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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 7 / BBC Nat'l Orchestra of Wales; Thomas Søndergård

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105
Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Telegraph, 15th March 2015
S°ndergsrd's new recording appreciates the scale and substance of Sibelius' work...The BBC NOW...responds keenly to the way that S°ndergsrd subtly controls aspects of tempo, instrumental balance and the shifting of mood to create a genuine sense of the music's organically conceived nature.

The Herald (Glasgow), March 2015
Sondergard's Sibelius Two is breathtaking in its speedy pacing, lightness of foot, and command of the internal fluctuations of pace, mood and momentum that make this most organic masterpiece so natural in its growth....The playing of BBC NOW, in line with its conductor's evident vision, is astonishing in its sophistication. Their flawless performance of the Seventh Symphony, if you love this music, will break your heart.

Sunday Times, 29th March 2015
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales here shows itself to be in fine fettle, offering cogent, clear-textured performances.

Thomas Sondergard's opening concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, at which Sibelius was the highlight, was hailed a triumph by audiences and press alike and marked a new era for the orchestra. Building on this triumphant debut the 2013 BBC Proms saw Sondergard and a reinvigorated BBC NOW win over the critics with their charismatic performance and formidable interpretations. Stating his intentions the new Principal Conductor was clear: 'I can't wait to discover Sibelius all over again with my new orchestra'. With their nationalist themes Symphonies 2 & 7 are perfect repertoire for Sondergard 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. Danish conductor Thomas Sondergard is Principal Conductor of BBC NOW and Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Scottish National Orchestra; a rare honour to hold titled positions with two major British orchestras. In recent years he has made successful debuts with the Gothenburg, Atlanta, Brussels, Oslo and Luxembourg Philharmonic and the Seattle and Houston and Symphony Orchestras. Sondergard is also an experienced opera conductor and has appeared at the Royal Danish and Royal Swedish Operas and the Stuttgart Staatsoper.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
These performances are enjoyable. If they are the beginning of a complete Sibelius symphony set, it will be interesting to hear how much or if the approach varies. The Welsh orchestra plays very well. The recording is excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, UK (03/26/2014-03/28/2014).



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>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
  • Conductor: Thomas Sondergard
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, UK (03/26/2014-03/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105
  • Conductor: Thomas Sondergard
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, UK (03/26/2014-03/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924