Composer of the Week

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JEAN SIBELIUS (1865-1957)

"Music is for me like a beautiful mosaic which God has put together. He takes all the pieces in his hand, throws them into the world, and we have to recreate the picture from the pieces" (Jean Sibelius, 1905)

We celebrate the quintessentially Finnish composer's 150th birthday in 2015 with a selection of the works he pieced together during his career.

SIBELIUS: Symphony No 4 in A minor Op 63 - New Zealand SO, Pietari Inkinen (Naxos 8.572227)

SIBELIUS: Rakastava Op 14 - Jenny Carlstedt (mezzo), Arttu Kataja (bar), Estonian Phil Chamber Choir, Heikki Seppänen (Ondine ODE 1260-2D)

SIBELIUS: Where the thrush toils - Estonian Phil Chamber Choir, Heikki Seppänen (Ondine ODE 1260-2D)

SIBELIUS: Homesickness - Estonian Phil Chamber Choir, Heikki Seppänen (Ondine ODE 1260-2D)

SIBELIUS: Alone in the Dark Forest's Clasp - Estonian Phil Chamber Choir, Heikki Seppänen (Ondine ODE 1260-2D)

Sunday, 19 August 2012
Lili Boulanger (1893 - 1918)

9am Sunday 19 August and 7pm Monday 20 August 2012Lili Boulanger

Thomas Goss looks at the tragically short life of Lili Boulanger, who died from Crohn’s disease at the age of 24. Despite the difficulties caused by her health, she was able to study as a composer and win the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1913.

We celebrate Lili Boulanger’s remarkable achievements in the week of Debussy’s 150th birthday and as a complement to our Expo Belle Epoque day, focussing on the period in which Lili lived.

We used examples from the following recordings in the programme:

L BOULANGER: Faust et Hélène - BBC Philharmonic/ Yan Pascal Tortelier (Chandos CHAN 9745)
L BOULANGER: Nocturne for violin and piano - Olivier Charlier (vln), Emile Naoumoff (pno) (Marco Polo 8.223636)
L BOULANGER: Les Sirènes - Calliope, Women's Choir/ Régine Theodoresco
L BOULANGER: Hymne au Soleil - Christine Friedek (sop), Regine Böhm (mezzo), Bernhard Gärtner (ten), Sabine Eberspächer (pno), Heidelberg Madrigal Choir/ Gerald Kegelmann (Bayer BR 100 041)
L BOULANGER: Pour les Funerailles d’un Soldat - Vincent Le Texier (bar), Belgian French Community & Namur Symphony Choir, Luxembourg Phil/ Mark Stringer (Timpani 1C 1046)
L BOULANGER: Soir sur la plaine- Christine Friedek (sop), Regine Böhm (mezzo), Bernhard Gärtner (ten), Sabine Eberspächer (pno), Heidelberg Madrigal Choir/ Gerald Kegelmann (Bayer BR 100 041)
L BOULANGER: Faust et Hélène - BBC Philharmonic/ Yan Pascal Tortelier (Chandos CHAN 9745)
L BOULANGER: D’un jardin clair - Emile Naoumoff (pno) (Marco Polo 8.223636)
L BOULANGER: Parfois, je suis triste from Clairières dans le ciel - Martyn Hill (ten), Andrew Ball (pno) (Hyperion CDA 66726)
L BOULANGER: Psalm 130, de Profundis; Vielle prière bouddhique; D’un matin de printemps; D’un soir triste - Vincent Le Texier (bar), Belgian French Community & Namur Symphony Choir, Luxembourg Phil/ Mark Stringer (Timpani 1C 1046)