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Sibelius - Symphonies 3, 6 and 7

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2006 SACD
Release date2016-08-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time82:00

[The long-awaited final disc in the Sibelius cycle from Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä]

The first disc in the Sibelius cycle from Osmo Vänskä and Minnesota Orchestra made the reviewer in Gramophone speculate about a 'benchmark cycle for the 21st century' and the second instalment received a Grammy for 'Best Orchestral Performance'. The long-awaited final disc of the cycle, with a playing time of 82 minutes, combines the Finnish master's third symphony, completed in 1907, with his two final works in the genre, composed more or less in tandem between 1922 and 1924. Symphony No. 3 in C major is Sibelius's most classical symphony, a radical change in direction after the opulence of its predecessor. It has been claimed that the mastery of form displayed in the first movement is comparable only to the greatest Viennese masters – and at the same time the conductor Koussevitzky, one of the composer's strongest champions, spoke of it as ‘music far in advance of its time’. Fifteen years later, and after the heroic Fifth Symphony, Sibelius again presented a symphony which surprised those admirers who expected more of the same. Symphony No. 6 has a refined modal flavouring, and the composer avoided both virtuoso orchestral writing and massive climaxes, likening the work to an offering of 'pure spring water'. This he followed up immediately with what would become his symphonic swan song – the stern and majestic Seventh Symphony. A one-movement work, it was billed as ‘Fantasia sinfonica’ at its first performance, but it is indeed a true symphony, its single movement portraying elements of all four movements of symphonic practice. Three highly individual and ground-breaking works thus, from a composer once described by Vaughan Williams as having the capacity to make a C major chord sound entirely new.
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$ 19.32
Extra material for download
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52 (1904–07) 29:41
01 I. Allegro moderato 10:14 $ 2.46 USD
02 II. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto 10:40 $ 2.56 USD
03 III. Moderato – Allegro (ma non tanto) 08:47 $ 2.11 USD
  Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104 (1922–23) 28:49
04 I. Allegro molto moderato 09:06 $ 2.18 USD
05 II. Allegretto moderato 06:56 $ 1.66 USD
06 III. Poco vivace 03:47 $ 0.91 USD
07 IV. Allegro molto 09:00 $ 2.16 USD
08 Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105 (1923–24) 22:01 $ 5.28 USD
  Album total 82:00
ComposerSibelius, Jean
ConductorVanska (Vänskä), Osmo
OrchestraMinnesota Orchestra

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