Sibelius: Complete Symphonies and Tone Poems

Sibelius: Complete Symphonies and Tone Poems
Composer Jean Sibelius
Artist Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester
Kurt Sanderling conductor
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky conductor
Format 7 CD
Cat. number 9439
EAN code 5029365943925
Release July 2013

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This special box set contains the complete symphonies and tone poems of Jean Sibelius, a composer whose works embodied the musical language of his native country. Such was his popularity in his native Finland that from 1897 onwards he was given a yearly state grant, permitting him to focus solely on his creative endeavours. Sibelius was heavily influenced by the Kalevala – the first real example of a Finnish national literature – and his music is praised for depicting the rugged form of the Finnish landscape. Among the works in this collection are the Lemminkaïnen Suite, in which we find the Swan of Tuonela, the Second Symphony and Finlandia, the tale of the struggle and subsequent victory of the Finnish people.

The recordings by the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, directed by Kurt Sanderling, are described by Gramophone’s Andrew Achenbach as full of ‘strength, integrity and fierce intelligence’, and are combined with performances by the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky.

Other information:
- Recordings from 1970–1991.
- This 7 CD set celebrates the major orchestral works of Finland’s most famous composer, Jean Sibelius: the complete 7 symphonies and the tone poems. Glorious orchestral music, universally loved and frequently performed, opening up a world of vast Scandinavian landscapes, both grandiose and intimate, a world of legends, heroes and romance.
- Superb recordings by the legendary Kurt Sanderling and the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester (gems from the Berlin Classics catalogue) and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vassily Sinaisky.
- Contains both orchestras’ intepretations of Finlandia, En saga and Night Ride and Sunrise.
- Contains extensive liner notes on the composer and works.
- Great Value-for-money set, highest quality for an affordable price.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39: I. Andante ma non troppo – Allegro energico
  2. Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39: II. Andante ma non troppo lento
  3. Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39: III. Scherzo: Allegro
  4. Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39: IV. Finale, quasi una fantasia. Andante – Allegro
  5. En saga, Op. 9
  6. Finlandia, Op. 26

Disk 2

  1. Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: I. Allegretto
  2. Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: II. Tempo andante, ma rubato
  3. Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: III. Vivacissimo
  4. Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: IV. Finale. Allegro moderato
  5. Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Op. 52: I. Allegro moderato
  6. Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Op. 52: II. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
  7. Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Op. 52: III. Moderato – Allegro ma non tanto

Disk 3

  1. Symphony No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 63: I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
  2. Symphony No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 63: II. Allegro molto vivace
  3. Symphony No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 63: III. II tempo largo
  4. Symphony No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 63: IV. Allegro
  5. Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: I. Tempo molto moderato – Allegro moderato
  6. Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
  7. Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: III. Allegro molto un pochettino largamente

Disk 4

  1. Symphony No. 6 in D Minor, Op. 104: I. Allegro molto moderato
  2. Symphony No. 6 in D Minor, Op. 104: II. Allegretto moderato
  3. Symphony No. 6 in D Minor, Op. 104: III. Poco vivace
  4. Symphony No. 6 in D Minor, Op. 104: IV. Allegro molto
  5. Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105
  6. Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55

Disk 5

  1. Lemminkaïnen Suite, Op. 22: No. 1. Lemminkaïnen and the Maidens of Saari
  2. Lemminkaïnen Suite, Op. 22: No. 2. The Swan of Tuonela
  3. Lemminkaïnen Suite, Op. 22: No. 3. Lemminkaïnen in Tuonela
  4. Lemminkaïnen Suite, Op. 22: No. 4. Lemminkaïnen’s Return
  5. Finlandia, Op. 26

Disk 6

  1. Luonnotar, Op. 70
  2. The Bard, Op. 64
  3. En saga, Op. 9
  4. Pohjola’s Daughter, Op. 49
  5. The Dryad, Op. 45 No. 1

Disk 7

  1. Spring Song, Op. 16
  2. The Oceanides, Op. 73
  3. Tapiola, Op. 112
  4. Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55