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SIBELIUS: Songs, Vol. 1

Composer(s):Sibelius, Jean
Artist(s) Somero, Jouni, piano • Jurmu, Hannu, tenor
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.570019
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Although Sibelius wrote around a hundred songs over a period of more than thirty years – mainly settings of Swedish texts, with eight in German and only a handful in Finnish – they have suffered comparative neglect alongside his larger-scale orchestral and choral music. The best of the songs are essentially nature pieces, dark-hued, vividly characterized, intensely melancholic and vocally demanding. Sibelius considered them to represent his “innermost self”.


Review By ,Scherzo,September 2007


Review By Robert Plyler,The Post-Journal,May 2007

Songs tend to be much less popular than orchestral music, especially when they are recorded in languages not easily understood by the listener.

While audiences who are equipped with a translation in a printed program or with surtitles on a concert stave can usually enjoy concerts in other languages, it is relatively rare for listeners to warm to someone singing words which are no more than sounds to them and presenting emotions at which they can only guess.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2007

Though we instinctively think of Sibelius as an orchestral composer, his song output was sizeable and numbered more than a hundred works, Naxos intending for the first time to record them all, a number never previously appearing on disc. Though here performed by his native Finnish artists, most of the songs were to Swedish texts, the composer having been brought up speaking that language. Their mood moves from radiant love songs that would not have been out of place in Italian opera, to those that have the Nordic chill we find in his symphonic output. Though they did not form song cycles, many were gathered under one opus number, and I find it strange that Naxos is not issuing them under that convenient heading. Like Schubert, Sibelius did at



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