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Sibelius: Complete Symphonies

  • Catalogue Number LSO0675
    UPC 822231167525

    Release date: 14th October
    5 SACD Hybrid + Pure Audio Blu-ray

    James Mallinson producer
    Classic Sound Ltd, engineering, editing, mixing & mastering
    Neil Hutchinson and Jonathan Stokes for
    Classic Sound Ltd remastering
    Tony Faulkner for Green Room Productions
    recording engineering & editing (Symphony No 6)

    Recorded live in DSD at the Barbican Hall, between 2002 and 2008
    Audio 2.0 stereo and multi-channel 5.0/5.1
    Total playing time 5h 31m 22s
    Clambox product. 50pp booklet.
    Programme notes in English / Notes de programme en français /
    Einführungstexte auf Deutsch

  • WINNER Best Choral Recording 2007 BBC Music Magazine Awards (Kullervo)
    WINNER Choc de l’année 2007 Le Monde de la Musique / Classica (Symphony No 2)
    WINNER Best Discs of the Year 2008 Audiophile Audition (Symphonies Nos 1 & 4)

    Editor’s Choice Gramophone (Symphonies Nos 3 & 7)
    Disc of the Month Gramophone (Symphony No 2)
    Disc of the Month ‘Stunning ... Flawless committed playing of the LSO.’ Classic FM Magazine (Symphonies Nos 5 & 6)

    ‘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
    ‘These reflective, deeply felt performances are among the most penetrating on disc.’ BBC Music Magazine (Symphonies Nos 1 & 4)
    ‘It is hard to imagine these works in more idiomatic performances ... this disc deserves to fly out of the shop.’ The Sunday Times(Symphonies Nos 3 & 7)
    ‘Hopefully the LSO Live microphones also captured The Oceanides... a wonderful account.’ Classical Source


Sir Colin Davis
London Symphony Orchestra

Sibelius was one of the 20th century’s greatest and most innovative symphonists, reworking the traditional symphonic structure as radically as Beethoven did in his day. Though his early works show Russian and Italian influences (as a product of his country’s history and his travelling, respectively), his music gradually developed its own identity, characterised by beauty, mystery, colour and light, together with his strong love for his native Finnish homeland. Praised for their sound quality as well as the music-making, this set of classic LSO Live recordings also includes a Pure Audio Blu-ray disc, containing HD Master Audio streams, allowing listeners to experience this award-winning cycle in a whole new way. The Blu-ray disc also contains downloadable files (DSD / FLAC / WAV / MP3) that can be transferred to portable devices.

Composer   Sibelius
Conductor   Sir Colin Davis
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Chorus
Soloists   Monica Groop, Peter Mattei

Track list

Disc 1
Symphony No 1 in E minor, Op 39
1. i. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico
2. ii. Andante (ma non troppo lento)
3. iii. Scherzo: Allegro
4. iv. Finale (Quasi una fantasia): Andante

Symphony No 4 in A minor, Op. 63
5. i. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
6. ii. Allegro molto vivace
7. iii. Il tempo largo
8. iv. Allegro

Disc 2
1. Pohjola's Daugher, Op. 49

Symphony No 2 in D major, Op. 43
2. i. Allegretto
3. ii. Tempo andante, ma rubato
4. iii. Vivacissimo
5. iv. Finale: Allegro moderato

Disc 3
Symphony No 3 in C major, Op. 52
1. i. Allegro moderato
2. ii. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
3. iii. Moderato - Allegro ma non tanto

4. Symphony No 7 in C major, Op. 105: Adagio - Vivacissimo - Adagio - Allegro molto moderato - Allegro moderato - Vivace - Presto - Adagio - Largamente molto - Tempo primo

5. The Oceanides, Op. 73

Disc 4
Symphony No 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82
1. i. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato
2. ii. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
3. iii. Allegro molto

Symphony No 6 in D minor, Op. 104
4. i. Allegro molto moderato
5. ii. Allegro moderato
6. iii. Poco vivace
7. iv. Allegro molto

Disc 5
Kullervo, Op. 7
1. i. Introduction (Allegro moderato)
2. ii. Kullervo's Youth (Grave)
3. iii. Kullervo and his sister (Allegro vivace)
4. iv. Kullervo goes to battle (Alla marcia)
5. v. Kullervo's death (Andante)

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