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Sibelius: Symphony No. 1; Finlandia / Alexander Gibson

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11
>Sibelius, Jean : The Swan of Tuonela, tone poem for orchestra (Lemminkäinen Suite no 3), Op. 22/3
>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
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Notes & Reviews:

Another treasure from the Collins Classics catalog, once more released on budget for the first time. When first released Gramophone wrote; "the new recording on Collins by Sir Alexander Gibson (a Sibelius specialist)... is easily his best version and can hold its head high among the competition. There is nothing lack-luster or low voltage about the orchestral playing... thoroughly committed and involving, and is, predictably, free from eccentricities: in short, it is a performance of integrity". On sound recording: "the Collins is able to accommodate climaxes with greater comfort... microphone placing secures greater transparency from the strings although there is no lack of vividness and presence"

"Both are works of intense passion and conviction that need little from conductors but to maintain the energy of the orchestra and be true to the score. Alexander Gibson proved himself to be just such a leader in this 1989 recording made with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The RPO sounds as commanding and authoritative as it ever has under Gibson's baton, with sweeping fortes, gentle pianos, lustrous string playing, warm woodwind solos, and a timpani player that punctuates the surprise of having a timpani solo in the third movement. This Alto disc also includes the less intense but equally beautiful Op. 11 Karelia Suite and the Op. 22 "Swan of Tuonela" from "Four Legends." Here again, Gibson's vision of Sibelius is one of focus and drive coupled sensitivity and warmth. Alto's remastered sound is clear, focused, and dynamic." -All Music Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Johns, Smith Square, London (08/1989).



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>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
  • Conductor: Alexander Gibson
  • Running Time: 34 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1899

>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11
  • Conductor: Alexander Gibson
  • Running Time: 14 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Sibelius, Jean : The Swan of Tuonela, tone poem for orchestra (Lemminkäinen Suite no 3), Op. 22/3
  • Conductor: Alexander Gibson
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893

>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Conductor: Alexander Gibson
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900