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  • Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Composer: Jean Sibelius, Traditional
  • Audio CD (5 May 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B00008ZZ3A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Oceanides (Aallottaret), Op. 73 (Yale version)Lahti Symphony Orchestra 7:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Suite for Orchestra: II. Tempo moderatoLahti Symphony Orchestra 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Suite for Orchestra: III. AllegroLahti Symphony Orchestra 4:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cassazione, Op. 6, (first version)Lasse Junttila12:24Album Only
Listen  5. Musik zu einer SzeneLahti Symphony Orchestra 5:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Cantata for the Coronation of Nicholas II, JS 104: Coronation March: 'Cantata for the Coronation of Nicholas II', JS. 104: Coronation MarchLahti Symphony Orchestra 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Morceau romantique sur un motif de Monsieur Jakob de Julin, JS 135aLahti Symphony Orchestra 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Porilaisten marssi, JS 152Lahti Symphony Orchestra 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Cortege, JS 54Lahti Symphony Orchestra 5:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Spring Song (1895 version)Lahti Symphony Orchestra 9:32Album Only
Listen11. The Oceanides (Aallottaret), Op. 73 (final version)Lahti Symphony Orchestra10:34Album Only

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Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra add to their out- standing Sibelius series with this fascinating collection of rarities, centring on The Oceanides.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By launcelot on 7 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Aside from several short wallpapery tracks (occasional music, a patriotic march and a trite minuet) this disc still scrapes together enough "world premiere" material that you will want to hear more than once. In fact, you will definitely want the good stuff.

The sound presentation is a top-drawer effort - deep, detailed and reverberating. Confident with the Lahti players, Vanska produces his trademark pacey smoothness.

The main course comprises the original version of The Oceanides plus a collection of fragments. The other main attractions (reaching further back into the composer's career) are standout versions of Cassazione and Spring Song in D Minor.

Throw in a bonus ten minutes for The Oceanides in its final form and I program tracks #1,#2,#3,#4,#10 and #11 for a total of 45 solid gold minutes (leaving another twenty minutes of the lesser stuff).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Sibelius's Unknown Gems 3 Aug. 2004
By M. Xu - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Music as beautiful as this reconfirmed my belief that Sibelius' genius in creating memorable melodies is not a bit less than those of his contemporaries e.g. Tchaikovsky and Dvorak! I got a chance to hear some of the music on this CD at my local HMV as I browsed through their shelves. Honestly, these are probably the most beautiful and lyrical pieces I have heard in years! Without a second thought, I grabbed a copy right away although knowing it was at full price. Usually I am very cautious about spending money on repertoires that are completely unknown to me, but for this CD I am willing to pay any price!

90% of the music on this CD are world premiere recordings. Lahti Symphony Orchestra and their conductor gave an authentic reading.

Highlights are:

Original versions of the symphonic poem The Oceanides;
Cassazione (very good)
Musik zu einer Scene (very good)
Spring Song
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Sibelian Delight From Beginning To End 14 Feb. 2009
By Moldyoldie - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After having cursorily perused reviews, I was fully expecting this fancifully titled album to consist of more unfinished "works in progress" and lesser sounding "original versions" unearthed by scholars and presented in the BIS label's continuing project to record EVERYTHING Sibelius ever put down -- how miscalculating I was!

Yes, perhaps only The Oceanides is generally familiar to music lovers (the album's title was this work's original working title), but every single track on this CD is a musical gem by any account! Hearing the so-called Yale version of The Oceanides and the two short fragments of a projected suite from which it sprang make one hear this stirring and evocative music anew. While the work's themes may have had their genesis at a previous time, it was actually brought to initial fruition in 1914 via commission the previous year, induced by an American scholar from wealthy American patrons. While Sibelius eventually reworked it, a completed score of this original version ended up in the archives of Yale University and was recently brought to light. (While I'm thinking of it, special props go out to Andrew Barnett, the gist of whose fine album notes can also be found in Chapter 11 of his 2007 book on the composer from Yale Press. Sibelius)

The original versions of Cassazione and Spring Song are especially alluring, while the two brief marches add an enlivening rhythmic jolt to a program that's wonderfully varied. Nine of the ten works presented on the CD represent world premiere recordings, making it definitely of interest to hardcore Sibelians. What I'm so bold to suggest, however, is that this music is so compellingly performed and recorded as to be a thorough delight for even the Sibelian novice or the aforementioned general music lover. Appropriately, the program ends with a hauntingly expansive performance of The Oceanides...the final version.
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