Folke Grasbeck

The Sibelius Edition, Vol. 10: Piano Music 2

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The second volume of BIS' complete edition of Sibelius' piano music is better than the first in one way. The digital sound is, as before, cool, clean, clear, and crisp, and Folke Gräsbeck's performances are again polished, professional, and persuasive, but the music itself here is generally better than in the first volume. That would not be very difficult, since most of the pieces in the first volume were either youthful works or transcriptions of works more familiar from the orchestral settings. In the second volume, while there are still many transcriptions along with lots of salon pieces, there is also Sibelius' best original music for solo piano: the three sonatinas from 1912, dark works that partake of the same haunted atmosphere as the composer's contemporaneous Fourth Symphony. Sadly, the three sonatinas take up less than 20 minutes of these five discs' nearly six hours of playing time, and the remainder of the music, while better than the music on the first volume, is still minor and often hardly characteristic Sibelius. This set might interest libraries and hardcore Sibelius fans, but it's not likely to appeal to general listeners.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:13
Three Sonatinas, Op. 67
2 2:23
3 3:07
4 1:40
5 1:55
6 2:21
7 1:28
8 2:30
9 3:03
Two Rondinos, Op. 68
10 3:19
11 2:05
12 4:06
Scaramouche, incidental music, Op. 71 (piano version)
13 5:33
14 6:30
15 0:51
16 1:53
Four Lyric Pieces, Op. 74
17 3:25
18 2:09
19 1:48
20 2:32
Five Pieces ("The Trees"), Op. 75
21 1:58
22 3:09
23 2:47
24 1:36
25 3:22
Op. 96
26 2:47

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Thirteen Pieces, Op. 76
1 1:17
2 1:15
3 1:04
4 1:26
5 2:15
6 1:28
7 1:52
8 0:56
9 1:03
10 2:24
11 2:05
12 0:47
13 1:20
Jakamies (Everyman), incidental music, Op. 83 (piano version)
14 1:37
15 2:24
16 2:24
Five Pieces ("The Flowers"), Op. 85
17 1:22
18 1:50
19 3:38
20 2:14
21 2:20
22 1:09
23 1:25
24 1:52
Six Pieces, Op. 94
25 1:08
26 1:04
27 2:38
28 2:18
29 2:06
30 1:56
31 1:10
32 1:11
Three Pieces, Op. 96
33 4:43
34 5:06
35 4:48

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Six Bagatelles, Op. 97
1 1:58
2 2:26
3 1:29
4 1:11
5 2:03
6 1:49
Suite mignonne, Op. 98a (piano version)
7 2:43
8 1:55
9 2:07
Suite champêtre, Op. 98b (piano version)
10 1:57
11 4:37
12 2:14
Eight Short Pieces, Op. 99
13 1:23
14 0:54
15 2:05
16 1:21
17 2:05
18 1:37
19 1:07
20 1:34
Suite characteristique, Op. 100 (piano version)
21 1:24
22 3:11
23 1:48
Five Romantic Compositions, Op. 101
24 3:01
25 2:09
26 2:34
27 2:11
28 3:36
Five Characteristic Impressions, Op. 103
29 3:43
30 2:04
31 2:06
32 1:41
33 2:40
The Tempest, incidental music, Op. 109 (piano version)
34 1:16
35 1:50
36 1:53

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:08
2 2:54
Five Esquisses, Op. 114
3 2:39
4 2:31
5 1:31
6 2:50
7 2:00
8 4:34
Belsazars gästabud (Belshazzar's Feast), JS 48 (piano version)
9 1:13
10 1:31
Op. 73
11 1:51
Op. 75
12 2:20
13 4:51
14 4:31
Op. 97
15 2:20
16 3:25
Op. 101
17 3:18
Op. 103
18 2:13
Op. 114
19 2:55
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