Jean Sibelius

Andante Festivo, for string orchestra (arranged from string quartet version)

    Description by Brian Wise

    Despite the rejection of the string orchestra repertoire by several major publishers of his day, including the extremely influential Breitkopf & Härtel, Sibelius was drawn to the medium throughout his lifetime. Most of his works, however, are arrangements of works composed in other media that were more easily publishable and might be familiar to listeners in other guises. In 1922 Sibelius composed Andante Festivo for the 25th anniversary of the Saynatsalo plywood mill. First written for a string quartet and later arranged for a string orchestra and timpani ad libitum, it has a musical vocabulary in almost complete opposition to the prevailing trends in art and music at the time. While it would have been rather fashionable, as well as appropriate for the occasion, to capture the mechanical features of the mill, Sibelius' greatest inspiration was nature, and the work features a tone of almost sacred solemnity. Curiously, Sibelius conducted the premiere of this work, long into his retirement, in a 1939 live radio broadcast to the United States on New Year's Eve.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Deutsche Grammophon 4797477
    2016 Ondine ODE 13002Q
    2015 Warner Classics 2564605317
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon B002362202
    2014 Ondine ODE 12652D
    2014 Stradivarius STV 33977
    2012 Brilliant Classics 9267
    2011 Universal Music
    2011 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099909491922
    2011 White Pine Music WPM 227
    2010 Auris Subtilis 50372000
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 EMI Classics
    2009 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099969718
    2007 Deutsche Grammophon 000956502
    2006 BIS 1697/1700
    2006 Naxos 8 552135/6
    2005 EMI Classics
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon 000459702
    2005 BIS 1557/58
    2004 Capriccio Records 51171
    2004 Fazer / Finlandia
    2004 EMI Music Distribution 85532
    2004 BIS 1265
    2003 Ondine 1037
    2003 Linn Records 220
    2003 BIS 1295
    2003 EMI Music Distribution 575673
    2002 EMI Music Distribution 567717
    2001 Chandos 6648
    2001 Ondine ODE992-2
    2000 Symposium SYMPCD1253
    2000 Ondine ODE936-2
    2000 Nimbus 7716
    1998 Deutsche Grammophon / PolyGram 453909
    1997 Naxos 8 556677
    1996 Finlandia 15308
    1996 Deutsche Grammophon 447760
    1995 Ondine 830
    1995 Capriccio Records 10486
    1994 BIS 222
    1993 Chandos 9227
    1993 Naxos 550330
    1993 EMI Music Distribution 54804
    1992 Nimbus 5169
    Finlandia 95706
    In Classical Mood 12031
    Erato
    Finlandia 95881