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Eero Heinonen - Jean Sibelius: Piano Works (2003)

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Eero Heinonen - Jean Sibelius: Piano Works (2003)

Eero Heinonen - Jean Sibelius: Piano Works (2003)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Apex/Warner Classics | # 2564-60114-2 | Time: 01:18:43

There are two points concerning the piano music of Sibelius that I feel need to be kept in mind. One is that the piano was not a natural instrument for Sibelius to communicate his musical thoughts. The other is that his ability to write appealing music extended to his piano compositions. Merging the two points results in attractive music that does not reflect the masterful orchestral works and symphonies that Sibelius composed.

Sibelius wrote most of his piano music in response to financial requirements, while his strongest concentration was saved for his large-scale works. The variable quality of the piano music is apparent in any recorded program, ranging from disjointed and rambling pieces to music of dramatic substance and pieces that delight and sparkle. However, you will not find any hidden masterpieces, as the works do not plumb deep emotional issues or offer the structural coherence found in the works of outstanding composers for the piano.

A few weeks ago I reviewed for MusicWeb Volume 4 of Håvard Gimse’s traversal of the Sibelius piano music on Naxos, finding the performances warm and loving. The new entrant in this repertoire is a Warner Apex reissue of performances by Eero Heinonen recorded in the late 1990s. Heinonen’s program is a fine one that highlights the more serious and extended piano works of Sibelius. The program includes the Opus 12 Piano Sonata and the piano arrangement of Finlandia. There is also "Kyllikki", a series of three pieces among the more serious of Sibelius’s output.

Overall Heinonen imparts greater substance to this music than Gimse for Naxos. As an example, "Campanula" from Op. 85 receives a flat and anonymous reading from Gimse, while Heinonen offers a variety of colors and sonorities that makes the music come alive. Also, Heinonen’s soundstage is exceptional with fine richness and clarity; Gimse’s sound is excellent but somewhat glassy in the higher registers.

Heinonen begins his program with the Five Characteristic Pieces, Op. 103. This is an excellent start as "The Village Church" has a ceremonial first theme perfect for ushering in a recorded program. The piece also has a strong impressionist element that can also be found in many of the other higher opus numbered works. The gem of the Opus 103 pieces is "The Oarsman" which has a Spanish flavor and flourish to it that reminds me of the uplifting piano music of Enrique Granados.

The most extended work on the recording is the Opus 12 Piano Sonata with its nostalgic and lovely "Andantino" having delightfully perky and pristine passages for exceptional contrast. Also on the extended agenda is the arrangement of Finlandia that works fairly well in its piano guise. The rumbling of the bass chords at the beginning of the piece is highly effective in Heinonen’s hands, and he also fully captures the work’s poignancy.

I would have no problem citing Heinonen’s disc as the best single-disc recording of Sibelius’s piano music on the market but for the Olli Mustonen offering from Ondine. Mustonen is on a higher plane altogether with his wonderful rhythmic elasticity and sharper contours. Although the two discs only have in common the Opus 68 Rondinos, Mustonen’s greater verve and emotional breadth reveals additional emotional layers only hinted at by Heinonen. For instance, Heinonen prioritizes the mystery and lush properties of the Rondino No. 1. Mustonen also offers these qualities but adds suspense and urgency through changes in dynamics and the highlighting of musical suspensions.

In summary, this newly reissued Warner Apex disc is an excellent representation of the piano music of Sibelius. I think it likely that most readers would want only one or two recordings of the particular repertoire. Acquiring the Heinonen and Mustonen discs is an excellent route to take, especially since the two only have about five minutes of music in common. For those desirous of the complete body of piano works, Håvard Gimse’s Naxos recordings should fully satisfy except for some loss in substance. Erik T. Tawaststjerna on BIS offers another fine cycle, but the Naxos price tag is considerably lower with performances as rewarding as on the BIS recordings.

I want to emphasize that Sibelius’s piano music is not essential except for ardent piano enthusiasts and those who must have every note he wrote. However, the piano music is certainly appealing in it own right and well above the level of pleasant background music.

Review by Don Satz, MusicWeb-International

Eero Heinonen - Jean Sibelius: Piano Works (2003)



Tracklist:

01. Five Characteristic Impressions, Op.103 - I. The Village Church (03:31)
02. Five Characteristic Impressions, Op.103 - II. The Fiddler (02:28)
03. Five Characteristic Impressions, Op.103 - III. The Carsman (02:26)
04. Five Characteristic Impressions, Op.103 - IV. The Storm (01:42)
05. Five Characteristic Impressions, Op.103 - V. In Mournful Mood (02:15)

06. Kyllikki (Three Lyric Pieces), Op.41 - I. Largamente (02:59)
07. Kyllikki (Three Lyric Pieces), Op.41 - II. Andantino (04:47)
08. Kyllikki (Three Lyric Pieces), Op.41 - III. Commodo (03:29)

09. Five Esquisses, Op.114 - I. Landscape (02:53)
10. Five Esquisses, Op.114 - II. Winter Scene (02:09)
11. Five Esquisses, Op.114 - III. Forest Lake (01:35)
12. Five Esquisses, Op.114 - IV. Song in the Forest (02:28)
13. Five Esquisses, Op.114 - V. Spring Vision (01:45)

14. Piano Sonata, Op.12 - I. Allegro moderato (06:30)
15. Piano Sonata, Op.12 - II. Andantino (07:01)
16. Piano Sonata, Op.12 - III. Allegro pochettino moderato (04:34)

17. Five Pieces ('The Flowers'), Op.85 - I. Bellis (01:31)
18. Five Pieces ('The Flowers'), Op.85 - II. OEillet (02:00)
19. Five Pieces ('The Flowers'), Op.85 - III. Iris (03:08)
20. Five Pieces ('The Flowers'), Op.85 - IV. Aquileja (02:14)
21. Five Pieces ('The Flowers'), Op.85 - V. Campanula (02:24)

22. Rondino, Op.68 No.1 (03:41)
23. Rondino, Op.68 No.2 (02:07)

24. Finlandia, Op.26/7 (08:52)


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Eero Heinonen - Jean Sibelius: Piano Works (2003)