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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 januari 1963 | Warner Classics

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 26 juni 2020 | Warner Classics

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Opera - Verschenen op 2 september 2002 | Warner Classics

Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 21 februari 2020 | Sony Classical

There is one particular 20th-century English conductor that remained particularly attached to the music of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957): Sir John Barbirolli, who often supported the symphonies and symphonic poems of the Finnish composer from the end of the 1930s until his death in 1970. He finished his renowned anthology of these symphonies for His Master’s Voice with the Sixth Symphony at the end of May 1970. In some respects, it seems he could then die peacefully, his great phonographic opus completed and his body weakened by age and sickness. However, with the re-edition of these recordings made in New York before 1943, it’s the sheer youthful verve of the then forty-year-old conductor that stands out. At this time, his interpretation of Sibelius’ works were characterised by their great vigour and the briskness of their tempo, which are truthfully more in line with the rapid tempos chosen by the first interpreters of Sibelius: Kajanus, Stokowski, Ormandy and to a lesser extent Beecham and Tauno Hannikainen. Barbirolli’s manipulation of time remains constantly versatile. With time, the conductor – like Leonard Bernstein would go on to do a few decades later – would also be a driving force behind the implementation of tension between harmonies as well as the opposition between textures. Many people think that the Finale of the First Symphony is not powerful, less accomplished than its predecessors. This isn’t the case with Barbirolli, who makes this the most innovative movement, in the way he organises the harmonic resonance and imagines a completely different sonic world, different to all of Sibelius’ contemporaries. This interpretation (the first of three versions recorded by Barbirolli) is fascinating, and immediately makes clear the path that the composer took in order to create the Second Symphony, one of the English composer’s favourites and which also exists in the New York Barbirolli archives. This American version is the first, and perhaps the most ‘romantic’, of the four made by Barbirolli (1940, 1954 with Hallé for HMV, 1962 with the Royal Philharmonic for the Reader’s Digest label, and again in 1967 for HMV with Hallé). Boundless energy and gusto inhabit this Symphony No. 2: it’s irresistible. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 21 februari 2020 | Sony Classical

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 14 februari 1995 | Warner Classics

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 15 februari 2019 | Warner Classics

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 januari 1967 | Warner Classics

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 januari 1957 | Warner Classics

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 4 februari 2013 | Warner Classics

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Concertmuziek - Verschenen op 28 november 2005 | Warner Classics

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 januari 1959 | Warner Classics

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 8 mei 2013 | Reader's Digest Music

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 augustus 2013 | Parlophone Label Group

Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 21 februari 2020 | Sony Classical

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 6 september 2010 | Warner Classics

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 8 september 2008 | Warner Classics