The January 2018 issue of Sibelius One’s full-colour magazine is currently in preparation, with a selection of articles and contributions from eminent authors and scholars plus a listing of major new CD releases. Subscribers will receive the magazine in January.
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Highlights of the forthcoming issue:
Sibelius’s music for ‘Everyman’ Eija Kurki
Sibelius and Busoni Ernest Pauwels
The Spell of Italy John Grimshaw
Jean Sibelius. Un Finlandais en France Peter Frankland
And the Sounds are Godlike: The Symphonies of Sibelius (Part Two) Leon Chia
The Eighteenth International Lahti Sibelius Festival coincided with the centenary year of Finland’s political independence. In a previous year forty percent of tickets were sold to non-Finnish patrons, so its claim of international status is well justified. As usual concert tickets and hotel accommodation had been arranged at a special price for Sibelius One members. Click here to read the full review by Geoff Hayes.
Announced as a forthcoming release in Breitkopf & Härtel’s JSW critical edition is a volume of music for solo instrument and piano.
Series IV, Vol 6 is edited by Anna Pulkkis and will include:
Two Pieces, Op. 2 violin & piano
Malinconia, Op. 20 cello & piano
Two Serious Melodies, Op. 77 violin/cello & piano
Four Pieces, Op. 78 violin/cello & piano
Six Pieces, Op. 79 violin & piano
Sonatina in E major, Op. 80 violin & piano
Five Pieces, Op. 81 violin & piano
Novellette, Op. 102 violin & piano
Five Danses champêtres, Op. 106 violin & piano
Four Pieces, Op. 115 violin & piano
Three Pieces, Op. 116 violin & piano
These works represent Sibelius’s complete opus-numbered output for violin/cello and piano, from the early Op. 2 pieces (revised around the time of the Fourth Symphony) through to his last opus-numbered pieces from 1929. Many of the pieces, including the famous Romance in F major (Op. 78 No. 2) date from the period of the First World War.
Hedvig Paulig, soprano (winner of the 2011 International Sibelius Singing Competition) Folke Gräsbeck, piano
‘The soprano Hedvig Paulig… is blessed with all that a singer desires: a voice full of beauty, precise intuition, a technique that seemingly easily takes her to clear high tones without as much as a blink as well as to the low tones, in which her voice turns full and warm. Paulig is also a real actress who expresses emotions in her songs from humor to mystic and grief. Her whole performance is full of charm…’ (Noam Ben Zeev for Haaretz Newspaper, May 2015)
‘The advocacy of Folke Gräsbeck [in Sibelius’s solo piano music] outstrips that of almost all earlier exponents.’ (Richard Whitehouse, International Record Review, May 2011)
A selection of 20 songs by Sibelius, including:
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
Illalle [To Evening], Op. 17 No. 6
Demanten på marssnön [The Diamond on the March Snow], Op. 36 No. 6
Sleeve note by Ron Weidberg in English, Finnish and Swedish Song texts in original language and English translation
First release – recorded 2016
Catalogue number: SCD 001
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The new CD includes the above-mentioned works by Sibelius plus the three Sonatinas, Op. 67, Eight Bagatelles, Op. 97, and Four Lyric Pieces, Op. 74.
The previous CD in the series contains the following repertoire: Kyllikki; Five Pieces (‘The Trees’); Five Pieces (‘The Flowers’); Five Romantic Pieces, Op. 101; Five Esquisses, Op. 114; Two Rondinos; Finlandia (Quartz QTZ 2111).