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Scenes from the Kalevala – review

Click here to read the review by Kornel Kossuth of the new ‘Scenes from the Kalevala’ SACD from the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Dima Slobodeniouk. (BIS-2371)

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

Finlandia, Valse triste and other works: JSW critical edition

Jean Sibelius: Complete Works (JSW) – SON 630

Series I (Orchestral works) Vol. 22: Revisions and arrangements for orchestra (Finlandia, Op. 26, Valse triste, Op. 44 No. 1, Kurkikohtaus, Op. 44 No. 2, Canzonetta, Op. 62a, Valse romantique, Op. 62b, Valse lyrique, Op. 96a, Valse chevaleresque, Op. 96c) edited by Timo Virtanen


Title page of SON 630

Click here for our review of this important new issue in the JSW Critical Edition.

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 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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A Visit from Sibelius

Korpo gård
Korpo gård

The two themes of the 2016 ‘Sibelius i Korpo’ festival, which took place on 22-24 July, were ‘a visit from Sibelius’ and ‘Sibelius and Busoni’.

Click here to read more about the festival in Andrew Barnett’s report.

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Worst composer ever? (new article)

The Polish-born but naturalized French composer, conductor, music theorist and teacher René Leibowitz (1913–72) was significant in promoting serialism and the New Music in France after World War II, and famously described Sibelius – on the occasion of the Finnish composer’s 90th birthday – as ‘le plus mauvais compositeur du monde’. In a new article Ronald Powell discusses his music in the context of other composers, notably those of the Second Viennese School. Click here to read the article.

New article: Christmas Songs

Christmas lights, Aleksanderinkatu, Helsinki (Photo: © JIP / Wikipedia Creative Commons)
Christmas lights, Aleksanderinkatu, Helsinki (Photo: © JIP / Wikipedia Creative Commons)

On 1 May 1913 – ‘Vappu’, the very day that Finland celebrates the coming of springtime – Sibelius composed two Christmas Songs! Thus today, 1 May 2016, we have added a new article about Sibelius’s Five Christmas Songs, Op. 1, to our library of texts about Sibelius’s music. Click here for the article.

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