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In the Stream of Life: Songs by Sibelius - Gerald Finley

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a highly memorable disc.

Sibelius: In the Stream of Life

Songs by Sibelius

Sibelius: 2 Songs from Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', Op. 60
Sibelius: Demanten på marssnön, Op. 36 No. 6 (Wecksell)
Sibelius: Eight Songs, Op. 57 (Text: Ernst Josephson)
Sibelius: Five Songs, Op. 38
Sibelius: Hertig Magnus, Op. 57 No. 6
Sibelius: Hymn to Thaïs (Text: Arthur H. Borgström)
Sibelius: I natten, Op. 38 No. 3
Sibelius: In the Stream of Life
Sibelius: Kom nu hit, Död, Op. 60 No. 1 (Bertel Gripenberg after Shakespeare)
Sibelius: Koskenlaskijan morsiamet (The Rapids-Rider’s Brides), Op. 33
Sibelius: På verandan på vid havet, Op. 38 No. 2 (Viktor Runeberg)
Sibelius: Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49
Sibelius: Romance in C major for strings, Op. 42
Sibelius: Six Songs, Op. 36
Sibelius: The Oceanides, Op. 73

Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner

The exceptional collaboration and friendship between the late Einojuhani Rautavaara and the internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Gerald Finley culminates in this unique album of orchestral songs by Sibelius, on which the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Edward Gardner.

The album offers orchestrations, by Sibelius and others, of songs which Sibelius originally wrote for voice and piano, and includes the premiere recording of In the Stream of Life, seven songs orchestrated by Rautavaara for his friend. Throughout, the poetry perfectly reflects the instinctively felt relation between Finnish nature and Sibelius’s music.

As Finley reveals: ‘the recording of [In the Stream of Life] became a very personal project when the sessions took place only a few weeks after [Rautavaara’s] death, in the same week as his funeral... and I am so thankful that a final addition was made possible when in the last months of his life [Rautavaara] agreed to orchestrate “Hjärtats morgon” and include it in the group.’

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