Jean Sibelius

Summer with Sibelius

(Digital album)

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Finnish National Opera Chorus
Finnish National Opera Orchestra
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Jean Sibelius Quartet
Tapiola Sinfonietta
Nicholas Collon, conductor
Eri Klas, conductor
Hannu Lintu, conductor
Tuomas Hannikainen, conductor
Leif Segerstam, conductor
John Storgårds, conductor
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Ernst Kovacic, violin
Pekka Kuusisto, violin
Juhani Lagerspetz, piano
Olli Mustonen, piano


Digital Only

June 2023

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1430-2


Track listing

Digital Only 2:21:35
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
1 Cassazione, Op. 6 10:28
2 Musette (from King Christian II, Op. 27) 2:13
3 Pastorale (from Pélleas et Mélisande, Op. 46) 1:51
Six Humoresques for violin and orchestra 5:38
4 Humoresque No. 2 2:11
5 Humoresque No. 5 3:27
Suite for violin and orchestra, Op. 117 1:49
6 III. In the Summer 1:49
7 The Wood Nymph, Op. 15 (1895) 24:04
10 Pieces for Piano (Zehn Klavierstücke), Op. 58 2:50
8 No. 5, Sommerlied 2:50
13 Pieces for Piano, Op. 76 4:43
9 Etude 1:16
10 Humoresque 1:21
11 Arabesque 0:53
12 Harlequinade 1:13
Kullervo, Op. 7 9:26
13 IV. Kullervo Goes to War 9:26
Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47 (1905) 7:54
14 III. Allegro ma non tanto 7:54
15 De bägge rosorna (The Two Roses), Op. 88 No. 2 1:11
16 Sippan (The Anemone), Op. 88 No. 4 1:07
17 Rakastava (The Lover), Op. 14 6:30
String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56 "Voces Intimae" 4:57
18 V. Allegro 4:57
Violin Sonata in F Major, JS178 7:41
19 III. Vivace 7:41
Suite caractéristique, Op. 100 1:07
20 I. Vivo 1:07
Suite mignonne, Op. 98a 1:46
21 II. Polka 1:46
The Tempest, Suite No. 1, Op. 109 3:48
22 IV. The Harvesters 2:16
23 VI. Scene 1:32
Lemminkäinen Legends, Op. 22 6:31
24 IV. Lemminkäinen's Return 6:31
25 Maan virsi (Song to the Earth), Op. 95 7:43
Cantata for the Conferment Ceremony of 1894 7:43
26 When the planets were born, when nature was created 7:43
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 20:35
27 III. Vivacissimo 6:23
28 IV. Finale: Allegro moderato 14:12

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Complete description

“It is hard to depart from life when the nature is so incredibly beautiful!” (Jean Sibelius).


The surrounding nature always formed an integral source of inspiration for Finland’s ‘national composer’ Jean Sibelius. In his youth the composer imagined birds as various instruments of the orchestra, but also in his mature compositions the element of nature is very much present. When Sibelius moved to his home, Ainola, in 1904 – a place where he was to live and compose until his death in 1957 – his only request was a view to the lake nearby. As Sibelius’ biographer wrote: “When Sibelius first left Helsinki, Järvenpää [where Ainola is located] was to a large extent untouched countryside. Foals and sheep almost nosed their way into the house, and from time to time an elk majestically bestrode the grounds.” This peaceful environment inspired Sibelius to write the main part of his catalogue of works.


Sibelius’ had the unique skill of hearing colours that he saw as music. For Sibelius, D Major meant sunshine in music. For this very reason, this 140-minute long programme of Sibelius’ summer music ends with the popular 2nd Symphony in D Major.