Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 5 & 6
Catalogue Number LSO0537
James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineer (Symphony No 5)
Tony Faulkner for Green Room Productions balance engineer (Symphony No 6)
Symphony No 5 recorded December 2003, Barbican, London
Symphony No 6 recorded September 2002, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch
Classic FM’s Disc of the Month
'Stunning ... Flawless committed playing of the LSO, but what's really remarkable is the sense of space that Davis brings to the music - you can hear every note in the orchestral texture.'
BBC Music Magazine’s Top 5 Discs of the Month
'This LSO Live Sibelius/Davis series is turning out very well indeed. In the Fifth the sense of growth, of many facets all belonging to an organic whole, is outstanding ... [the Sixth Symphony] is an exemplary performance ... Strongly recommended.'
The Sunday Times’ Classical CD of the Week
'[Sir Colin Davis] brings a lifetime of wisdom to this ever-astonishing music ... Davis is a supreme interpreter of this work ... An outstanding disc, beautifully recorded.'
'It courses with life from start to finish. This is terrain well-travelled by Sir Colin ... but the latest recording, from the London Symphony itself far surpasses both [previous recordings].'
New York Times
'A crafty pairing: the familiar fifth, played with all the seasoned wisdom one would expect of this veteran maestro and his mean London machine, alongside the less well-known, but no less rewarding sixth ... a must for serious collectors.'
'Conductor and orchestra give commanding performances of both symphonies. The fifth is majestic and inspired, beautifully detailed and paced.'
'The sense of organic growth and of architectural coherence founded upon the wonderful tonal resources of the LSO make the performance hard to resist.'
Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra
Sibelius was one of the most gifted and innovative symphonists who created music of astonishing beauty and luminosity. His Fifth Symphony is a breathtaking voyage that culminates in a resplendent finale, whilst the Symphony No 6 is more subtle, mysterious and refined to perfection.
|Conductor||Sir Colin Davis|
|Performers||London Symphony Orchestra|
2. Symphony No 5 in E-flat Major: II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
3. Symphony No 5 in E-flat Major: III. Allegro molto
4. Symphony No 6 in D Minor: I. Allegro molto moderato
5. Symphony No 6 in D Minor: II. Allegro moderato
6. Symphony No 6 in D Minor: III. Poco vivace
7. Symphony No 6 in D Minor: IV. Allegro molto