Sibelius: Skogsraet - The Wood Nymph Op.15
Urtext based on the Complete Edition „Jean Sibelius Works“ (JSW) - ed. by Tuija Wicklund
Sibelius' Forest Nymph proudly emerges from the woods
It was already a minor sensation when conductor Osmo Vänskä introduced curious listeners to the music of "Skogsraet" (English: The Forest Nymph) in a concert and on a CD recording in 1996. Who would have thought that there were still over 20 minutes of superb orchestral music by Sibelius to be discovered? It should be said that this is no early work that the composer later rejected. The Forest Nymph was written in 1895, thus shortly after the Kullervo Symphony and the first version of "En saga." After the first performances, the Forest Nymph fell into a long sleep. It caught the public's attention momentarily in 1936 when it was performed in Helsinki at an official state ceremony and transmitted live on the radio. The score and orchestral parts are now being issued as pre-publications from Volume I/9 of the complete edition "Jean Sibelius Werke," which will also contain the orchestral work "Varsang" (Spring Song) op. 16 in two authentic versions.