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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 3, 6 & 7 / Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra

Album Summary

>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
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This new release from BIS is the final installment in the Sibelius cycle from Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra. The prior albums found incredible success upon their release, with the second receiving a Grammy Award for 'Best Orchestral Performance.' This album combines Sibelius's Third Symphony, completed in 1907, with his two final symphonies, Nos. 6 and 7, which were composed between 1922 and 1924. The Third Symphony is his most classical symphony, which was a radical direction change after the opulence of his second. Conductor Koussevitzky called the work 'music far in advance of its time.' The Sixth Symphony again surprised his admirers with its intense climaxes and virtuosic orchestrations. Immediately following came his symphonic swan song, the stern but majestic Seventh Symphony.

Sunday Times, 10th July 2016
With these recordings, Vanska confirms his status as our greatest living Sibelian. Irreplaceable.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2016
The orchestra's sound under Vänskä has a kind of sharp-focus richness that's never cloying.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2016
Vänskä's Sibelius is all about clarity - of rhythm, of texture, of intention. It is zealously unfussy and entirely without exaggeration. But it can stop you in your tracks...The Third and Sixth Symphonies feel even more closely related than usual...One just knows that the ear-pricking clarity throughout these performances is of Vänskä's and not the balance engineer's making.

The Guardian, 17th July 2016
The playing is polished and detailed, now springy and buoyant, now occluded and chilling. Tempi are slightly broad but convincingly so. From the plunging energy of the opening of the Third Symphony to the bleak, raw ending of the Seventh, this is a gripping listen.

MusicWeb International, October 2016
Outstanding Sibelius performances, outstandingly recorded.

The Times, December 2016
Vänska crowns his second Sibelius cycle with gripping renditions of the third and last two symphonies.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, USA (05/2015/06/2015).



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Minnesota Orchestra
  • Running Time: 30 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904-1907

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Minnesota Orchestra
  • Running Time: 28 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105
  • Performer: R. Wright (Trombone)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Minnesota Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924