Sibelius: Luonnotar, Tapiola, etc

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Sibelius: Luonnotar, Tapiola, etc
Lise Davidsen (soprano) / Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner

[ Chandos SACD / Hybrid SACD ]

Release Date: Friday 2 July 2021

Following their acclaimed recordings of Schoenberg with Sara Jakubiak and Britten's Peter Grimes with Stuart Skelton, Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic turn their attention to the music of Sibelius. Written in 1913 for the diva Aino Ackté, the tone poem Luonnotar draws on text from the Finnish national epic poem, the Kalevala. Its virtuosic demands are ably met here by award-wining soprano Lise Davidsen, who also feature in the Suite from Pelléas and Mélisande, music re-worked by Sibelius from his incidental music written for the first performances of Maeterlinck's play in Helsinki, in 1905, in Swedish. The tone poem Tapiola, from 1926, is Sibelius' last great masterpiece and evokes the forests of his native Finland. The programme is completed by a pair of much earlier works, Rakastava (the Lover) and Vårsång (Spring Song). The album was recorded in Surround Sound and is available as a hybrid SACD.


1. Luonnotar, Op.70 (1913) *
in F sharp minor • in fis-Moll • en fa dièse mineur
Tone Poem for Soprano and Orchestra
An Aino Ackté
Tempo moderato - Tranquillo assai - A tempo - Tranquillo assai -

2.Tapiola, Op.112 (1926)
in B minor • in h-Moll • en si mineur
Tone Poem for Large Orchestra
An Walter Damrosch
Largamente - Allegro moderato - Allegro - Allegro moderato

Pelléas och Mélisande, Op.46 (1904-05) *
(Pelleas and Melisande)
Suite from the Incidental Music to the Play Pelléas et Mélisande (1892)
by Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949)
Translated into Swedish by Bertel Gripenberg (1878-1947)
3. I Vid slottsporten (At the Castle Gate, Prelude to Act I, Scene 1). Grave e largamente
4. 2 Mélisande (Prelude to Act I, Scene 2). Andantino con moto
5. 2 APå stranden vid hafvet (At the Seashore, Melodrama from Act I, Scene 4). Adagio
6. 3 Vid en källa i parken (By a Spring in the Park, Prelude to Act II, Scene 1).
Comodo - Un poco lento
7.4 De trenne blinda systrar (The Three Blind Sisters, Mélisande's Song from Act III, Scene 2). Tranquillo
8.5 Pastorale (Melodrama from Act III, Scene 4). Andantino pastorale
9. 6 Mélisande vid spinnrocken (Mélisande at the Spinning Wheel
Prelude to Act III, Scene 1). Con moto
10.7 Mellanaktsmusik (Entr'acte, Prelude to Act IV, Scene 1). Allegro
11.8Mélisandes död (The Death of Mélisande, Prelude to Act V, Scene 2)
Andante - Largamente

Rakastava, Op.14 (1893; reworked 1911-12)
(The Lover)
for String Orchestra with Triangle and Timpani
12.I Rakastava (Den älskande/The Lover). Andante con moto
13.II Rakastetun tie (Den älskades väg/The Path of His Beloved). Allegretto
14.III Hyvää iltaa... Jää hyvästi (God afton... Farväl!/Good Evening!... Farewell!)
Andantino - Doppio più lento - Vivace - Allargando poco a poco - Lento assai

15. Vårsång, Op.16 (1894, revised 1895, 1902)
(Spring Song) Tone Poem
Tempo moderato e sostenuto - Largamente - A tempo (ma poco a poco meno moderato) -
Un poco più lento - A tempo

Solo: Lise Davidsen soprano *