Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6; Swan of Tuonela / Berglund, London PO

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
>Sibelius, Jean : Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund, who passed away in January 2012, was one of the last remaining conductors with a direct personal connection to Sibelius. Although Berglund recorded the complete Sibelius symphonies 3 times over, his live recordings generate interest and listener engagement that no studio recordings could ever capture. Berglund's Sibelius legacy is further cemented in these live concert recordings with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, in which he vividly captures the natural flight of the Fifth Symphony and the free fall journey of the Sixth.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
He was also heavily involved with Scandinavian music, in particular, Sibelius, having recorded a very good complete account of the symphonies with the Bournemouth Orchestra for EMI. The present digital remakes are not only sonically much better, but also benefit from the LPO, a better orchestra. They are measured, though never too slow; they are very well played and given sound of crystalline clarity and ambience. The phrasing and articulation is unexcelled. They are finer than recordings by Karajan, Beecham, Davis, or anyone else I've ever heard, with the possible exception of Kajanus and Barbirolli. They are at the top of the heap. I can only hope that this is the first installment of a Berglund series with the LPO.



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1919

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Running Time: 29 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923

>Sibelius, Jean : Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893