Veijo Murtomäki, Professor emeritus of music history at the Sibelius Academy of the University of Arts Helsinki, reviews Jean Sibelius. Life, Music, Silence by Daniel M. Grimley (Reaktion Books, 2021)
‘Daniel M. Grimley is a musicologist whose expertise and deep understanding especially of Scandinavian and British music has been widely acknowledged thanks to his admirable books on Grieg, Nielsen, and Delius as well as his work as an editor of anthologies and as a writer of many peer-reviewed articles. Given his attachment to the music of Jean Sibelius, it is with a sense of expectation that one approaches his new book on Sibelius.’ Click here to read on…
Contents of the disc:
Leevi Madetoja: Kullervo, Op. 15
Uuno Klami: Kalevala Suite, Op. 23
Jean Sibelius: Lemminkäinen in Tuonela, Op. 22 No. 2 (1897 version – world première recording)
Tauno Pylkkänen: Kullervo Goes to War
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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.
Click here to read our review of three recent Sibelius publications from Breitkopf & Härtel: the study score of Skogsrået (The Wood-Nymph), a selection of 18 piano pieces and the manuscript facsimiles of Luonnotar.