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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 4 september 2015 | Halle Concerts Society

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 maart 2015 | Halle Concerts Society

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 1 maart 2019 | Halle Concerts Society

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 7 februari 2020 | Halle Concerts Society

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Thus Sir Mark Elder finishes his Sibelius collection, just as the very young Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali begins his own with Alpha, already distinguishing himself with the surprising weight and recurring hesitations of his second volume. None of that with Elder, who admittedly suffers from a slightly too uniform sound recording but who stands out with the exactness of his tempos and his refined balances. Sir Mark Elder offers versions that are classic and fluid, with a real organic tension and a sense of lyricism, especially in the medium registers (Symphony N°4, III. Il tempo largo). Sir Mark Elder knows how to harness the energy that is unique to this orchestra with this repertoire, which has become something of a favourite ever since Barbirolli permanently established it in 1940 before recording irrevocable versions for His Master’s Voice between 1966 and 1969, a discography that has never been surpassed. Sir Mark Elder is less interested in the (certainly fascinating) flare-up of Sibelius’ modernity than his predecessor, favouring a calmer internal pulse that often draws comparisons with Bruckner and Wagner for example. He doesn’t however dilute the features that make Sibelius so remarkable, like the ostinato patterns that we have not heard so hauntingly in a long time (in the Symphony N°4 again). As for the Symphony N°6... you can practically hear it smiling. The sound is joyous, even playful (III. Poco vivace), never falling into the cold tones that we hear all too often. A magnificent vision, closing a milestone anthology which Sibelius fanatics should ensure they don’t miss. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 november 2018 | Halle Concerts Society

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 6 oktober 2017 | Halle Concerts Society

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Two of the greatest symphonies from England's greatest symphonist, Vaughan Williams: what a find! To cut a long story short, he composed nine symphonies alongside other pieces, themselves no minor works. The Sixth, finished in 1947, is a real orchestral deluge, in which wailing, hysterical saxophones, macabre xylophones, delirious brass and terrifying, martial percussion all meet, in particular in the titanic Scherzo, which follows a sombre, ghostly fourth and final movement which never rises above a pianissimo (frequently with the note, "senza crescendo"), and in which we find neither theme nor development, but only a  powerful and meandering polyphony made up of rhythmic and melismatic micro-cells,  in which some of the more desolate moments presage Gorecki's Third - in short, this Sixth is an immense masterpiece. The album signed by the Hallé Orchestra directed by Mark Elder closes with the no-less-imposing Fourth from 1935, the first of Vaughan Williams's symphonies to be published without a title - pure music, detached from any external element. More severe than the three that preceded it, it is nonetheless possessed of a great depth and a sombre intensity, with a few amusing echoes of Hindemith, which could leave no-one indifferent. © SM/Qobuz
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 8 april 2016 | Halle Concerts Society

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 juni 2014 | Halle Concerts Society

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