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Tulen synty (The origin of fire) opus 32

 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:07 am    Post subject: Tulen synty (The origin of fire) opus 32 Reply with quote

This is, I think so, the first recording (1953) of Tulen synty.

It isn´t on CD. The sound is a vinyl rip.

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The origin of fire is one of my favourite works by Sibelius. Perhaps it isn't a great one, but I found it very very beautiful.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the original LP [Varese Sarabande VC 81041] and also I have it on Cd [Rediscovery RD 127] I got this from America over the internet, if I can find the site again then I will post it on the forum. The recording quality is outstanding in genuine stereo made in 1953. Johnson's account of Pohjola's Daughter is also one of the finest comitted to disc.--kp

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Got my Cd from the above site.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you! A great new.

I think that the best recording is Vänskä's (it uses to be. Berglund's and Järvi's are quite fine also. This is a little worse.

I write about the Tulen synty discography, I don't know about more recordings. Do you?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also have the LP of the Varèse Sarabande (well done Pete, I didn't know about the CD transfer) and rate the performance highly. I find it has a more brooding atmosphere and greater intensity than the Berglund. To my ears neither the otherwise fine Vänskä nor - especially - the sluggish Järvi versions quite get the structural relationships right, primarily between the introduction and the start of the baritone solo, though at least Vänskä tries to do what the score asks. Of course I mean the 1910 score - I should add that I find Vänskä's performance of the original 1902 version very interesting too (here the inner proportions vary from those in the 1910 score and strike me as very well judged).

Of course it's not just a question of conductor: a lot will depend on how much you like the solo and choral singing in a work like this. Plenty of variety among the contenders here.

There's also a recording of the version with piano accompaniment by Raimo Laukka and YL Choir with Folke Gräsbeck at the piano and Matti Hyökki conducting the choir (BIS-CD-1930/32, just released as I write in October 2010).

Best live performance I've heard was by Okko Kamu and the Helsinki Philharmonic in about 1985 in the Finlandia Hall.

On the ending: in my score the trumpet holds its fortissimo note through the rest before the last chord. You heat this on Vänskä's recording (and I did in Kamu's concert) but not on the Johnson version or indeed others (in the 1902 version it's wholly different). Personally I think that trumpet note is a stroke of genius - well, just one among very many in this fantastic, underrated, underperformed work.

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