Sibelius: Symphony No 2 & Pohjola's Daughter

  • Catalogue Number LSO0605
    UPC 822231160526

    James Mallinson producer
    Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineer

    Pohjola's Daughter recorded September and October 2005, Barbican, London
    Symphony No 2 recorded September 2006, Barbican, London

    DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch

  • Recommended ‘It combines the electric atmosphere of a live performance with the accumulated experience of decades of performing and recording this composer. There’s a sense of synchronicity between conductor and orchestra, of elasticity and spontaneity, of organic growth from one moment and one movement to the next.’
    BBC Radio 3 Building a Library

    Disc of the Month 'Davis reminds us now just how great he is in Sibelius with a marvellous new recording of the Second Symphony ... the strength of this performance, where a patient (and all the more involving for that) build-up leads to a shattering finale. Davis loves Sibelius, and the orchestra clearly love playing for him. Listening to a Sibelius performance of this calibre, there's no other composer one would rather hear.' Gramophone

    'This is an absolutely magnificent performance of the Second Symphony from first bar to last, reinforcing yet again the contention that live performances by great orchestras and conductors often have the edge over multi-edited studio recordings ... The sense of musical atmosphere is superbly maintained throughout and is well caught in this excellent recording ... [Pohjola’s Daughter] is given an equally outstanding reading. This disc is a serious challenger for orchestral record of the year by any standards.' International Record Review

    'This might turn out to be the finest Sibelius cycle on disc ... superbly handled by these fine players under a master Sibelian.' The Observer

    'There is so much about these performances that is ear-opening - or just plain magnificent.' BBC Music Magazine

    'The latest LSO Live CD shows the orchestra (and the sound engineers) in resplendent form ... This is monumental Sibelius.'
    Sunday Times

    'He [Sir Colin Davis] builds the first movement to a thrilling climax without over-dramatising it. The slow movement has even more expressive power, with superb brass playing.' Sunday Telegraph

    'A towering interpretation of the Second Symphony ... This is the LSO and Sir Colin Davis at the very peak of their powers ... I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to say that it ranks amongst the orchestra’s three finest symphonic recordings for the label ... This is easily one of the greatest Sibelius recordings of all time.'


Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra

Sibelius was one of the 20th century's greatest and most innovative symphonists, with a musical style evoking beauty, mystery, colour and light. Influenced as much by a period of living in Italy as by his Finnish homeland, the Second Symphony marked a major step in his development as a composer, and remains one of his most popular works.

Composer   Sibelius
Conductor   Sir Colin Davis
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. Pohjola's Daughter (Pohjolan tytär), Symphonic Fantasy for Orchestra
2. Symphony No 2 in D Major: I. Allegretto
3. Symphony No 2 in D Major: II. Tempo Andante, Ma Rubato
4. Symphony No 2 in D Major: III. Vivacissimo
5. Symphony No 2 in D Major: IV. Finale - Allegro Moderato

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