Sibelius: Complete Symphonies, Tone Poems / Paavo Berglund, Bournemouth SO

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11
>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105
>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
>Sibelius, Jean : Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22
>Sibelius, Jean : King Christian II, Op. 27
>Sibelius, Jean : The Bard, Op. 64
>Sibelius, Jean : Tapiola, Op. 112
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

EMI Classics releases an exclusive 4-CD collection honoring the career of Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund who died earlier this year at the age of 82. Best known for his interpretations of Jean Sibelius's symphonies the set features all seven symphonies - the core of Sibelius's complete works. This collection also contains a number of tone poems ranging from his early Karelia Suite to his final completed work, Tapiola and is truly a magnificent introduction to this masterly composer. Berglund leads the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in these historical recordings that have been unearthed from the archives after a long period of not being available.

Berglund studied the violin and by 15 had decided to make his career in music, gaining experience from playing and restaurants and dance orchestras. In 1949 he joined the first violin section of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was greatly impressed by Furtwangles when he brought the Vienna Philharmonic to Helsinki and he was soon studying in Vienna where his friends in the orchestras allowed him access to rehearsals and recording sessions. He formed his own chamber orchestra in 1949 and co-founded the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra four year later. In 1955 he started his long association with the Finnish Radio Symphony first as Associate Conductor and then Chief Conductor.

It was a series of Sibelius Centenary Concerts in 1965 that brought him to Bournemouth, becoming the principal conductor of the city's Symphony Orchestra in 1972 and over the next seven years made numerous recordings including the ones found in this collection.



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Guildhall, Southampton (09/09/1974-09/10/1974)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1899

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (06/03/1975-06/04/1975)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (11/23/1976-11/24/1976)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: Guildhall, Southampton (06/20/1977-06/21/1977)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904-1907

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Running Time: 32 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1919

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Running Time: 31 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923

>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: Guildhall, Southampton (01/09/1972-01/10/1972)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: Guildhall, Southampton (01/09/1972-01/10/1972)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1904

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: Guildhall, Southampton (05/07/1972-05/08/1972)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924

>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: Guildhall, Southampton (01/09/1972-01/10/1972)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900

>Sibelius, Jean : Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: Guildhall, Southampton (01/09/1972-01/10/1972)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893

>Sibelius, Jean : King Christian II, Op. 27
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: Guildhall, Southampton (05/06/1978-05/07/1978)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Sibelius, Jean : The Bard, Op. 64
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1913

>Sibelius, Jean : Tapiola, Op. 112
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: Guildhall, Southampton (05/07/1972-05/08/1972)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1926