Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 3 & 7
Catalogue Number LSO0552
James Mallinson producer
Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineer
Symphony No 3 recorded October 2003, Barbican, London
Symphony No 7 recorded September 2003, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch
Gramophone Magazine’s Editor's Choice
'[Davis’] Berlioz series on LSO Live entranced listeners around the world with the combination of his love for the music and the spontaneity of live performance. Now Sir Colin's first Sibelius recordings for the label are set to achieve the same.'
'Anyone lucky enough to have been at these magnificent Barbican concerts last autumn will know that Davis is enjoying a remarkable Indian summer with the LSO; those who weren't can discover from this magnificent recording.'
'Exhilarating - Davis cogently builds the great work to its inevitable climax in a performance that is as impressive in the tempestuous brass passages as in the airy lightness of the woodwind and strings in the scherzo.'
'It is hard to imagine these works in more idiomatic performances ... Davis remains one of the world's leading international Sibelians, and his love for this music emerges from every bar of his pristine, expansive yet momentous account ... this new version is still more intense, yearning, mysterious ... this disc deserves to fly out of the shops.'
'The orchestra wallows in the music's concentrated magnificence, creating gripping tensions and glorious releases that will leave few listeners untouched.'
Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra
With his third symphony Sibelius began a process of innovation that was to culminate in his seventh and final symphony. He discarded the conventional structure of a symphony and into each work condensed a unique aura that evokes beauty, mystery, colour and light together with his love of his Finnish homeland.
|Sir Colin Davis
|London Symphony Orchestra
2. Symphony No 3 in C Major: II. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
3. Symphony No 3 in C Major: III. Moderato - Allegro (Ma non tanto)
4. Symphony No 7 in C Major: I. Adagio - Vivacissimo - Allegro - Moderato - Vivace - Presto - Adagio