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In the Stream of Life (Songs by Sibelius)

Gerald Finley, Bergen Orkester, Edward Gardner

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Listeners unaware that Jean Sibelius wrote a song cycle called In the Stream of Life, or that he wrote a large group of orchestral songs, are not missing anything: only one song here, the scena-like Koskenlaskijan morslamet, Op. 33, was originally written for voice and orchestra. The rest are arrangements from voice-and-piano works; those collected under the album's title were not a cycle originally, but were selected and compiled by their arranger, Einojuhani Rautavaara, in one of the last projects before his death. The collection of songs has a few oddballs, including Hymn to Thaïs, the Unforgettable, Sibelius' only song in English. The whole thing might seem pretty obscure, but Sibelius orchestrated several songs himself and was involved with the orchestral treatment of several others. Start sampling with the final Kom nu hit, död, Op. 60, No. 1 (like many of these earlier works in Swedish, not Finnish), which Sibelius orchestrated just before his own death in 1957. Beyond its interest as one of the very few works of any kind Sibelius produced during the last 30 years of his life, it's gorgeous, and it's sung to the hilt by baritone Gerald Finley. The songs as a group, with their brooding nature imagery, have more to do with Sibelius' symphonic world than with the lighter idiom of his theater music, and conductor Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra seem to recognize that by including no fewer than three orchestral pieces. These are not indicated in the graphics anywhere, but the performances may well be worth the price of admission for some buyers: the Bergen Philharmonic under Gardner has turned into an exceptional Sibelius instrument, with a sheen in the high strings that matches much better-known groups. The best-known of the three is Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49, but Sibelius fans will be equally attracted by the rare Romance in C major, Op. 42, and The Oceanides, Op. 73. On balance this is a strong, offbeat choice, of most interest to Sibelius lovers, but able to stand on its own for anyone.
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Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49 (Jean Sibelius)

1
Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49
Bergen filharmoniske orkester
00:13:57

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

In the Stream of Life (Arr. E. Rautavaara) (Einojuhani Rautavaara)

2
No. 1. Die stille Stadt (The Quiet Town), Op. 50, No. 5
Gerald Finley
00:02:50

Gerald Finley, Artist, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

3
No. 2. Jägargossen (The Young Sportsman), Op. 13, No. 7
Gerald Finley
00:02:54

Gerald Finley, Artist, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

4
No. 3. Hjärtats morgon (The Heart's Morning), Op. 13, No. 3
Gerald Finley
00:02:31

Gerald Finley, Artist, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

5
No. 4. Älven och snigeln (The River and the Snail), Op. 57, No. 1
Gerald Finley
00:02:54

Gerald Finley, Artist, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

6
No. 5. Näcken (The Elf King), Op. 57, No. 8
Gerald Finley
00:02:59

Gerald Finley, Artist, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

7
No. 6. Jag är ett träd (The Tree), Op. 57, No. 5
Gerald Finley
00:02:57

Gerald Finley, Artist, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

8
No. 7. Svarta rosor (Black Roses), Op. 36, No. 1
Gerald Finley
00:02:10

Gerald Finley, Artist, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

Koskenlaskijan morsiamet (The Rapid-Rider's Brides), Op. 33 (Jean Sibelius)

9
Koskenlaskijan morsiamet (The Rapid-Rider's Brides), Op. 33 (version for voice and orchestra)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
00:09:50

Gerald Finley, Artist, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

Romance in C major, Op. 42 (Jean Sibelius)

10
Romance in C Major, Op. 42
Bergen filharmoniske orkester
00:05:22

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

Hymn to Thaïs, the Unforgettable, JS 97 (arr. J. Jalas for voice and orchestra) (Jean Sibelius)

11
Hymn to Thaïs, the Unforgettable, JS 97 (arr. J. Jalas for voice and orchestra)
Edward Gardner
00:02:11

Gerald Finley, Artist, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jussi Jalas, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

6 Songs, Op. 36 (Jean Sibelius)

12
No. 6. Demanten på marssnön (The Diamond on the March Snow) (arr. I. Hellman for voice and orchestra)
Edward Gardner
00:02:30

Gerald Finley, Artist, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Ivar Hellman, Composer - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

8 Songs, Op. 57 (Pekka Helasvuo)

13
No. 6. Hertig Magnus (Baron Magnus) (arr. P. Helasvuo for voice and orchestra)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
00:03:47

Gerald Finley, Artist, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Pekka Helasvuo, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

The Oceanides, Op. 73 (Jean Sibelius)

14
The Oceanides, Op. 73
Bergen filharmoniske orkester
00:10:10

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

5 Songs, Op. 38 (version for voice and orchestra) (Jean Sibelius)

15
No. 2. På verandan vid havet (On a balcony by the sea)
Edward Gardner
00:03:33

Gerald Finley, Artist, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

16
No. 3. I natten (In the Night)
Edward Gardner
00:05:09

Gerald Finley, Artist, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

Twelfth Night, Op. 60 (version for voice and orchestra) (Jean Sibelius)

17
No. 1. Kom nu hit, död (Come Away, Death) (version for voice and orchestra)
Edward Gardner
00:02:57

Gerald Finley, Artist, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Orchestra

(C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

Album Description

Listeners unaware that Jean Sibelius wrote a song cycle called In the Stream of Life, or that he wrote a large group of orchestral songs, are not missing anything: only one song here, the scena-like Koskenlaskijan morslamet, Op. 33, was originally written for voice and orchestra. The rest are arrangements from voice-and-piano works; those collected under the album's title were not a cycle originally, but were selected and compiled by their arranger, Einojuhani Rautavaara, in one of the last projects before his death. The collection of songs has a few oddballs, including Hymn to Thaïs, the Unforgettable, Sibelius' only song in English. The whole thing might seem pretty obscure, but Sibelius orchestrated several songs himself and was involved with the orchestral treatment of several others. Start sampling with the final Kom nu hit, död, Op. 60, No. 1 (like many of these earlier works in Swedish, not Finnish), which Sibelius orchestrated just before his own death in 1957. Beyond its interest as one of the very few works of any kind Sibelius produced during the last 30 years of his life, it's gorgeous, and it's sung to the hilt by baritone Gerald Finley. The songs as a group, with their brooding nature imagery, have more to do with Sibelius' symphonic world than with the lighter idiom of his theater music, and conductor Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra seem to recognize that by including no fewer than three orchestral pieces. These are not indicated in the graphics anywhere, but the performances may well be worth the price of admission for some buyers: the Bergen Philharmonic under Gardner has turned into an exceptional Sibelius instrument, with a sheen in the high strings that matches much better-known groups. The best-known of the three is Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49, but Sibelius fans will be equally attracted by the rare Romance in C major, Op. 42, and The Oceanides, Op. 73. On balance this is a strong, offbeat choice, of most interest to Sibelius lovers, but able to stand on its own for anyone.
© TiVo

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