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One masterpiece, several nice-to-haves, and lots of fluff 22 July 2011
By Michael Schell - Published on Amazon.com
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Sibelius's sensibilities lent themselves better for the sustained and multi-faceted sonorities of the string quartet than they did for the more parochial media of piano with strings. So it's not surprising that the composer's lone masterpiece in the chamber music genre, Voces Intimae, is for this medium. Voces Intimae gets a fine performance here, and as is characteristic of Bis' Sibelius Edition, you also get an alternative passage in the finale. The highlight of the remaining string quartet works (which comprise two of the five discs in the CD version of the set) is the little-known Op. 4, which has been completely overshadowed by its later namesake, but is still worth a listen.

The various trios and quartets with piano don't stand up as well though. Most are early, unpublished works that can be dismissed after one or two hearings without regret. These were mainly written for Sibelius and his friends and relatives to play at private gatherings. Apparently violists were hard to find (as they often are today among amateurs), since many of these works conspicuously lack a viola part, e.g., piano trios and quartets with a second violin instead of a viola. One trio has an improvisatory section with a remarkable static cadential passage (at least in the Bis musicians' rendering).

Then there's the bizarre sound of the G minor quartet for violin, viola, cello, piano, and...harmonium. It's like taking a late romantic piano trio and adding a parlor organ. In this recording the harmonium sounds very much like an accordion, making the music sound like a bastard mix of Brahms and Astor Piazzola.

Clearly this is a set that will capture the attention of Sibelius completists like myself. But there's too much juvenilia and second-rate music among the six hours of music recorded here to repay the investment of more casual listeners.
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