Sibelius: Early Chamber Music, Vol. 1: Violin Sonata in F; Suite for String Trio

COMPOSERS: Sibelius
LABELS: Ondine
WORKS: Early Chamber Music, Vol. 1: Violin Sonata in F; Suite for String Trio
PERFORMER: New Helsinki Quartet, Ernst Kovacic (violin), Juhani Lagerspetz (piano), etc
CATALOGUE NO: ODE 826-2 DDD
These are worthy Sibelian juvenilia, contemporary with his Kullervo Symphony (1892), though suppressed during the composer’s lifetime, and rediscovered only in 1982. Finest among them is the Violin Sonata; a Piano Quartet is in fact a theme and seven variations; the two remaining works are for string trio. The music is captivating, performances throughout are creditably idiomatic, and Ondine’s recording is serviceable. Michael Jameson

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