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Sibelius - The Seven Symphonies and Kullervo

Composer Jean Sibelius
Performer Tommi Hakala
Lilli Paasikivi
YL Male Voice Choir
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2506 SACD
EAN 7318599925066
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

  –  4 discs
Release date Oct 2020
Total time 314'14

Box - 4 discs for the price of 3

Osmo Vänskä has been described as ‘our greatest living Sibelian’ (The Sunday Times, UK), a reputation which is founded not least on his two symphony cycles on disc, both released by BIS. The first one was recorded in 1996-97 with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, and firmly established Vänskä as a force to be reckoned with.&&& 14 years later he returned to the studio for a second cycle, now with the Minnesota Orchestra, of which he has been music director since 2003.

The Minnesota recordings were released on three discs during the years 2012 – 2016 to critical acclaim: besides top marks from reviewers around the world, the series garnered distinctions such as Editor’s Choice (Gramophone), Orchestral Choice (BBC Music Magazine) and Recording of the month (MusicWeb International). The disc of Symphonies Nos 2 and 5 was included on the New York Times list of the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012 and nominated to a Grammy for Best Orchestral Recording, an award which its sequel (Nos 1 & 4) received the following year. Recommended by the German web site upon its release, the final disc, with Symphonies Nos 3, 6 and 7, was recently included on Gramophone’s list of ‘Top 10 Sibelius recordings’. The three discs have now been gathered into a box set, with the addition of the same team’s 2016 live recording of Kullervo, Sibelius’s first large-scale orchestral work and sometimes called his ‘choral symphony’.
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Disc 1
  Jean Sibelius
  Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 34'27
01 I. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico 9'36
02 II. Andante (ma non troppo lento) 8'45
03 III. Scherzo. Allegro – Lento (ma non troppo) – Tempo I 4'34
04 IV. Finale (Quasi una fantasia). Andante – Allegro molto 11'32
  Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op. 63 38'14
05 I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio 11'59
06 II. Allegro molto vivace 4'17
07 III. Il tempo largo 13'10
08 IV. Allegro 8'48
Disc 2
  Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43 46'04
01 I. Allegretto 9'11
02 II. Tempo Andante, ma rubato 16'28
03 III. Vivacissimo - Lento e soave - attacca - 5'47
04 IV. Finale. Allegro moderato 14'38
  Symphony No. 5 in E flat major Op. 82 30'42
05 I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato 13'13
06 II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto 8'35
07 III. Allegro molto - Largamente assai 8'54
Disc 3
  Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52 29'41
01 I. Allegro moderato 10'14
02 II. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto 10'40
03 III. Moderato - Allegro (ma non tanto) 8'47
  Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 28'49
04 I. Allegro molto moderato 9'06
05 II. Allegretto moderato 6'56
06 III. Poco vivace 3'47
07 IV. Allegro molto 9'00
  Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105
08 Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105, in one movement 22'01
Disc 4
  Kullervo, Op. 7 78'46
01 I. Introduction. Allegro moderato 12'46
02 II. Kullervo’s Youth. Grave 19'05
03 III. Kullervo and his Sister. Allegro vivace 25'55
04 IV. Kullervo Goes to War. Alla marcia 9'41
05 V. Kullervo’s Death. Andante 11'19
  Album total 314'14
ComposerJean Sibelius
ConductorVanska (Vänskä), Osmo
OrchestraMinnesota Orchestra
BaritoneHakala, Tommi
Mezzo-sopranoPaasikivi, Lilli
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