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Seriously Sibelius

Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

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In memoriam, Op. 59 (1st version 1909)
Jean Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
2 Pieces, Op. 77  
No. 1. Cantique (Laetare anima mea)
Jean Sibelius; Marko Ylonen; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
No. 2. Devotion (Ab imo pectore)
Jean Sibelius; Marko Ylonen; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 4  
III. Scherzo. Presto (arr. for Sring Orchestra)
Jean Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22  
III. Lemminkainen in Tuonela (reconstructed 1896 version)
Jean Sibelius; Colin Davis; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
Humoresque No. 1 in D Major, Op. 87, No. 1 (original 1917 version)
Jean Sibelius; Jaakko Kuusisto; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
3 Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 96  
Valse Lyrique, Op. 96a (version for Orchestra)
Jean Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
Autrefois, Op. 96b (version for 2 Voices and Orchestra)
Jean Sibelius; Kristiina Makela; Matleena Vakkilainen; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
Valse Chevaleresque, Op. 96c (version for Orchestra)
Jean Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
In memoriam, Op. 59 (revised version 1910)
Jean Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    76:03
“Another Sibelius CD of exceptional interest and fascination from Lahti and Osmo Vänskä in the BIS complete survey. Impressive playing throughout an excellent recording.”
- BBC Music Magazine

“Vänskä and his bright-eyed Lahti band are on irreproachable form... A strong recommendation.”
- Gramophone

Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra have carved out a space as world-renowned Sibelius interpreters, particularly with regards to the composer's lesser known and neglected works. The present album, Seriously Sibelius, continues that tradition with a diverse programme including several world premieres. Bookended by two versions of the In memoriam, Op. 59, the works collected here are often sombre, but are lightened by dashes of gaiety provided by the spinning waltzes of 3 Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 96.
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