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Sibelius: Complete Symphonies; Three late fragments / John Storgards, BBC 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 : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1325)
>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1326/9)
>Sibelius, Jean : Fragment, HUL 1327
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Finnish maestro John Storgårds, Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, presents his first recording on Chandos, a complete symphonic cycle of his nation's greatest musical export, Jean Sibelius. The triumphant premieres of Symphonies Nos 1 and 2, with their big tunes and great romantic sweep, established the international reputation of Sibelius as a symphonist, some audiences even considering him Beethoven's natural successor. The symphonies that followed chart Sibelius's development as one of the most individual composers of the early twentieth century. Each symphony has its unique approach, whether it be the classicism of the Third, the brooding modernism of the Fourth, or the icy stillness of the Sixth, so evocative of the Finnish landscape. The Symphony No. 7 in C major represents Sibelius's greatest achievement in the symphonic form. In it he compresses the grand emotional sweep of a symphony into one startlingly original movement lasting little over twenty minutes.

International Record Review, May 2014
This is a fine and distinctive set from an orchestra playing consistently at somewhere near its best and conducted by a Sibelian of stature.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
It may sound like faint praise to describe these as 'well-managed' performances, but to shape and steer all Seven Symphonies convincingly is no mean feat. When it comes to overview and attention to detail John Storgsrds is an exemplary Sibelius conductor.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
A Finnish conductor with the BBC Manchester orchestra. I like the conductor in most of the music I have heard from him, and this orchestra is certainly strong. The seven symphonies are on three discs; 1 and 4 are together, and 3, 6, and 7 are all on one disc. That also seems like a good way to program them, and I like the way No. 5 follows No. 2.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: MediaCity UK, Salford.



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 38 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1899

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 34 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1325)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Sibelius, Jean : Orchestral Fragment (Harvard University Library MS 1326/9)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Sibelius, Jean : Fragment, HUL 1327 :: 2. Allegro moderato
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Notes: MediaCity UK, Salford (06/19/2013-06/20/2013)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 32 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1919

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 28 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904-1907

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 27 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 21 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924