A limited-edition complete boxed set of the BIS Sibelius Edition has been issued by King International in Japan.
The set includes all 69 original CDs plus a bonus disc of items that have come to light since the thirteenth and final volume of the Edition was issued in 2011 (these newer recordings are available internationally on BIS-2065 and BIS-2132).
The discs are accompanied by a large book (over 400 pages) including track listings, notes, artist biographies and song texts with Japanese translations.
Osmo Vänskä has completed his second Sibelius symphony cycle on disc with the release of Symphonies Nos 3, 6 and 7.
He conducts the Minnesota Orchestra, of which he has been principal conductor since 2003, and this is the first of the team’s recordings to have been recorded after the end of the orchestra’s extended lock-out.
Vänskä’s previous Sibelius cycle, with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, was hailed in the magazine Gramophone as ‘the finest survey of the past three decades’.
The disc (BIS-2006), recorded in May/June 2015 in surround sound and released as a hybrid SACD, will be released internationally in August 2016 to coincide with the orchestra’s European tour, with performances in Lahti, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
A recording of Kullervo by the same musicians together with the YL Male Voice Choir and soloists Lilli Paasikivi and Tommi Hakala, made at live performances in Minnesota in February, is scheduled for release at the end of 2016.
Just in time for the International Sibelius Festival in Lahti, Okko Kamu’s cycle of Sibelius symphonies with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra for BIS Records has been released on 3 SACDs (special price): BIS-2076. Martin Nagorni’s video interview with Okko Kamu about the recording can be seen here: