Sibelius Piano Trio vol. II (2016)

Sibelius, Wennakoski, Saariaho

Sibelius Piano Trio

Jean Sibelius’ piano trios were important to him personally. He wrote them in his youth, during the summers he spent vacationing with his brothers and sisters on various islands in Houtskär, the Finnish archipelago off the southwest coast of Finland. Sibelius loved these islands, and the three trios we include in this recording were eventually named after two of his favorite islands, as well as the coastal town of Lovisa, where his Aunt Evelina had a house.1 Given their natural talents, the young Sibelius siblings formed a trio. Janne2 played the violin, his sister Linda played the piano, and his brother Christian played the cello. Given the family musicians at hand, it was natural for Sibelius to write piano trios for their mutual enjoyment. 
The young Sibelius wrote his Havträsk Trio in A Minor (JS 207) during the summer of 1886, during his first vacation after beginning his studies in music composition. It feels like we hear everything Sibelius learned in class, experimenting as he was, but now not under his teacher’s watchful eye! Movement one begins bombastically, balanced by the three lighter movements which follow. The Andantino second movement gives voice to some of Sibelius’ most beautiful melodies, followed by the whimsical and virtuosic Scherzo third movement which reminds me a little of Mendelssohn. Sibelius finished the piece with a simple melody which culminates into a surprisingly passionate dance. 

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Sibelius Piano Trio

Petteri, Juho and Samuli founded Sibelius Piano Trio a few years ago, and catapulted to success on the European concert stage.  When three international soloists of this caliber unite to form a chamber music ensemble, the results are predictably electric.  These three friends love playing together, and this love is easy to hear in their concerts and in their recording. 
Petteri lived in Los Angeles for several years while studying with Hagai Shaham at Thornton School of Music at USC, and he has close family in Southern California.  Yarlung had worked with Petteri to record his now legendary albums Art of the Violin and Art of the Sonata with Canadian pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald, released in DSD, on CD and on vinyl. 
Juho has performed often in Los Angeles, once with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, three times with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and once in our home for a LACO event which we very much enjoyed. 

The Sibelius Piano Trio’s March, 2016 Segerstrom Center for the Arts concert marked Samuli‘s concert debut in the United States.  We are eager for his return. 

 

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Sibelius Piano Trio vol. II (2016)

Sibelius, Wennakoski, Saariaho

Sibelius Piano Trio

    The Absolute Sound

"The stunningly realistic sound quality of Yarlung’s releases is a testament to the team’s dedication to capturing the musical intent of the artists. Moreover, Yarlung’s unusual technique of recording movements in their entirety produces a much more natural musical flow than the typical method of editing together multiple takes. The musicians, however, must be world-class performers and extremely well-prepared."

Robert Harley[read full review]

    The Absolute Sound

"Though renowned for his symphonic works, Sibelius wrote a lot of chamber music too, much of it in his early career, that remains little known. This includes several piano trios from the 1880s that the young composer (an accomplished violinist) wrote to play with his brother and sister. They sound nothing like his mature masterpieces but are nevertheless charming, expertly made, and brimming over with dandy tunes, inventive but always idiomatic and transparent instrumental textures, and a youthful, high-spirited delight in music-making. Korppoo Trio is the most ambitious and expansive of the three Sibelius trios on Yarlung’s program, coming in at 26 minutes, its fluent, melodic opening allegro interrupted on occasion by stabbing, rather Beethovenian assertions and even a clean-lined fugato at one point, though the overall form is classic in outline and clear as a bell. The second movement unfolds elaborate episodes that delve into Romantic pathos and fantasy, with striking use of high birdcalls and glassy harmonics in the violin (presumably to show off the young composer-violinist’s prowess on his instrument). A vivace rondo finale dances gaily along, bringing the trio to an exhilarating conclusion. Hafträsk Trio is warmer, more relaxed, and closer to Grieg, while the concise Lovisa Trio puts two light-hearted and celebratory allegros around a more emotive andante. All three works, especially as played con amore here by the superb Sibelius Piano Trio, will be immediately appealing to any lover of chamber music, as they most certainly are to yours truly. The Sibelius Trio plays with absolute technical security and impeccable tonal polish, traversing this large expanse of musical territory without missing a step. Yarlung’s recording, is, as usual, the epitome of sonic realism."

Mark Lehman[read full review]

Sibelius Piano Trio vol. II (2016)

Sibelius, Wennakoski, Saariaho

Sibelius Piano Trio

Cables:

Power cords for our most sensitive analog equipment were made for us personally by Gary Koh from Genesis Advanced Technologies. Digital components used power cords from Aural Symphonics

 

 

Digital Converters:Merging Technologies (Hapi for stereo and SonoruS Holographic Imaging, and Horus for 5.0 Surround Sound) and Merging Technologies Pyramix software
Editing Software:Pyramix
Mastering Engineer:Bob Attiyeh
Microphones:

AKG C-24 for stereo, and 2 additional Schoeps M222 mics for SonoruS Holographic Imaging mixes.  Four DPA 4006A mics and one 4041 mic for 5.0 Surround Sound.

Notes:

We recorded the stereo version of both volumes of Sibelius Piano Trio using an AKG C-24 stereo microphone from Ancona Audio, with a special new-old-stock RCA 6072 vacuum tube in it supplied and calibrated by David Bock, Yarlung’s microphone technician. We chose an Elliot Midwood vacuum tube microphone preamplifier and fed the signal into our Merging Technologies Hapi converter to record DSD256 using Pyramix Software

Our friend NativeDSD mastering engineer Tom Caulfield came from Boston to record The Sibelius Piano Trio in 5 channel surround sound using four DPA 4006A microphones, and one 4041 microphone in the center.   Tom built a carbon fiber array to hold the microphones which takes inspiration from a standard Decca Tree with three forward microphones and two additional surround microphones about twelve feet to the rear.   Tom fed these microphones directly into his Merging Technologies Horus converter to record in 256DSD. 

Using our two principal microphones from the String Quartet and song cycle, and adding two additional mid-hall Schoeps M222 vacuum tube microphones, Arian Jansen fed into the SonoruS Holographic Imaging processor to create a 2 channel mix that uses a proprietary matrix incorporating phase, timing and EQ information from the four microphones to reproduce a three-dimensional listening experience from two speakers.   Arian captured this Holographic Imaging version using his SonoruS ATR12 analog tape recorder using EMTEC 528 broadcast tape which we then converted from the analog tape using the Merging Technologies Hapi converter at DSD256fs. 

 Additional information about SonoruS Holographic Imaging: with the correct playback setup, this format can fill the room with musical information, with sound coming from up to 270 degrees around the listening position.  Holographic Imaging only works for one person in that exact listening position, however, and it only works if every component in the playback chain is phase coherent.  Please don’t be offended if your super-expensive system cannot accurately reproduce the holographic effect.  Not all premium audiophile systems are designed to incorporate this degree of phase representation.  Please download our Holographic Imaging test track first to determine if your system can accurately portray the signal circling around your listening position.   If it can, enjoy! If it cannot, we recommend the stereo or surround sound versions of this album instead.  The test tracks are available at www.yarlungrecords.com/sonorus

 

Producer:Bob Attiyeh
Recording Engineer:

Bob Attiyeh, stereo; Tom Caulfield, 5.0 Surround Sound; Arian Jansen, SonoruS Holographic Imaging    

Recording location:Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa California
Recording Software:Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD256
Speakers: formats were monitored on speakers from Genesis Advanced Technologies.

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Piano Trio in A minor, - Haftrask JS 207 Mov. I Allegro maestoso
Sibelius
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Piano Trio in A minor, - Haftrask JS 207 Mov. II Andantino
Sibelius
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Piano Trio in A minor, - Haftrask JS 207 207 Mov. III Scherzo
Sibelius
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Piano Trio in A minor, - Haftrask JS 207 207 Mov. IV Rondo
Sibelius
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Paarme
Wennakoski
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Je sens un duexieme Coeur Mov. I Je devoile ma peau
Saariaho
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Je sens un duexieme Coeur Mov. II Ouvre-moi, vite
Saariaho
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Je sens un duexieme Coeur Mov. III Dans le reve, elle l'attendait
Saariaho
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Je sens un duexieme Coeur Mov. IV Il faut que j'entre
Saariaho
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Je sens un duexieme Coeur Mov. V Je sens un deuxieme coeur qui bat tout pres du mien
Saariaho
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Lovisa Trio in C major Mov. I Allegro
Sibelius
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Lovisa Trio in C major Mov. II Andante
Sibelius
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Lovisa Trio in C major Mov. III Allegro con brio
Sibelius
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