In the Stream of Life: Songs by Sibelius | Chandos CHSA5178

In the Stream of Life: Songs by Sibelius

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5178

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 3rd January 2017

Contents

Works

Sibelius, Jean

In the Stream of Life (7 songs orch. E. Rautavaara)
Koskenlaskijan morsiamet (The Rapid-Rider's Brides), op.33
Pohjola's Daughter, op.49
Romance in C major, op.42
Songs (2) from Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', op.60
» no.1 Kom nu hit, dod (Come away, death)
Songs (5), op.38
» no.2 Pa verandan vid havet (On a balcony by the sea)
» no.3 I natten
Songs (6), op.36
» no.6 Demanten pa marssnon (The diamond on the March snow)
Songs (8), op.57
» no.6 Hertig Magnus
The Oceanides, op.73

Artists

Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Edward Gardner

Works

Sibelius, Jean

In the Stream of Life (7 songs orch. E. Rautavaara)
Koskenlaskijan morsiamet (The Rapid-Rider's Brides), op.33
Pohjola's Daughter, op.49
Romance in C major, op.42
Songs (2) from Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', op.60
» no.1 Kom nu hit, dod (Come away, death)
Songs (5), op.38
» no.2 Pa verandan vid havet (On a balcony by the sea)
» no.3 I natten
Songs (6), op.36
» no.6 Demanten pa marssnon (The diamond on the March snow)
Songs (8), op.57
» no.6 Hertig Magnus
The Oceanides, op.73

Artists

Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Edward Gardner

About

The exceptional collaboration and friendship between the late Einojuhani Rautavaara and the internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Gerald Finley culminates in this unique album of orchestral songs by Sibelius, on which the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Edward Gardner.

The album offers orchestrations, by Sibelius and others, of songs which Sibelius originally wrote for voice and piano, and includes the premiere recording of In the Stream of Life, seven songs orchestrated by Rautavaara for his friend. Throughout, the poetry perfectly reflects the instinctively felt relation between Finnish nature and Sibelius’s music.

As Finley reveals: ‘the recording of [In the Stream of Life] became a very personal project when the sessions took place only a few weeks after [Rautavaara’s] death, in the same week as his funeral... and I am so thankful that a final addition was made possible when in the last months of his life [Rautavaara] agreed to orchestrate “Hjärtats morgon” and include it in the group.’

Reviews

The subtle, respectful orchestrations wrap around [Gerald Finley’s] voice like a glove. Some of the songs are sinuously chromatic, a reminder of how close Sibelius came to Schoenberg’s world in the early years of the 20th century, while others rely more heavily on the 19th-century German lieder tradition, going right back to Schubert. Finley sings them all with his usual finesse and careful shading, reserving his full power for the few genuinely climactic moments, while alongside the songs Edward Gardner and his orchestra include very fine performances of three orchestral works. ... They complement the songs perfectly.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 4 January 2017

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