Magazine, January 2018

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.

To receive your magazine, make sure you select the ‘printed copies’ option when joining Sibelius One (just £5 for two issues).

If you would like to add the magazine to your existing subscription, or to purchase individual copies (£5 each plus postage – also available to non-members) please contact info@sibeliusone.com

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

Click here for a listing of articles in previous magazines.

Lahti Sibelius Festival 2018

Lahti Symphony Orchestra / Dima Slobodeniouk. Photo: © Lahti SO/Juha Tanhua

Programmes and artists – including a guest orchestra and conductor – have been announced for the 2018 Lahti Sibelius Festival.

For more information about the music and about Sibelius One’s group visit to the festival, click here.

 

Dedicated to Sibelius

At the initiative of Sibelius One members Doug Whittet and Rob Ebbers, a list is being compiled of musical works dedicated to Jean Sibelius.

The current list is shown below. If you know of additions or other relevant information, please contact Doug Whittet by e-mail (click here).

The list will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.

To download the list as an Excel document, click here.

Composer Work Year Recording Comment
Bax, Arnold Symphony No. 5 1932 London Philharmonic Orchestra / Raymond Leppard (Lyrita)
Busoni, Ferruccio Orchestral Suite No. 2, Op. 34a 1905 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Neeme Järvi (Chandos) 4 movements each with different dedicatee (1st to JS)
Constant, Marius Hämeenlinna: An Imaginary Landscape 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Englund, Einar Ciacona 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Josephs, Wilfred In the North 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Melartin, Erkki The Melancholy Garden (for piano), Op. 54 1908 Izumi Tateno (Ondine)
Merikanto, Aarre Theme, Variations & Fugue for orchestra 1915 None? No commercial recording?
Musgrave, Thea Song of the Enchanter 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Nørgård, Per Aftonland (Songs from Evening Land) 1956 Helene Gjerris et al. (Dacapo)
Picker, Tobias Séance 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Rak, Štěpán Elegy for solo guitar 1987 Štěpán Rak (Nimbus)
Ruders, Poul Tundra 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Söderlind, Ragnar Symphony No. 8 (Sibelius in memoriam) 2005 Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Fedoseyev (YouTube concert recording) Quotes from Surusoitto; no commercial recording
Stenhammar, Wilhelm String Quartet No. 4 in A minor, Op. 25 1907 Stenhammar Quartet (BIS)
Tüür, Erkki-Sven Searching for Roots 1990 Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / Paavo Järvi (Virgin)
Vaughan Williams, Ralph Symphony No. 5 in D major 1943 Over 30 available!
Yuasa, Joji The Midnight Sun 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)

Lahti Sibelius Festival 2017 Review

Photo: © Lahti SO/Juha Tanhua

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.

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Coming soon from JSW

Sibelius’s violin

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.

Link to Breitkopf & Härtel’s website: click here.

New CD release

New CD release from Sibelius One:

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

Click here for full track list (pdf)

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

Available direct from Sibelius One
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Hedvig Paulig and Folke Gräsbeck (photo: © Pirjo Pellinen)

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20 September 2017

Don’t miss the concert by the acclaimed pianist Joseph Tong at St John’s Smith Square, London, at 7.30 pm on 20 September 2017, marking the launch of his second Sibelius piano music CD.

The programme is:

Grieg  Stimmungen, Op. 73
Schumann  Fantasie in C major, Op. 17
Sibelius  Valse triste, Op. 44
Sibelius   5 Characteristic Impressions, Op. 103
Sibelius   Sonata in F major, Op. 12

Further information and booking: click here.

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).

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