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Sibelius – The Seven Symphonies

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2076 SACD
Release date2015-09-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time240:13

During this 150th anniversary year of Jean Sibelius, his music is being performed and discussed more widely than ever, and complete cycles of his symphonies are programmed by orchestras around the world. As might be expected, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, noted for its numerous and often revelatory Sibelius recordings, is no exception. The seven symphonies will all be performed at the 2015 edition of the orchestra’s annual Sibelius Festival, but with its principal conductor Okko Kamu the Lahti band has also prepared a special birthday present for their great compatriot. Recorded between 2012 and 2014, the symphony cycle included in the present box set is the orchestra’s second traversal on disc – the first one, conducted by Osmo Vänskä, forms the backbone of the BIS Sibelius Edition. This new anniversary cycle is released as a boxed set of three SACDs with a surround sound option, and is accompanied by an ample (+ 80 pages) booklet with informative notes by Andrew Barnett, author of a Sibelius biography. This is the first Sibelius cycle recorded by Okko Kamu – something which makes him quite unique among the many Finnish conductors with an international standing. Kamu first came to international notice when he won the Karajan Competition in 1969 and later conducted the Berlin Philharmonic and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in the first three of Sibelius's symphonies for inclusion in Karajan's Sibelius cycle on Deutsche Gramophone. Needless to say, he has conducted these works numerous times since then, in Finland and abroad, but has never before put his name to a complete cycle on disc. A previous recording by the Lahti/Kamu team may raise certain expectations, however: released in 2011, the recording of Sibelius’s Tapiola and two Tempest Suites was awarded a Diapason d’Or de l’Année, as well as distinctions such as 5 Stelle (Musica), Opus d’Or ( and 10/10 (
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Extra material for download
Disc 1
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39 38:03
01 I. Andante, ma non troppo – Allegro energico 10:35 $ 1.11 USD
02 II. Andante (ma non troppo lento) 09:14 $ 0.97 USD
03 III. Scherzo. Allegro 05:32 $ 0.58 USD
04 IV. Finale (Quasi una Fantasia). Andante – Allegro molto 12:42 $ 1.33 USD
  Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 37:43
05 I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio 11:16 $ 1.18 USD
06 II. Allegro molto vivace 04:50 $ 0.51 USD
07 III. Il tempo largo 11:46 $ 1.24 USD
08 IV. Allegro 09:51 $ 1.04 USD
Disc 2
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.43 44:41
01 I. Allegretto 09:41 $ 1.02 USD
02 II. Tempo Andante, ma rubato 14:26 $ 1.52 USD
03 III. Vivacissimo – attacca – 06:11 $ 0.65 USD
04 IV. Finale. Allegro moderato 14:23 $ 1.51 USD
  Symphony No.5 in E flat major, Op.82 34:25
05 I. Tempo molto moderato – Allegro moderato 15:08 $ 1.59 USD
06 II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto 09:29 $ 1.00 USD
07 III. Allegro molto – Largamente assai 09:48 $ 1.03 USD
Disc 3
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
  Symphony No.3 in C major, Op.52 (1904–07) 29:11
01 I. Allegro moderato 10:11 $ 1.07 USD
02 II. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto 10:05 $ 1.06 USD
03 III. Moderato – Allegro (ma non tanto) 08:55 $ 0.94 USD
  Symphony No.6 (in D minor), Op.104 28:45
04 I. Allegro molto moderato 08:51 $ 0.93 USD
05 II. Allegretto moderato 06:43 $ 0.71 USD
06 III. Poco vivace 03:26 $ 0.36 USD
07 IV. Allegro molto 09:45 $ 1.02 USD
08 Symphony No.7 in C major, Op.105 22:40 $ 2.38 USD
  Album total 240:13
ComposerSibelius, Jean
ConductorKamu, Okko
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra

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