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Sibelius: Tapiola; En Saga; 8 Songs ()

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composed by Jean Sibelius

The star artist on this Finnish release is mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, and the orchestrations of the eight Sibelius voice-and-piano songs here by Aulis Sallinen were done with her voice specifically in mind. You can sample one of these (perhaps Sippan, "The Anemone") to see how you like the idea: von Otter sounds terrific, and Sallinen accomplishes the feat of staying out of her way. The side effect is that the songs don't sound much like Sibelius in terms of the orchestra. There will be less doubt about the two ...

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  1. Tapiola, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 112
  2. En Saga, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 9
  3. The Two Roses (De bägge rosorna), song for voice & piano, Op. 88/2
  4. The Primrose (Sippan), song for voice & piano, Op. 88/4
  5. Hidden Union (Dold förening), song for voice & piano, Op. 86/3
  6. 'Neath the fir trees (Under strandens granar), song for voice & piano, Op. 13/1
  7. Songs of Runeberg (7), for voice and piano, Op. 13: No. 2 Kyssens hopp (The Kiss's Hope)
  8. Her Message (Hennes budskap), song for voice & piano, Op. 90/2
  9. But my Bird is Long in Homing (Men min fågel märks dock icke), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2
  10. The young hunter (Jägargossen), song for voice & piano, Op. 13/7
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Sibelius: Tapiola; En Saga; 8 Songs
2017, Ondine

UPC: 761195128954

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