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Sibelius – Complete Symphonies & Tone Poems (FLAC)

Sibelius - Complete Symphonies & Tone Poems (FLAC)

Sibelius – Complete Symphonies & Tone Poems (FLAC)

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Performer: Laurence Thorstenberg, Salvatore Accardo
Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Number of Discs: 5
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Decca
Catalogue: 4783696
Release: 2012
Size: 1.37 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: cover

CD 01
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39
01. 1. Andante, ma non troppo – Allegro energico
02. 2. Andante, ma non troppo lento
03. 3. Scherzo. Allegro
04. 4. Finale. Quasi una fantasia

05. Finlandia, Op. 26
06. Pohjola’s Daughter, Op. 49
07. Tapiola, Op. 112

CD 02
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43
01. 1. Allegretto
02. 2. Tempo andante, ma rubato
03. 3. Vivacissimo – Lento e suave – Largamente
04. 4. Finale. Allegro moderato

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105
05. Adagio –
06. Vivacissimo – Adagio –
07. Allegro molto moderato – Allegro moderato –
08. Vivace – Presto – Adagio – Largamente molto –
09. Affettuoso

CD 03
Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52
01. 1. Allegro moderato
02. 2. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
03. 3. Moderato – Allegro ma non tanto

Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63
04. 1. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
05. 2. Allegro molto vivace
06. 3. Il tempo largo
07. 4. Allegro

CD 04
Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
01. 1. Tempo molto moderato – Largamente – Allegro moderato
02. 2. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
03. 3. Allegro molto

Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104
04. 1. Allegro molto moderato
05. 2. Allegretto moderato
06. 3. Poco vivace
07. 4. Allegro molto

08. The Swan of Tuonela (from Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22)
09. Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

CD 05
01. En Saga, Op. 9

Karelia Suite, Op. 11
02. 1. Intermezzo. Moderato
03. 2. Ballade. Tempo di menuetto
04. 3. Alla marcia. Moderato

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
05. 1. Allegro moderato
06. 2. Adagio di molto
07. 3. Allegro, ma non tanto

Since the beginning of his recording career, Colin Davis has been a champion of the music of Jean Sibelius, and his highly regarded cycle of the seven symphonies has been a mainstay of many LP and CD collections over the years. Recorded between 1975 and 1979 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and grouped here with the Violin Concerto and various famous tone poems, such as Finlandia, The Swan of Tuonela, and Tapiola, Davis’ set is still a viable contender against other packages on the market, and listeners who want lucid interpretations will be hard pressed to find any that improve on these performances. The BSO deserves much credit for playing the music with sympathetic expression, full sonorities, and technical expertise, because the ensemble had included Sibelius’ works in its repertoire for decades under Sergey Koussevitzky. Add to this Davis’ understanding of the subtle changes in Sibelius’ music, from the ardent Romantic nationalism that informed the early period to the anguished, introspective struggles that made his final works so profound and moving. Decca’s recorded sound was exceptional to begin with, so the remastering from analog to digital has preserved all of the originals’ richness and luster without artificial enhancements.

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