The "Korpo" Trio

1A1.mp3 = 1st movement: Allegro moderato (excerpt from the beginning) | 1A2.mp3 = 2nd movement: Fantasia (excerpt from the beginning)
Jaakko Kuusisto, violin; Marko Ylönen, cello; Folke Gräsbeck, piano

In the summer of 1887 the brothers Janne and Christian Sibelius, aged 21 and 18 respectively, their mother Maria Sibelius and their uncle Pehr Sibelius travelled to the Turku archipelago for their holidays. Later on they were joined by the boys' 23-year-old sister Linda. They found accommodation in the grounds of Korpo Manor.

Pehr took his square piano with him, Janne took his violin and Christian brought his cello. Their hostess at Korpo Manor, Ina Wilenius, was a talented pianist, and the Sibelius brothers played chamber music with her and their sister Linda in the music room at Korpo Manor.

Even while he was living in Hämeenlinna Janne had composed chamber music, and during his student years he produced an increasing number of works. In the spring of 1887 he had commenced studies of composition at the Helsinki Music Institute, as a pupil of Martin Wegelius.

In Korpo he had an opportunity to compose music for immediate use, without the constraints imposed by academic discipline. And so the players in the music room at Korpo Manor tackled not only classical chamber works but also new pieces by Sibelius. The biggest of the compositions from the summer of 1887 was a Piano Trio in D major, the so-called "Korpo" Trio. It was not performed in public during the composer’s lifetime. The whereabouts of the manuscript were long unknown and Sibelius himself believed that it was lost. When Sibelius’s heirs donated the big collection of manuscripts from Ainola to the National Library of Finland in 1982, however, the "Korpo" Trio was found to be among them.