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Under strandens granar, Op 13 No 1
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'Sibelius: Songs' (CDH55471)
Sibelius: Songs
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Under strandens granar, Op 13 No 1
Almost a quarter of Sibelius’s songs are settings of Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804–1877), the great Finnish poet writing in Swedish, and without doubt Sibelius’s favourite poet. The Opus 13 settings are all Runeberg and they come from the early 1890s: indeed, they were announced in the press as early as 1892, the same year in which he had scored his breakthrough with the Kullervo Symphony. Under strandens granar (‘Under the fir trees’) was written on his honeymoon at Monola in Lake Pielsjärvi in the summer of 1892. Runeberg’s poem has something of the spirit of a folk-ballad: it tells how a watersprite seduces a handsome youth by assuming various disguises. Sibelius’s setting makes use of some freely-conceived recitative and the piano texture is obviously conceived in orchestral terms.

from notes by Robert Layton © 2002

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55471 track 25
Recording date
28 June 2001
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Sibelius: Songs (CDA67318)
    Disc 1 Track 25
    Release date: April 2002
    Deletion date: April 2012
    Superseded by CDH55471
  2. Sibelius: Songs (CDH55471)
    Disc 1 Track 25
    Release date: December 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  3. Hyperion monthly sampler – December 2013 (HYP201312)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: December 2013
    Download-only monthly sampler
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