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Pohjola's Daughter, Op.49 (1905-06)
A Symphonic Fantasia
An Robert Kajanus
Largo - Moderato - Largamente - Tranquillo molto -
In the Stream of Life *
Seven Songs Orchestrated 2013-16 by Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)
Die stille Stadt, Op.50 (Six Songs) No.5 (1906).
Andantino - Poco a poco meno piano
(The Quiet Town)
Jägargossen, Op.13 (Seven Songs) No.7 (1891).
Allegro - Più lento - Tempo I
(The Hunter Boy)
Hjärtats morgon, Op.13 (Seven Songs) No.3 (1891).
(The Morning of the Heart)
Älven och snigeln, Op.57 (Eight songs) No.1 (1909).
(The River and the Snail)
Näcken, Op.57 (Eight Songs) No.8 (1909).
Commodo - Lento assai
(The Water Spirit)
Jag är ett träd, Op.57 (Eight Songs) No.5 (1909)
Grave e pesante
(I Am a Tree)
Svarta rosor, Op.36 (Six Songs) No.1 (1899).
Commodo - Lento - A tempo - Lento - A tempo - Largamente
Koskenlaskijan morsiament, Op.33 (1897) *
(The Rapids-rider's Brides)
for Baritone and Orchestra
Allegro (ma non troppo) - Un poco più allegro -
Romance, Op.42 (1904)
in C major • in C-Dur • en ut majeur
for String Orchestra
Herrn José Eibenschütz gewidmet
Andante - Un pochettino con moto - Tempo I
Hymn to Thaïs, the Unforgettable (1909) *
Orchestrated 1945 by Jussi Jalas (1908-1985)
Dedicated to Aulikki Rautawaara 1.12.1945
Largamente - Largamente molto - [Tempo I]
Demanten på marssnön, Op.36 No.6 (1900) *
(The Diamon on the March Snow)
from Six Songs
Orchestrated 1932 by Ivar Hellman (1891-1994)
Hertig Magnus, Op.57 No.6 (1909) *
from Eight Songs
Orchestrated 2008 by Pekka Helasvuo (b.1948)
Andantino quasi allegretto
The Oceanides, Op.73 (1914)
A Tone Poem for Large Orchestra
An Mr. Und Mrs. Carl Stoeckel
Sostenuto assai - Largamente - Tempo I
På verandan vid havet, Op.38 No.2 (1902) *
(On the Veranda by the Sea)
from Five Songs
Orchestrated 1903 by the Composer
I natten, Op.38 No.3 (1903) *
from Five Songs
Orchestrated 1903 by the Composer
Kom nu hit, död, Op.60 No.1 (1909) *
(Come Away, Death)
from Two Songs for Trettondagsafton (Twelfth Night)
Orchestrated 1957 by the Composer for Baritone, Harp, and Strings
Total time: 78:40
Solo: Gerald Finley bass-baritone *
Melina Mandozzi • David Stewart leaders
Conductor: Edward Gardner
7 March 2014 (In the Stream of Life, excluding 'Hjärtats morgon') and 23-25 August 2016 (other works)
The exceptional collaboration and friendship between the late Einojuhani Rautavaara and the internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Gerald Finley culminates in this unique album of orchestral songs by Sibelius, on which the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Edward Gardner.
The album offers orchestrations, by Sibelius and others, of songs which Sibelius originally wrote for voice and piano, and includes the premiere recording of In the Stream of Life, seven songs orchestrated by Rautavaara for his friend. Throughout, the poetry perfectly reflects the instinctively felt relation between Finnish nature and Sibelius’s music.
As Finley reveals: ‘the recording of [In the Stream of Life] became a very personal project when the sessions took place only a few weeks after [Rautavaara’s] death, in the same week as his funeral... and I am so thankful that a final addition was made possible when in the last months of his life [Rautavaara] agreed to orchestrate “Hjärtats morgon” and include it in the group.’
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‘Choc de Classica’
Marc Vignal – Classica magazine (France) - May 2017
Performance **** Recording *****
“...It’s Finley and Rautavaara, at Sibelius’s service, who make this a highly memorable disc.”
Michael Scott Rohan – BBC Music magazine – May 2017
“Both Gerald Finley and Edward Gardner have been establishing themselves as perceptive Sibelians and this new issue shows their respective merits in abundance... All [songs] sound authentic and add to our experience of recognising the sheer quality of this song medium chosen by Sibelius over a period of many years. Gardner conducts his impressively sounding Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in two important orchestral works; Pohjola’s Daughter and The Oceanides ... Both show him to have an instinctive grasp of the Sibelian idio, one of the most idiosyncratic and original in all music... “ *****
Edward Clark – Musical Opinion Quarterly – April-May 2017
Andrea Bedetti – Audiophile sound magazine (Italy) – March 2017
“... wonderfully sung by a full-throated Gerald Finley ... This is an exceptional Sibelius anthology. Wonderful playing to from Edward Gardner’s Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra ... Outstanding.”
Graham Rickson – thesrtsdesk.com – 18 March 2017
“... In the Stream of Life, has just been released on CD, and what a compelling work it is... The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner, infuses the music with a dark, subtle richness that is the ideal match for Finley’s voice ...”
David Fay – The Big Issue – 23-29 January 2017
"... This SACD will be a mandatory purchase for all who love the music of Sibelius as well as the countless admirers of the magnificent voice and exceptional musicianship of Gerald Finley and as such it fully deserves the highest possible recommendation."
Graham Williams - CDchoice.co.uk - 8 February 2017
"...The exceptional collaboration and friendship between the late Einojuhani Rautavaara and the internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Gerald Finley culminates in this unique album of orchestral songs by Sibelius, on which the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Edward Gardner. The album offers orchestrations, by Sibelius and others, of songs which Sibelius originally wrote for voice and piano, and includes the premiere recording of In the Stream of Life, seven songs orchestrated by Rautavaara for his friend."
Barry Forshaw - CDchoice.co.uk - 8 February 2017
Performance ***** Sonics (Multichannel) *****
"In every respect this is a wonderful and very special recording that will undoubtedly be one of my top recommendations for the coming year... This SACD will be a mandatory purchase for all who love the music of Sibelius as well as the countless admirers of the magnificent voice and exceptional musicianship of Gerald Finley and as such it fully deserves the highest possible recommendation."
Graham Williams - HRAudio.net - 28 December 2016
“... impressive if idiosyncratic programme.”
David Gutman – Gramophone magazine – February 2017
“... The measured beauty of Finley’s singing in these subdued songs conjures impressive wintry vistas. Other Sibelius songs fill out an imaginative programme and Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra create vivid musical narratives in Pohjola’s Daughter and The Oceanides.” ****
Richard Fairman – The Financial Times – 13 January 2017
“...The subtle, respectful orchestrations wrap around his [Finley] voice like a glove... Finley sings then all with his usual finesse and careful shading, reserving his full power for the few genuinely climatic moments, while alongside the songs Edward Gardner and his orchestra include very fine performances of three orchestral works. ..” ****
Andrew Clements – The Guardian – 4 January 2017
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