are Berglund I, Colin Davis II (LSO Live) and Spano (Telarc). The eldritch moonlit landscape and the tragedy of Kullervo's actions are superbly conveyed in the finale.

Sibelius's only concerto is done enchantingly in a way that suggests Kavakos was also born to record the Prokofiev First Concerto. Again the balance is natural without sensationalising the soloist. This is not the aural relationship demanded by Heifetz or accorded to the rapturous Oistrakh with Rozhdestvensky. On the other hand the rasping brass barks in the first movement reach out and shake the listener - a characteristic of the balance throughout. Kavakos's tone is steady and not at all tremulous. With Vänskä he conveys the grandeur of this work with a clean tone that recalls that of Mullova and Sitkovetsky rather than the vibrato heavy Ricci and Sarbu.

Bis chose well when they selected the cello versions only just released on Laetare Anima Mea and Ab imo pectare (first encountered in a Koch collection recorded by Ralph Holmes – does anyone out there have a copy? Ed.) even if they do bring out the Bruch side of Sibelius's muse. The two Serenades ‘sung’ by the more rapturously Oistrakh-like Kang are sentimental and are recorded with rich immediacy. The Six Humoresques also arrive courtesy of Kang. These are magical bonbons - each weighted and balanced to perfection even though I favour the rawer vintage set glowingly recorded by Rosand and still available on Vox. True Sibelians must not miss these works and Kang and his orchestra do catch these silvery spells and confident little drinking songs - pride and eloquence, seduction and midnight poetry haunt these pages and it's all one especially well.

Rakastava is there too in its version for strings, timpani and triangle as you would expect from an Essential Sibelius Collection. Too often in the entry level classical market something claiming to be The Essential this or that is just a slightly superior excuse for gathering the most popular or favourite pieces. Valse Triste, The Swan of Tuonela, Rakastava and Finlandia all fit that category although both The Swan and Rakastava are sensitive and subtle pastels. They are here alongside more considered essential works. Across fifteen CDs the substantial output of a major composer can be more satisfactorily addressed leaving room for most listeners including this one to make discoveries – mine included The Water Nymph, the Finnish Jäger March and much of the early chamber music. By the way, on disc 10 you can hear the mixed choral version of Rakastava - The Lover (tr. 8). Most of these are from the hectically productive 1890s. But event the later short choral items from the 1900s and 1910s cater to the appetite for unison songs that are stern or honeyed and which depend for their effect on a sustained muscular tone.

Fascinatingly the March of the Finnish Jäger Battalion from 1917-1918 with its romping and crashing military band accompaniment has the upbeat oompah quick-march zest of a confident Soviet anthem.

The disc plays out with the two minute Finlandia Hymn written in 1899-1900 and arranged in 1948. It's sung and recorded with ringing passion to set the rafters resonating.

The theatre music is represented by Järvi's three suites. For all that there may have been criticisms of his cycle of the symphonies the recordings of the theatre suites are well worth experiencing for their watercolour fancy, surging ardour, finely etched melancholy, Ruritanian romance and dark drama as in The Ballad of King Christian II. Just occasionally the mix goes flat as in the earthbound Musette of King Christian II but in general this is very enjoyable. There are eight sections from the Pelléas et Mélisande music including the famous Sky at Night movement - At the Castle Gate. Equally a favourite is the chirpy Entr'acte. By A Spring in the Park looks over its shoulder at Tchaikovsky's symphonic ballet waltzes. He is even stronger in the strikingly original music for The Tempest from which we get eleven movements. This sequence culminates in The Storm which in its exclamatory turbulence is prefigured by the even more volcanic Intrada (tr. 18). The Berceuse applies the balm.

Disc 10 mixes choral alone (mostly male) with choral with orchestra and three orchestral tone poems. It starts with an oddity - the heroic Snöfrid – a Swedish language melodrama for orator, chorus and orchestra. The minimalistic The Bard proceeds at a slow heartbeat of a pulse - allowing eternity for the harper-skald's tale to be told - a tale without overt dramatics. Contrast this with the marine chiming of The Oceanides with its cross-currents from warm theatrical music meeting the chill life-giving draughts of the Fourth Symphony and The Bard. Then, as if from another planet or a distant primeval time, comes the wondrous Luonnotar, a masterpiece central to any Sibelius collection. I am not clear why Bis felt it necessary to duplicate the MariAnne Häggander recording with Jorma Panula in the early 1980s but Juntunen is excellent with a steady and responsively potent voice. Hers is youthful and pliant where Bryn-Julson for Bernstein and Gwyneth Jones for Dorati were heavily operatic. I continue to rate very highly the Berglund-Bournemouth version where Taru Valjakka was pretty much ideal and remains so though the EMI recording is now more than a quarter century old. Three male voice choruses from the 1890s typical of the rumbustious powers of the male student university choir conclude the disc.

Sibelius wrote many songs as we know from the fine four CD Decca Krause/Söderström set. There are thirty on disc 11. Von Otter shows the range of mood is well within her fach. from the forthright Svarta Rosor to the gentle raindrop insistence of Säv, säv, susa to the bleak melancholy of Im Feld ein Mädchen singt to the Gothic romping of Aus Banger Brust to the starry spell and glisten of Die Stille Stadt. The richer palette of the orchestra adds to the four songs allocated to MariAnne Häggander. She is at her clarion strongest in the operatic Höstkvall (Autumn Evening).

Näcken is for mezzo, narrator, violin, cello and piano. This very brief piece takes on the character of a soirée special. Monica Groop is the mezzo in the song Näcken (distinct from the last-mentioned piece). She can also be heard in seven songs with piano - this time with pianist Love Derwinger rather than Bengt Forsberg who is Von Otter's accompanist of choice. Näcken – the song - is strange with its watery trills and evocations of great cold depths. It is accorded a virtuoso interpretation. The Echo Nymph is another classic Scandinavian song with its chiming lyrical line. I systrar/Bröder/Alskäne Pär is shaped around the lilt of the waltz.

Four songs feature Jorma Hynninen's baritone with orchestra and include the noble Demanten på marssnön and the magically shimmering and swinging Song of the Cross Spider. On a Balcony by the Sea is defiantly operatic making you wonder why his only completed opera The Maiden in the Tower (also recorded by Bis) is so lacking in spark. The last seven songs are allocated to Von Otter. The most turbulently emotional is the wonderfully dramatic The Tryst (Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte). Groop and Von Otter finally sing together and are joined by Forsberg for the very brief The Thought.

Chamber music, especially from Sibelius’s early years, is numerous. A practical man, he produced in genres that were more likely to command performance. Typically this took place in his cultured home surrounded by friends and family many of whom were accomplished musicians. The Sibelius style had yet to take form in the 1870s and 1880s. As if to furnish proof we hear as much in the isolated Moderato movement from 1889. There’s certainly Schubertian fluency and eloquence with the glint of one or two disorientating currents from the true Sibelius. The A minor quartet is a substantial four movement work running close to 35 minutes. Already elements of distinctive personality float free from a predominantly haunting and serene Dvořákian texture. The writing is especially graceful and warm at the start of the Allegro (III) - recognisably Sibelian. This quartet would be an apt companion in a concert including some Mozart or Schumann on a programme also spiced with Weigl or Korngold. The Voces Intimae Quartet from 1909 has to be here. It was for many years Sibelius's only chamber work representation in the living performing repertoire and one that many will recall from the Nonesuch LP of the recording by the Claremont Quartet. It is a fully mature work and bustles in a totally characteristic way in the virtuosic Vivace. The final Allegro is redolent of Grieg's Autumn and the music of Goldmark but in its haltingly enigmatic way far outstripping both composers. The Tempera Quartet give the music a warm and engaging outing and they are recorded with coaxing immediacy. There are other Sibelius string quartets including the E flat major (1885) and the B flat major (1890) and you can hear them all on a Finlandia-Warner double.

The Korpo Trio is on CD13. It is about the same length as the A minor quartet which it predates by a couple of years. To my ears it engagingly blends the voices of Grieg and Mozart. The hymnal aspect of the composer's inspiration known from Andante Festivo can be glimpsed at the start of the Fantasia second movement together with a mystical Schubertian hush. It is a shade more conventional than the A minor quartet but pleasing in a smilingly bucolic Dvořákian way.

The Piano Quintet in G minor follows after a sensible and sensitive long pause from the final gesture of the Trio. That space for silence is another mark of thoughtful distinction from Bis. The Quintet is from 1890 and accordingly much can be expected from it; much is delivered. There are leonine Brahmsian climactics in the surging first movement even if this exaltation is not sustained in the Intermezzo - perhaps that's the point of an intermezzo. However it does break the continuity with the more serious browed Andante. The same happens again with a country charming Dvořákian scherzo. The Moderato is again more grave and original, with tripping little piano figures providing a fragmented ostinato. The pattern of this work with its two relaxing asides suggests a composer keen to allow his listeners a chance to be soothed and gather their emotions between the serious movements. Two movements (Intermezzo and Scherzo) of the five provides this relaxation. The finale ends most originally with a surging piano part of Lisztian brilliance and complemented with gruffly rolling Beethovenian waves to end the proceedings.

The final piece on CD 13 is the Pompeuse March d'Asise from 1891 for violin, cello and piano. Here the decorative and rhetorical content recalls Saint-Saëns in his lighter moments.

CD14 includes various short pieces spanning the period 1875-1925. They range from the very first and tentative Waterdrops for cello and piano. This manages to be both conspiratorially Mussorgskian and innocent.

When I read Harold Johnson's study of Sibelius in 1972 as a student I recall being intrigued by the number of early pieces listed in the catalogue involving harmonium. We hear this homely instrument with piano in the 1887 Andante Cantabile recalling the domestic environs in which many of these chamber pieces of the 1880s were played. There's probably room for a CD of all Sibelius’s music for or involving harmonium.

The F minor Violin Sonata of 1889 is a most accomplished and completely style-resolved work although it does contain a few presentiments of the mature Sibelius. This is more the Grieg of the piano concerto and sometimes lighter yet in emotional tension. The violinist is Jaakko Kuusisto who has already tackled the Serenades for violin and orchestra for Warner-Finlandia.

Malinconia for cello here taken by Torlief Thedéen was assigned an opus number and dates from 1900. The main theme and treatment across the 12 minute ‘konzertstück’ prefigures the Violin Concerto.

Nils-Erik Sparf takes the violin and joins Forsberg for the remainder of the disc. The Four Pieces for violin and piano (1915-17) are salon morsels: a jaunty Impromptu, a serenade-style Romance like a slightly sentimental Kreislerian version of the two orchestral Serenades, a reverent Religioso doffing the hat to Bruch and a busy little Rigaudon with a Hungarian accent.

From 1915 comes the E major Sonatina op. 80 which slowly and thoughtfully stalks through an Introduction into a cheery and chattery little ‘cantique’ before a moonlit Andantino and a silvery line for the violin and a finale that proceeds from a soulful viola-accented Bruch-like prelude to an ebullient Allegretto which shares the scintillation of the Humoresques without their finer silvery qualities. From 1925 come two Danses Champêtres the first of which again recalls the Humoresques. The final Alla polacca is enlivened by spiccato and other Paganinian display and cantabile.

Hearing the sepulchral yet radiant Andante Festivo reminds me of another highlight of 2006, Christopher Nupen's two Sibelius documentaries. Extensive use is made here of Andante Festivo (with its soulful aspirant descant to the Finlandia hymn) and we also hear Sibelius first surviving work the Vattendroppar (Water-drops) for cello and piano - the latter starts CD14.

The final disc is packed with 24 piano pieces some of which include the four movement Florestan suite, the three movement works Sonata in F major op. 12 1893, and the three sonatinas from 1912 as well as the three Kyllikki pieces from 1904. The Florestan group (1889) and the B minor Impromptu and the Sonata, both from 1889, are played by Folke Gräsbeck. Unsurprisingly the Florestan is rather Schumann-like and salon-flighty. There is a delicious pearl glitter about the Impromptu which is decorative in its finery. The Sonata has a Russian nationalist accent - Balakirev or even early Rachmaninov.

The rest of the disc is taken by that other pianist-scholar Erik Tawaststjerna. This is the part of the disc that includes analogue original tapes from the 1970s. The Romance, 1901, with the Kalevala-derived Kyllikki are both thinnish gruel by comparison with the three sonatinas op. 67 the latter from 1912. These sonatinas are intermittently rather Debussian and are most beautifully recorded as listening. The Largo of the first of them attests fully to their quality. None of the three are longer than eight minutes. They are pleasing unassuming miniatures. The Andantino of the second is a more serious effort and is in an idiom that recalls Grieg.

The last four are genre pieces: a reverent hymnal The Solitary Fir Tree from 1914, The Spruce (also from op. 75 - clearly a silvicultural suite) in its sentimental fragility perhaps recalls a tryst under the tree, the Scène Romantique has regretful references to the gravely sorrowing theme from Andante Festivo and the final Schumann-like Village Church si from the same time as the Scène - 1923/4 - in content seems completely at odds with its title.

When you are confronted with something from Bis called The Essential Sibelius you are entitled to become thoughtful. For most companies the title would announce a one or two CD item with what amounts to The Best of - short pieces, single movements, beloved moments .... nothing to tax the attention span. Bis is not that kind of company. Their founder Robert von Bahr so loved and loves Sibelius that he planned to record every note he ever wrote. That was in 1973 before he met the Sibelius authority Andrew Barnett and doyens Folke Gräsbeck, Erik Tawaststjerna and Fabian Dahlström. Since then and surviving the Scylla and Charybdis of analogue to digital and LP to CD von Bahr has won and held the respect and support of the Sibelius family. Recordings of unheard Sibelius and of first and second versions have appeared and educated, delighted and intrigued in equal measure. We are now at the stage where the Bis Complete Sibelius Edition is just around the corner. Imagine the box in which that will be issued! This 15 CD set is a taster containing what Bis consider the Essential Sibelius. Of course part of the price you pay for this bargain level set is the cut-down notes. The originals with the individual CDs were far fuller. Still the price of this set is remarkable. I did a quick internet search and found it for 69.78$US at out partner site ArkivMusic, 70$US, £60 at Woolworths, £55 at Amazon UK and MDT offer it at £46 plus postage and if you boost your MDT order to above £50 the postage is free.

With one strange omission this set justifies its claim to offer The Essential Sibelius. It will provide hours of pleasure, discovery and rediscovery for not very much money. If this were your only Sibelius you would have his best music. Alongside this you will become acquainted with some pieces which although not the very best are representative and contribute to a fuller and balanced understanding of this great twentieth century composer.
Rob Barnett


The Essential SIBELIUS - Table of contents

Disc 1:

Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39
Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

Disc 2:

Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.43
Symphony No.3 in C major, Op.52
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

Disc 3:

Symphony No.5 in E flat major, Op.82
En saga, Op.9
Pohjola’s Daughter, Op.49
Valse triste, Op.44 No.1
Finlandia, Op.26
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

Disc 4:

Symphony No.6 (in D minor), Op.104
Symphony No.7 in C major, Op.105
Tapiola, Op.112
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

Disc 5:

Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op.47
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

Two Serious Melodies for cello and orchestra, Op.77
Marko Ylönen, cello
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

Two Serenades for violin and orchestra, Op.69
Six Humoresques for violin and orchestra, Opp. 87, 89
Dong-Suk Kang, violin
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi

Disc 6:

Kullervo, Op.7
Lilli Paasikivi (mezzo);· Raimo Laukka (baritone)
Helsinki University Chorus
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

Disc 7:

The Wood-Nymph, Op.15
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op.22
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

Disc 8:

Karelia Suite, Op.11
Scènes historiques, Set I, Op.25
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi

Athenarnes sång (Song of the Athenians), Op.31 No.3
Lahti Boys’ Choir · Helsinki University Chorus
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

Tulen synty (The Origin of Fire), Op.32
Tommi Hakala, baritone · Helsinki University Chorus
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

Vapautettu kuningatar (The Captive Queen), Op.48
Dominante Choir
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

Rakastava for strings, timpani and triangle, Op.14
Andante festivo, JS34b
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

Disc 9:

Kung Kristian II (King Christian II), Op.27 (suite)
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.46 (suite)
The Tempest, Op.109 (extracts)
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi

Disc 10:

Snöfrid, Op.29
Stina Ekblad, narrator
Jubilate Choir
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

The Bard, Op.64
The Oceanides, Op.73
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä
Luonnotar, Op.70
Helena Juntunen, soprano
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

Sortunut ääni (The Broken Voice), Op.18 No.1
Venematka (The Boat Journey), Op.18 No.3
Sydämeni laulu (Song of my Heart), Op.18 No.6
Helsinki University Chorus · Matti Hyökki

Rakastava (The Lover), JS160a (Op.14)
Monica Groop, mezzo-soprano · Sauli Tiilikainen, baritone
ubilate Choir · Astrid Riska

Isänmaalle (To the Fatherland), JS98a
Saarella palaa (Fire on the Island), Op.18 No.4
Soi kiitokseksi Luojan (We Praise Thee, Our Creator), Op.23 No.6a
Män från slätten och havet (Men from Land and Sea), Op.65a
Jubilate Choir · Astrid Riska

Till havs (At Sea), Op.84 No.5
Fridolins dårskap (Fridolin’s Folly), JS84
Jone havsfärd (Jonah’s Voyage), JS100
Orphei Drängar · Robert Sund

Jääkärien marssi, Op.91a (March of the Finnish Jäger Battalion)
Helsinki University Chorus
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä

Finlandia-Hymni (Finlandia Hymn), Op.26
Jubilate Choir · Astrid Riska

Disc 11:

Svarta rosor (Black Roses), Op.36 No.1
Men min fågel märks dock icke (But my Bird is Long in Homing), Op.36 No.2
Säv, säv, susa (Sigh, Sigh, Sedges), Op.36 No.4
Illalle (To Evening), Op.17 No.6
Im Feld ein Mädchen singt (A Maiden Yonder Sings), Op.50 No.3
Aus banger Brust (O, Wert Thou Here), Op.50 No.4
Die stille Stadt (The Silent Town), Op.50 No.5
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano · Bengt Forsberg, piano

Våren flyktar hastigt (Spring is Flying), Op.13 No.4
Se’n har jag ej frågat mera (Since Then I Have Questioned No Further), Op.17 No.1
Höstkväll (Autumn Evening), Op.38 No.1
Arioso, Op.3 (1911)
MariAnne Häggander, soprano
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Jorma Panula

Näcken (The Watersprite), song/melodrama, JS138
Monica Groop, mezzo-soprano · Lasse Pöysti, narrator
Jaakko Kuusisto, violin · Joel Laakso, cello · Folke Gräsbeck, piano

Giv mig ej glans, ej guld, ej prakt (Give Me No Splendour), Op.1 No.4
Jag är ett träd (The Tree), Op.57 No.5
Näcken (The Watersprite), Op.57 No.8
Hymn to Thaïs, JS97
Kaiutar (The Echo Nymph), Op.72 No.4
Längtan heter min arvedel (Longing is my Heritage), Op.86 No.2
I systrar, I bröder, I älskande par (Ye Sisters, Ye Brothers), Op.86 No.6
Monica Groop, mezzo-soprano · Love Derwinger, piano

Demanten på marssnön (The Diamond on the March Snow), Op.36 No.6
Sången om korsspindeln (The Song of the Cross Spider), Op.27 No.4
På verandan vid havet (On a Balcony by the Sea), Op.38 No.2
Kom nu hit, död (Come Away, Death), Op.60 No.1
Jorma Hynninen, baritone
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Jorma Panula

Souda, souda, sinisorsa (Swim, Duck, Swim), JS180
Norden (The North), Op.90 No.1
Narciss (Narcissus), JS140
Den första kyssen (The First Kiss), Op.37 No.1
Var det en dröm? (Was it a Dream?), Op.37 No.4
Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte (The Tryst) , Op.37 No.5
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano · Bengt Forsberg, piano

Tanken (The Thought), JS192
Anne Sofie von Otter and Monica Groop, mezzo-sopranos
Bengt Forsberg, piano

Disc12:

Moderato – Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor JS131
String Quartet in A minor, JS183
String Quartet in D minor ‘Voces intimae’, Op.56
Tempera Quartet
(Laura Vikman, violin I · Silva Koskela, violin II
Tiila Kangas, viola · Ulla Lampela, cello)

Disc 13:

Piano Trio in D major, ‘Korpo’, JS209
Jaakko Kuusisto, violin · Marko Ylönen, cello · Folke Gräsbeck, piano

Piano Quintet in G minor, JS159
Jaakko Kuusisto, violin I · Laura Vikman, violin II
Anna Kreetta Gribajcevic, viola · Joel Laakso, cello
Folke Gräsbeck, piano

La pompeuse Marche d’Asis, JS116
Jaakko Kuusisto, violin · Marko Ylönen, cello · Folke Gräsbeck, piano

Disc 14:

Vattendroppar (Water Drops), JS216
Jaakko Kuusisto, violin · Taneli Turunen, cello

Andante cantabile in E flat major, JS30b
Folke Gräsbeck, piano · Harri Viitanen, harmonium

Andante cantabile in G major, JS33
Sonata in F major, JS178 (1889)
Jaakko Kuusisto, violin · Folke Gräsbeck, piano

Malinconia, Op.20 (1900)
Torleif Thedéen, cello · Folke Gräsbeck, piano

Four Pieces, Op.78 for violin and piano
Sonatina in E major, Op.80
Two Danses Champêtres from Op.106
Nils-Erik Sparf violin · Bengt Forsberg piano

Disc 15:

Florestan, JS82
Impromptu in B minor, Op.5 No.5
Sonata in F major, Op.12
Folke Gräsbeck, piano

Romance in D flat major, Op.24 No.9
Kyllikki, three lyric pieces, Op.41
Sonatina in F sharp minor, Op.67 No.1
Sonatina in E major, Op.67 No.2
Sonatina in B minor, Op.67 No.3
Den ensamma furan (The Solitary Fir Tree), Op.75 No.2
Granen (The Spruce), Op.75 No.5
Scène romantique, Op.101 No.5
The Village Church, Op.103 No.1
Erik T. Tawaststjerna, piano

DETAILED TRACK LISTING
Jean Sibelius

CD 1:
Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39
1. I. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico 9'42
2. II. Andante (ma non troppo lento) 8'54
3. III. Scherzo. Allegro 4'30
4. IV. Finale (Quasi una Fantasia). Andante - Allegro molto 11'46
Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63
5. I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio 11'36
6. II. Allegro molto vivace 4'29
7. III. Il tempo largo 14'04
8. IV. Allegro 9'04
CD 2:
Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.43
1. I. Allegretto 9'14
2. II. Tempo Andante, ma rubato 14'25
3. III. Vivacissimo - attacca - 5'57
4. IV. Finale. Allegro moderato 14'55
Symphony No.3 in C major, Op.52
5. I. Allegro moderato 10'15
6. II. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto 11'12
7. III. Moderato - Allegro (ma non tanto) 8'51
CD 3:
Symphony No.5 in E flat major, Op.82
1. I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato 13'23
2. II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto 8'45
3. III. Allegro molto - Largamente assai 9'05
4. En saga, Op.9 18'03
5. Pohjola's Daughter, Op.49 13'10
6. Valse triste, Op.44 No.1 4'42
7. Finlandia, Op.26 8'28
CD 4:
Symphony No.6 (in D minor), Op.104
1. I. Allegro molto moderato 8'28
2. II. Allegretto moderato 6'29
3. III. Poco vivace 3'23
4. IV. Allegro molto 8'19
5. Symphony No.7 in C major, Op.105 22'44
6. Tapiola, Op.112 17'22
CD 5:
Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op.47
1. I. Allegro moderato 16'47
2. II. Adagio di molto 10'02
3. III. Allegro, ma non tanto 7'40
Two Serious Melodies for cello and orchestra, Op.77
4. I. Cantique (Lætare anima mea) 5'09
5. II. Devotion (Ab imo pectore) 3'23
Two Serenades for violin and orchestra, Op.69
6. No.1 in D major 6'16
7. No.2 in G minor 6'51
Six Humoresques for violin and orchestra
8. No.1 in D minor, Op.87 No.1 3'25
9. No.2 in D major, Op.87 No.2 2'15
10. No.3 in G minor, Op.89a 4'08
11. No.4 in G minor, Op.89b 4'00
12. No.5 in E flat major, Op.89c 3'05
13. No.6 in G minor, Op.89d 3'01
CD 6:
Kullervo, Op.7
1. I. Introduction 12'50
2. II. Kullervo's Youth 19'18
3. III. Kullervo and his Sister 25'27
4. IV. Kullervo Goes to War 10'04
5. V. Kullervo's Death 12'22
CD 7:
1. The Wood-Nymph, Op.15 21'36
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op.22
2. I. Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of the Island 15'12
3. II. The Swan of Tuonela 9'27
4. III. Lemminkäinen in Tuonela 17'41
5. IV. Lemminkäinen's Return 6'27
CD 8:
Karelia Suite, Op.11
1. I. Intermezzo 4'39
2. II. Ballade 7'27
3. III. Alla Marcia 4'51
Scènes historiques, Set I, Op.25
4. I. All' Overtura 4'37
5. II. Scena 6'11
6. III. Festivo 7'07
7. Athenarnes sång (Song of the Athenians), Op.31 No.3 3'31
8. Tulen synty (The Origin of Fire), Op.32 9'03
9. Vapautettu kuningatar (The Captive Queen), Op.48 9'16
Rakastava for strings, timpani and triangle, Op.14
10. I. The Lover 4'06
11. II. The Path of His Beloved 2'26
12. III. Good Evening!... Farewell! 5'34
13. Andante festivo, JS34b 5'10
CD 9:
Kung Kristian II (King Christian II), Op.27 (suite)
1. I. Nocturne 7'40
2. II. Elegy 5'23
3. III. Musette 2'12
4. IV. Serenade 4'43
5. V. Ballad 5'14
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.46 (suite)
6. I. At the Castle Gate 3'49
7. II. Mélisande 4'15
8. IIa. At the Seashore 1'48
9. III. By a Spring in the Park 2'23
10. IV. The Three Blind Sisters 2'29
11. V. Pastorale 2'01
12. VI. Mélisande at the Spinning Wheel 2'14
13. VII. Entr'acte 2'49
14. VIII. The Death of Mélisande 6'04
The Tempest, Op.109 (extracts)
15. The Oak Tree 2'25
16. Humoresque 1'00
17. Caliban's Song 1'09
18. Intrada – Berceuse 2'06
19. Entr'acte - Ariel's Song 3'14
20. Chorus of the Winds 3'14
21. Intermezzo 1'39
22. Dance of the Nymphs 1'49
23. Prospero 1'50
24. Miranda 2'03
25. The Storm 3'13
CD 10:
1. Snöfrid for recitation, mixed chorus and orchestra, Op.29 14'15
2. The Bard, Op.64 7'32
3. The Oceanides, Op.73 10'03
4. Luonnotar for soprano and orchestra, Op.70 8'50
5. Sortunut ääni (The Broken Voice), Op.18 No.1 1'20
6. Venematka (The Boat Journey), Op.18 No.3 1'34
7. Sydämeni laulu (Song of my Heart), Op.18 No.6 2'12
8. Rakastava (The Lover), JS160a (Op.14) 6'54
9. Isänmaalle (To the Fatherland), JS98a 2'19
10. Saarella palaa (Fire on the Island), Op.18 No.4 1'12
11. Soi kiitokseksi Luojan, Op.23 No.6a (We Praise Thee, Our Creator) 1'31
12. Män från slätten och havet, Op.65a (Men from Land and Sea) 4'40
13. Till havs (At Sea), Op.84 No.5 2'24
14. Fridolins dårskap (Fridolin's Folly), JS84 2'27
15. Jone havsfärd (Jonah's Voyage), JS100 2'29
16. Jääkärien marssi, Op.91a (March of the Finnish Jäger Battalion) 2'23
17. Finlandia-Hymni (Finlandia Hymn), Op.26 2'04
 
CD 11:
1. Svarta rosor (Black Roses), Op.36 No.1 1'56
2. Men min fågel märks dock icke, Op.36 No.2 (But my Bird is Long in Homing) 2'23
3. Säv, säv, susa (Sigh, Sigh, Sedges), Op.36 No.4 2'33
4. Illalle (To Evening), Op.17 No.6 (1898) 1'15
5. Im Feld ein Mädchen singt, Op.50 No.3 (A Maiden Yonder Sings) 3'00
6. Aus banger Brust (O, Wert Thou Here), Op.50 No.4 2'17
7. Die stille Stadt (The Silent Town), Op.50 No.5 2'39
8. Våren flyktar hastigt, Op.13 No.4 (Spring is Flying) 1'30
9. Se'n har jag ej frågat mera, Op.17 No.1 (Since Then I Have Questioned No Further) 1'53
10. Höstkväll (Autumn Evening), Op.38 No.1 4'29
11. Arioso, Op.3 3'48
12. Näcken (The Watersprite), song/melodrama, JS138 3'19
13. Giv mig ej glans, ej guld, ej prakt, Op.1 No.4 (Give Me No Splendour, Gold or Pomp) 3'43
14. Jag är ett träd (The Tree), Op.57 No.5 2'46
15. Näcken (The Watersprite), Op.57 No.8 3'10
16. Hymn to Thaïs, JS97 3'11
Kaiutar (The Echo Nymph), Op.72 No.4kande par, Op.86 No.6 (Ye Sisters, Ye Brothers)
17. Kaiutar (The Echo Nymph), Op.72 No.4 3'10
18. Längtan heter min arvedel, Op.86 No.2 (Longing is my Heritage) 3'11
19. I systrar, I bröder, I älskande par, Op.86 No.6 (Ye Sisters, Ye Brothers) 2'01
20. Demanten på marssnön, Op.36 No.6 (The Diamond on the March Snow) 2'58
21. Sången om korsspindeln, Op.27 No.4 (The Song of the Cross Spider) 3'31
22. På verandan vid havet, Op.38 No.2 (On a Balcony by the Sea) 3'06
23. Kom nu hit, död, Op.60 No.1 (Come Away, Death) 3'31
24. Souda, souda, sinisorsa (Swim, Duck, Swim), JS180 1'10
25. Norden (The North), Op.90 No.1 2'04
26. Narciss (Narcissus), JS140 1'45
27. Den första kyssen (The First Kiss), Op.37 No.1 1'52
28. Var det en dröm? (Was it a Dream?), Op.37 No.4 1'58
29. Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte, Op.37 No.5 (The Tryst) 2'50
30. Tanken (The Thought), JS192 1'29
CD 12:
1. Moderato - Allegro appassionato in C sharp minor JS131 10'33
String Quartet in A minor, JS183
2. I. Andante – Allegro 11'06
3. II. Adagio ma non tanto 8'33
4. III. Vivace 5'43
5. IV. Allegro 8'40
String Quartet in D minor 'Voces intimae', Op.56
6. I. Andante - Allegro molto moderato 5'53
7. II. Vivace 2'18
8. III. Adagio di molto 10'51
9. IV. Allegretto (ma pesante) 5'34
10. V. Allegro 4'57
CD 13:
Piano Trio in D major, 'Korpo', JS209
1. I. Allegro moderato 10'50
2. II. Fantasia 15'30
3. III. Finale. Vivace 9'21
Piano Quintet in G minor, JS159
4. I. Grave – Allegro 10'53
5. II. Intermezzo. Moderato 5'19
6. III. Andante 9'20
7. IV. Scherzo. Vivacissimo 3'20
8. V. Moderato – Vivace 9'40
9. La pompeuse Marche d'Asis, JS116 3'21
CD 14:
1. Vattendroppar (Water Drops), JS216 0'45
2. Andante cantabile in E flat major, JS30b 4'12
3. Andante cantabile in G major, JS33 (for violin and piano) Andante cantabile in G major, JS33 (1887) for violin and piano 2'32
Sonata in F major, JS178 (for violin and piano)
4. I. [Allegro] 11'16
5. II. Andante 6'01
6. III. Vivace 8'02
7. Malinconia, Op.20 (for cello and piano) 12'18
Four Pieces, Op.78 for violin and piano
8. I. Impromptu 1'40
9. II. Romance in F major 3'22
10. III. Religioso 4'00
11. IV. Rigaudon 1'52
Sonatina in E major, Op.80 (for violin and piano)
12. I. Lento – Allegro 3'49
13. II. Andantino 3'51
14. III. Lento – Allegretto 3'58
Two Danses Champêtres from Op.106 (for violin and piano)
15. I. Largamente assai – Vivace 5'02
16. II. Alla polacca 2'25
CD 15:
Florestan, JS82
1. I. Moderato 1'33
2. II. Molto moderato 2'23
3. III. Andante 4'06
4. IV. Tempo I 2'06
Sonata in F major, Op.12
6. I. Allegro molto 5'51
7. II. Andantino 6'54
8. III. Vivacissimo 4'00
9. Romance in D flat major, Op.24 No.9 4'00
Kyllikki, three lyric pieces, Op.41
10. I. Largamente – Allegro 3'03
11. II. Andantino 4'29
12. III. Commodo 3'17
Sonatina in F sharp minor, Op.67 No.1
13. I. Allegro 2'31
14. II. Largo 2'52
15. III. Allegro moderato 1'43
Sonatina in E major, Op.67 No.2
16. I. Allegro 1'51
17. II. Andantino 2'19
18. III. Allegro 1'24
Sonatina in B minor, Op.67 No.3
19. I. Andante - Allegro moderato 2'57
20. II. Andante – Allegro 3'20
21. Den ensamma furan (The Solitary Fir Tree), Op.75 No.2 2'03
22. Granen (The Spruce), Op.75 No.5 2'53
23. Scène romantique, Op.101 No.5 3'31
24. The Village Church, Op.103 No.1 3'10
Individual Track Details:
1. 
Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Timo Saarenpää (Clarinet)
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Venue: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 35 Minutes 4 Secs.
Notes: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland (10/14/1996 - 10/16/1996)
2. Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Ilkka Pälli (Cello)
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Finland 
Venue: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 39 Minutes 27 Secs.
Notes: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland (01/09/1997 - 01/10/1997)
3. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Finland 
Venue: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 44 Minutes 44 Secs.
Notes: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland (10/16/1996 - 10/18/1996)
4. Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Finland 
Venue: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 30 Minutes 32 Secs.
Notes: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland (01/07/1997 - 01/08/1997)
5. Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915/1919; Finland 
Venue: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 31 Minutes 20 Secs.
Notes: Composer: Jean Sibelius. Version: 1919
Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland (06/02/1997 - 06/04/1997)
6. En saga, Op. 9 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Tuulia Ylönen (Clarinet), Anna Kreeta (Viola)
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892/1902; Finland 
Length: 18 Minutes 3 Secs.
7. Pohjola's daughter, Op. 49 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
Length: 13 Minutes 10 Secs.
8. Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs.
9. Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1900; Finland 
Length: 8 Minutes 28 Secs.
10. Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Finland 
Venue: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 26 Minutes 45 Secs.
Notes: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland (06/04/1997 - 06/06/1997)
11. Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Antti Autio (Trombone)
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Finland 
Venue: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 22 Minutes 44 Secs.
Notes: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland (08/04/1997 - 08/05/1997)
12. Tapiola, Op. 112 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Finland 
Venue: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 17 Minutes 22 Secs.
Notes: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland (08/05/1997 - 08/06/1997)
13. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
Length: 34 Minutes 29 Secs.
14. Pieces (2) for Violin/Cello and Orchestra, Op. 77 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Marko Ylönen (Cello)
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
Length: 8 Minutes 32 Secs.
15. Serenades (2) for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 69 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Dong-Suk Kang (Violin)
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1913; Finland 
Length: 13 Minutes 7 Secs.
16. Humoresques (2) for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 87 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Dong-Suk Kang (Violin)
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Finland 
Date of Recording: 8/1989 
Venue: Gothenburg Concert Hall, Sweden 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs.
17. Humoresques (4) for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 89 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Dong-Suk Kang (Violin)
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917-1918; Finland 
Date of Recording: 8/1989 
Venue: Gothenburg Concert Hall, Sweden 
Length: 14 Minutes 14 Secs.
18. Kullervo, Op. 7 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Lilli Paasikivi (Mezzo Soprano), Raimo Laukka (Baritone)
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki University Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Finland 
Date of Recording: 9/2000 
Venue: Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 80 Minutes 46 Secs. Language: Finnish 
19. Wood nymph, Op. 15 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Timo Keinonen (Cello)
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1/1996 
Venue: Church of the Cross, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 21 Minutes 36 Secs.
20. Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893/1895; Finland 
Length: 48 Minutes 47 Secs.
21. Karelia Suite, Op. 11 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Raimo Laukka (Baritone)
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
Length: 17 Minutes 2 Secs.
Notes: This version of Sibelius' "Karelia" includes movements completed and reconstructed by Kalevi Aho (1997).
22. Scènes historiques no 1, Op. 25 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Length: 17 Minutes 55 Secs.
23. Choral Songs (3), Op. 31: no 3, Song of the Athenians by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki University Chorus, Lahti Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. Language: Finnish 
24. Origin of Fire, Op. 32 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Tommi Hakala (Baritone)
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki University Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902/1910; Finland 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. Language: Finnish 
25. Andante festivo for Strings and Timpani by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1922; Finland 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs.
26. King Christian II, Op. 27 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Length: 25 Minutes 12 Secs.
27. Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Finland 

Length: 27 Minutes 52 Secs.
28. Quartet for Strings in A minor by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Ulla Lampela (Cello), Laura Vikman (Violin), Silva Koskela (Violin),
Tiila Kangas (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tempera String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Finland 
Length: 34 Minutes 2 Secs.
29. Quartet for Strings in D minor, Op. 56 "Voces intimae" by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Ulla Lampela (Cello), Laura Vikman (Violin), Silva Koskela (Violin),
Tiila Kangas (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tempera String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
Length: 29 Minutes 33 Secs.
30. Snöfrid, Op. 29 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Stina Ekblad (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Jubilate Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1900; Finland 
Length: 14 Minutes 15 Secs. Language: Finnish 
31. The Bard, Op. 64 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Leena Saarenpää (Harp)
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913/1914; Finland 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs.
32. Oceanides, Op. 73 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
Length: 10 Minutes 3 Secs.
33. Luonnotar, Op. 70 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Helena Juntunen (Soprano)
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1910; Finland 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. Language: Finnish 
34. Partsongs (9), Op. 18: no 1, To the fatherland by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Matti Hyökki, Astrid Riska
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki University Chorus, Jubilate Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1907; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. Language: Finnish 
35. Partsongs (9), Op. 18: no 3, Fire on the island by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Matti Hyökki, Astrid Riska
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki University Chorus, Jubilate Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1907; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. Language: Finnish 
36. Partsongs (9), Op. 18: no 6, The song of my heart by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Matti Hyökki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki University Male Chorus, Helsinki University Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1907; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. Language: Finnish 
37. Partsongs (5), Op. 84: no 5, To sea by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Robert Sund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orphei Drängar, Orphei Drangar
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1915; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. Language: Finnish 
38. Fridolin's folly by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Robert Sund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orphei Drängar, Orphei Drangar
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. Language: Finnish 
39. Jonah's voyage by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Robert Sund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orphei Drängar, Orphei Drangar
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. Language: Finnish 
40. March of the Finnish Jaeger Battalion, Op. 91 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki University Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. Language: Finnish 
41. Finlandia, Op. 26: Hymn by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Matti Hyökki, Astrid Riska
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki University Chorus, Jubilate Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1900; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue: Järvenpää Concert Hall, Helsinki 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. Language: Finnish 
42. Songs (6), Op. 36: no 1, Black roses by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. Language: Swedish 
43. Songs (6), Op. 36: no 2, But my bird by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. Language: Swedish 
44. Songs (6), Op. 36: no 4, Sigh, sedges, sigh by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. Language: Swedish 
45. Songs (7), Op. 17: no 6, To evening by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. Language: Swedish 
46. Songs (6), Op. 50: no 3, Im Feld ein Mädchen singt by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. Language: German 
47. Songs (6), Op. 50: no 4, Aus banger Brust by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. Language: German 
48. Songs (6), Op. 50: no 5, Die stille Stadt by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. Language: German 
49. Runeberg Songs (7), Op. 13: no 4, Spring is flying by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Mari Anne Häggander (Soprano)
Conductor: Jorma Panula
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. Language: Finnish 
Notes: Composer: Jean Sibelius. Version: 1914
50. Songs (7), Op. 17: no 1, And I questioned them no further by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Mari Anne Häggander (Soprano)
Conductor: Jorma Panula
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. Language: Finnish 
Notes: Composer: Jean Sibelius. Version: 1903
51. Songs (5), Op. 38: no 1, Autumn evening by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Mari Anne Häggander (Soprano)
Conductor: Jorma Panula
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. Language: Finnish 
52. Arioso, Op. 3 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Mari Anne Häggander (Soprano)
Conductor: Jorma Panula
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs.
53. Liberated queen, Op. 48 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Dominante Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
Length: 9 Minutes 16 Secs. Language: Finnish 
54. Rakastava, Op. 14: Suite for String Orchestra, Triangle and Timpani by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1912; Finland 
Length: 12 Minutes 6 Secs.
55. The Tempest, Op. 109: The Oak Tree by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs.
56. The Tempest, Op. 109: Suite no 1 - Humoresque by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs.
57. The Tempest, Op. 109: Farewell, master "Caliban's Song" by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs.
58. The Tempest, Op. 109: Suite no 1 - Berceuse by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs.
59. The Tempest, Op. 109: Suite no 1 - Entr'acte by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs.
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "The Tempest, Op. 109: Suite no 1 - Ariel's Song."
60. The Tempest, Op. 109: Suite no 1 - Ariel's Song by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs.
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "The Tempest, Op. 109: Suite no 1 - Entr'acte."
61. The Tempest, Op. 109: Suite no 2 - Chorus of the Winds by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs.
62. The Tempest, Op. 109: Intermezzo by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs.
63. The Tempest, Op. 109: Suite no 2 - Dance of the Nymphs by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 

Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs.
64. The Tempest, Op. 109: Suite no 2 - Prospero by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 

Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs.
65. The Tempest, Op. 109: Miranda by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs.
66. The Tempest, Op. 109: Suite no 1 - Storm by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs.
67. Partsongs (9), Op. 18: no 7, The broken voice by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Matti Hyökki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki University Male Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1907; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. Language: Finnish 
68. Partsongs (9), Op. 18: no 9, The journey by boat by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Matti Hyökki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki University Male Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1907; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. Language: Finnish 
69. Cantata for the Helsinki University ceremonies of 1897, Op. 23: Let our sweet song of thanks by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Astrid Riska
Orchestra/Ensemble: Jubilate Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1899; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. Language: Finnish 
70. Partsongs (2), Op. 65: no 1, Men from plain and sea by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Astrid Riska
Orchestra/Ensemble: Jubilate Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. Language: Finnish 
Notes: Composition written: Finland (1911 - 1912).
71. Näcken, JS 138 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano), Folke Gräsbeck (Piano), Lasse Pöysti (Spoken Vocals),
Jaakko Kuusisto (Violin), Joel Laakso (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs.
72. Christmas Songs (5), Op. 1: no 4, Give me no splendour, gold or pomp by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano), Love Derwinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1/1994 
Venue: Large Hall, Music Academy, Stockholm 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. Language: Swedish 
73. Josephson Songs (8), Op. 57: no 5, I am a tree by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano), Love Derwinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1/1994 
Venue: Large Hall, Music Academy, Stockholm 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. Language: Swedish 
74. Josephson Songs (8), Op. 57: no 8, The watersprite by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano), Love Derwinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1/1994 
Venue: Large Hall, Music Academy, Stockholm 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. Language: Swedish 
75. Hymn to Thaïs by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano), Love Derwinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1/1994 
Venue: Large Hall, Music Academy, Stockholm 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. Language: English 
76. Songs (6), Op. 72: no 4, The echo-nymph by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano), Love Derwinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1/1994 
Venue: Large Hall, Music Academy, Stockholm 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. Language: Finnish 
77. Songs (6), Op. 86: no 2, Longing is my heritage by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano), Love Derwinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1/1994 
Venue: Large Hall, Music Academy, Stockholm 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. Language: Swedish 
78. Songs (6), Op. 86: no 6, Ye sisters, ye brothers by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano), Love Derwinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1/1994 
Venue: Large Hall, Music Academy, Stockholm 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. Language: Finnish 
79. Songs (6), Op. 36: no 6, The diamond on the March snow by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Jorma Hynninen (Baritone)
Conductor: Jorma Panula
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. Language: Finnish 
Notes: Composer: Jean Sibelius. Version: 1916-17
80. King Christian II, Op. 27: no 4, The fool's song of the spider by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Jorma Hynninen (Baritone)
Conductor: Jorma Panula
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. Language: Finnish 
81. Songs (5), Op. 38: no 2, on a balcony by the sea by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Jorma Hynninen (Baritone)
Conductor: Jorma Panula
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. Language: Finnish 
Notes: Composer: Jean Sibelius. Version: 1903
82. Twelfth Night, Op. 60: no 1, Come away, death by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Jorma Hynninen (Baritone)
Conductor: Jorma Panula
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. Language: Finnish 
Notes: Composer: Jean Sibelius. Version: 1957
83. Swim, duck, swim by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. Language: Swedish 
84. Runeberg Songs (6), Op. 90: no 1, North by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. Language: German 
85. Narciss by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs.
86. Songs (5), Op. 37: no 1, First kiss by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. Language: Swedish 
87. Songs (5), Op. 37: no 4, Was it a dream? by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. Language: Swedish 
88. Songs (5), Op. 37: no 5, Maiden's tryst by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. Language: Swedish 
89. The Thought by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs.
90. Moderato and Allegro appassionato for 2 Violins, Viola and Cello in C sharp minor, JS 131 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Ulla Lampela (Cello), Laura Vikman (Violin), Silva Koskela (Violin),
Tiila Kangas (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tempera String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 10 Minutes 33 Secs.
91. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in D major, JS 209 "Korpo" by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Jaakko Kuusisto (Violin), Folke Gräsbeck (Piano), Marko Ylönen (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Finland 
Length: 35 Minutes 41 Secs.
92. Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Jaakko Kuusisto (Violin), Folke Gräsbeck (Piano), Joel Laakso (Cello),
Laura Vikman (Violin), Anna Kreetta Gribajcevic (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Finland 
Length: 41 Minutes 53 Secs.
93. La pompeuse Marche d'Asis, JS 116 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Jaakko Kuusisto (Violin), Folke Gräsbeck (Piano), Marko Ylönen (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs.
94. Water Drops by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Jaakko Kuusisto (Violin), Taneli Turunen (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Finland 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs.
95. Andante cantabile for Piano and Harmonium in E flat major, JS 30b by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Harri Viitanen (Harmonium), Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs.
96. Andante cantabile for Violin and Piano in G major by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Jaakko Kuusisto (Violin), Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs.
97. Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Jaakko Kuusisto (Violin), Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Finland 
Length: 25 Minutes 19 Secs.
98. Malinconia for Cello and Piano, Op. 20 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Torleif Thedéen (Cello), Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Finland 
Length: 12 Minutes 18 Secs.
99. Pieces (4) for Violin/Cello and Piano, Op. 78 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Nils-Erik Sparf (Violin), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915-1919; Finland 
Length: 10 Minutes 54 Secs.
100. Sonatina for Violin and Piano in E major, Op. 80 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Nils-Erik Sparf (Violin), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Finland 
Length: 11 Minutes 38 Secs.
101. Danses champêtres (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 106: Largamente assai - Vivace by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Nils-Erik Sparf (Violin), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs.
102. Danses champêtres (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 106: Alla polacca by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Nils-Erik Sparf (Violin), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs.
103. Suite for Piano, JS 82 "Florestan" by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1889; Finland 
Length: 10 Minutes 8 Secs.
104. Sonata for Piano in F major, Op. 12 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Folke Gräsbeck (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
Length: 16 Minutes 45 Secs.
105. Pieces (10) for Piano, in D flat major Op. 24: no 9, Romance in D flat major by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Erick T Tawaststjerna (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1903; Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs.
106. Kyllikki, Op. 41 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Erick T Tawaststjerna (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Finland 
Length: 10 Minutes 49 Secs.
107. Sonatinas (3) for Piano, Op. 67 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Erick T Tawaststjerna (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Finland 
Length: 18 Minutes 57 Secs.
108. Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 75 "Trees": no 2, The lonely pine by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Erick T Tawaststjerna (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs.
109. Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 75 "Trees": no 5, The spruce by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Erick T Tawaststjerna (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs.

110. Romantic Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 101: no 5, Scène romantique by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Erick T Tawaststjerna (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs.
111. Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 103: no 1, The Village Church by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Erick T Tawaststjerna (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs

 



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