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Sir Mark Elder|Sibelius : Symphonies Nos 4 & 6

Sibelius : Symphonies Nos 4 & 6

Hallé - Sir Mark Elder

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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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Sir Mark Elder

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Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63 (Jean Sibelius)

1
I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
Halle
00:11:43

Hallé - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society

2
II. Allegro molto vivace
Halle
00:05:09

Hallé - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society

3
III. Il tempo largo
Halle
00:12:46

Hallé - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society

4
IV. Allegro
Halle
00:11:41

Hallé - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society

Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104 (Jean Sibelius)

5
I. Allegro molto moderato
Halle
00:08:52

Hallé - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society

6
II. Allegretto moderato
Halle
00:06:00

Hallé - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society

7
III. Poco vivace
Halle
00:03:44

Hallé - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society

8
IV. Allegro molto
Halle
00:10:02

Hallé - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 2020 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2020 Hallé 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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