Early stereo recordings • 6: SIBELIUS: Finlandia • Pohjola’s Daughter • String Quartet etc

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Released 26 April 2024
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FHR Remasters
Early stereo recordings • 6

Released on CD and all digital platforms: 26 April 2024
Not available in USA/Canada (we ship worldwide)

Jean SIBELIUS (1865–1957)
1. Finlandia, Op. 26
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino / Vittorio Gui
(rec. 9–10 October 1953)

2. Finlandia – Hymn (version for male choir) (sung in Finnish)
Helsinki University Chorus / Martti Turunen
(rec. 20 November 1953)

3. Six Part Songs, Op. 18: No. 6. Sydameini laulu (‘Song of my Heart’) (sung in Finnish)
Helsinki University Chorus / Martti Turunen
(rec. 20 November 1953)

4. Tulen synty (‘The Origin of Fire’), Op. 32 (sung in Finnish)
Sulo Saarits baritone
Helsinki University Chorus / Martti Turunen
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra / Thor Johnson
(rec. 21 November 1953)

5. Pohjola’s Daughter, Op. 49
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra • Thor Johnson
(rec. 20 November 1953)

6. Valse triste, Op. 44, No. 1
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino / Vittorio Gui
(rec. 9–10 October 1953)

7–11. String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56 ‘Voces intimae’
Pascal Quartet
Jacques Dumont violin I
Maurice Crut violin II
Léon Pascal viola
Robert Salles cello
(recording date unknown but before July 1957)

12. Finlandia, Op. 26
Philharmonia Orchestra / George Weldon
(rec. 12 March 1956)

All first recordings in stereo apart from track 12
Track 4 is the world première recording

24bit, 96kHz high resolution transfers, editing and remastering by Paul Baily

℗ 1954, 1957, 1958 and 2024 © 2024

Source materials:
Track 1: Livingston Audiosphere 7½ ips binaural tape BN 701
Tracks 2–5: A-V Tape Libraries, Inc. 7½ ips binaural tape AV-1508B
Track 6: Livingston Audiosphere 7½ ips binaural tape BN 703
Tracks 7–11: Concert Hall Society 7½ ips stereophonic tape HX – 59
Track 12: EMI Columbia 7½ ips stereosonic tape BTC 505

Press Quotes

Surprises and little-known Sibelian nuggets…. If you have collected this far in the series you won’t want to stop. Curios and surprises, such as in this volume, are constant features.  (MusicWeb International)