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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 1-7 / Monica Groop, mezzo; Peter Mattei, baritone; Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra [5 CDs]

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63
>Sibelius, Jean : Pohjola's Daughter (Pohjolan tytär), symphonic fantasy for orchestra, Op. 49
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105
>Sibelius, Jean : Oceanides, Op. 73
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
>Sibelius, Jean : Kullervo, Op. 7
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Sir Colin Davis was an instrumental part of the development and success of LSO Live, even leading the way to the label's first Grammy Award. He has also played the part of ambassador, increasing the audience of the LSO to a worldwide scale. This landmark cycle of Sibelius's complete symphonies has been described by The Observer as "the finest Sibelius cycle on disc." All of these works were recorded live at the Barbican Hall between 2002 and 2008. Since their first release, this cycle has received numerable awards, including BBC Music Magazine's Best Choral Recording, Audiophile Audition's Best Disc of the Year, Gramophone's Editor's Choice, and Le Monde de la Musique's Choc de l'annee. "There is so much about these performances that is ear-opening- or just plain magnificent." (BBC Music Magazine) "It is hard to imagine these works in more idiomatic performances... this disc deserves to fly out of the shop." (The Sunday Times)

Sir Colin Davis was an instrumental part of the development and success of LSO Live, even leading the way to the label's first Grammy Award. He has also played the part of ambassador, increasing the audience of the LSO to a worldwide scale. This landmark cycle of Sibelius's complete symphonies has been described by The Observer as "the finest Sibelius cycle on disc." All of these works were recorded live at the Barbican Hall between 2002 and 2008. Since their first release, this cycle has received numerable awards, including BBC Music Magazine's Best Choral Recording, Audiophile Audition's Best Disc of the Year, Gramophone's Editor's Choice, and Le Monde de la Musique's Choc de l'annee. "There is so much about these performances that is ear-opening- or just plain magnificent." (BBC Music Magazine) "It is hard to imagine these works in more idiomatic performances... this disc deserves to fly out of the shop." (The Sunday Times)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Barbican, London (06/29/2008/07/02/2008); Barbican, London (09/18/2005/10/09/2005); Barbican, London (09/23/2006/09/24/2006); Barbican, London (09/24/2003/09/25/2003); Barbican, London (09/28/2002/09/29/2002); Barbican, London (10/01/2003/10/02/2003); Barbican, London (12/10/2003/12/11/2003).



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>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Barbican, London (09/23/2006/09/24/2006)
  • Running Time: 77 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1899
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (06/29/2008/07/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 75 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910-1911
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Pohjola's Daughter (Pohjolan tytär), symphonic fantasy for orchestra, Op. 49
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (09/18/2005/10/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (09/18/2005/10/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 88 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (10/01/2003/10/02/2003)
  • Running Time: 61 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904-1907
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (09/24/2003/09/25/2003)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Oceanides, Op. 73
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (06/29/2008/07/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (12/10/2003/12/11/2003)
  • Running Time: 61 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1919
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (09/28/2002/09/29/2002)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Kullervo, Op. 7
  • Performers: Monica Groop; Peter Mattei (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (09/18/2005/10/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 142 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (09/23/2006/09/24/2006)
  • Running Time: 77 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1899
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (09/18/2005/10/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 88 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (10/01/2003/10/02/2003)
  • Running Time: 61 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904-1907
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (06/29/2008/07/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 75 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910-1911
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (12/10/2003/12/11/2003)
  • Running Time: 61 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1919
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (09/28/2002/09/29/2002)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (09/24/2003/09/25/2003)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Pohjola's Daughter (Pohjolan tytär), symphonic fantasy for orchestra, Op. 49
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (09/18/2005/10/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Oceanides, Op. 73
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (06/29/2008/07/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : Kullervo, Op. 7
  • Performers: Monica Groop; Peter Mattei (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (09/18/2005/10/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 142 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Live