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Jussi Jalas

Jussi Jalas The Sibelius Recordings (3CD)

Conductor Jussi Jalas (1908–1985), was closely associated with Sibelius’ music. Furthermore, he was closely associated with Sibelius’ family as he married Sibelius’ daughter, Jeanne Margareta and fathered two sons. His teachers included Pierre Monteux and he taught at the conservatory named after his father-in-law between 1945 and 1965. Later, he directed the Finnish National Opera where he gave the Finnish premieres of Peter Grimes and The Rape of Lucretia.

At the time of their release, the recordings collected here were a revelation for the many listeners who were completely unfamiliar with the theatrical side of Sibelius’ work as a composer. "Scaramouche" received its first recording as part of the 1975 LP release. The recordings still reveal an uncommon sympathy for and understanding of, some of Sibelius’s lesser-known music. The recordings of "Finlandia," "Andante festive," "Four Legend’s" and "In Memoriam" are released on CD for the first time.


CD 1
The Tempest: Suite No. 1, Op. 109 No. 2
The Tempest: Suite No. 2, Op. 109 No. 3
Kuolema: Incidental Music
King Christian, Op. 27

CD 2
Scènes historiques I, Op. 25
Scènes historiques II, Op. 66
Scaramouche, Op. 71
Swanwhite, Op. 54

CD 3*
Andante festivo

Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra
Jussi Jalas

Four Legends
In Memoriam, Op. 59

Hugarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Jussi Jalas