Just before the 150th birthday of Jean Sibelius on December 8th we have another great new release of music by the celebrated composer. Finnish pianist Janne Mertanen has recorded all Sibelius’ piano works to a box of five CDs. This extensive album has just been released by Sony Music’s label Sony Classical and it includes all piano works by Sibelius that have an opus number.
A Steinway Artist Janne Mertanen came to the attention of the wider musical public in 1992 with a win in the International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, Germany. Since that he has gain publicity not only by his interpretation of Chopin but also performing romantic and classical piano music.
Mertanen has mentioned that Sibelius have become part of his interest a bit later. “This recording project has been a journey full of experiences and I can assure that some of the works of these five records will stay in my repertoire for good”, he states at his latest press release.