Rakastava: The Music of Jean Sibelius

Rakastava: The Music of Jean Sibelius

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Chamber Domaine
Thomas Kemp (conductor)

The critically acclaimed Chamber Domaine return to Resonus with this portrait of Finland’s most prominent national composer Jean Sibelius.

Featuring a combination of both well and lesser-known works, artistic director and conductor Thomas Kemp leads a programme of instrumental, chamber and string orchestra compositions including the suite for strings, Rakastava (The Lover), the brooding Malinconia for cello and piano (featuring Adrian Bradbury and pianist Sophia Rahman), flute works performed by Sami Junnonen, and the fulsome Andante Festivo in celebrating the depth and versatility of this great composer.

Album Booklet (PDF)

'Sibelius as proto-minimalist – well, why not? [...] It’s not just the cool, spacious recorded sound […] or even the way Kemp clarifies and layers Sibelius’s string sound. It’s the way he shapes and places each phrase, letting it find its own space […] The playing is highly refined, and quiet dynamics are often extremely quiet'

- Gramophone

'Sibelius as proto-minimalist – well, why not? [...] It’s not just the cool, spacious recorded sound […] or even the way Kemp clarifies and layers Sibelius’s string sound. It’s the way he shapes and places each phrase, letting it find its own space […] The playing is highly refined, and quiet dynamics are often extremely quiet'
Gramophone

'This collection of gems by Sibelius is well worth hearing.'
BBC Music Magazine

'What we have is a finely balanced programme of engaging and finely played pieces.'
Lark Reviews

'This disc is a fascinating side-long glance at the music of Sibelius, shorter and occasional pieces which complement the larger-scale works, in fine performances.'
Planet Hugill

Credits
© 2018 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2018 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10205
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262791103
Release date: 2 February 2018
Cover image: Sibelius at his home in Finland, ‘Ainola’ (The Finnish Museum of Photography)