Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 7, Søndergård

Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 7, Søndergård

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Discs: 1
Record Label: Linn Records
Release Date: June 22, 2018

“Søndergård’s new recording appreciates the scale and substance of Sibelius’ work . . . The [orchestra] responds keenly to the way that he subtly controls aspects of the tempo, instrumental balance and the shifting mood to create a genuine sense of the music’s organically conceived nature.” — The Daily Telegraph

Since Thomas Søndergård’s opening concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, this partnership has cultivated a special relationship with the music of Sibelius, resulting in three recordings of the composer’s music. In 2017, they performed Second and Seventh Symphonies at the BBC Proms to widespread acclaim, with critics describing the performances as “radiant,” “masterful” and “quite, quite beautiful.”

Prior to this first recording Søndergård made his excitement clear: “I can’t wait to discover Sibelius all over again with my new orchestra.” With their nationalist themes, these works were perfect repertoire for Søndergård and his orchestra to make their symphonic recording debut. Symphony No. 2 marked a major step in Sibelius’ development as a composer and remains one of his most popular works. Symphony No. 7 is notable for being a one-movement symphony and is completely original in form, subtle in its handling of tempi, individual in its treatment of key and is considered Sibelius’ most remarkable compositional achievement.

Contents:

Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
Thomas Søndergård conductor
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
March 2014, BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff

Sibelius Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105
Thomas Søndergård conductor
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
March 2014, BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff

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