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Klaus Mäkelä|Sibelius: Complete Symphonies

Sibelius: Complete Symphonies

Klaus Mäkelä, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

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In April 2021, Decca announced the signing of a contract with new young conductor, Klaus Mäkelä (born 1996), shortly after his appointment by the Orchestre de Paris as musical advisor for two years and then musical director from September 2022. The English label signed a conductor for the first time in several decades, in this case another student of Jorma Panula, who played an important role in many careers at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. In addition, to enter the recording scene with a complete set of Sibelius' seven symphonies is a daring venture. Each work in the cycle, which is particularly complex, is unique.


Discographically, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra is not necessarily associated with Sibelius's orchestral works, having made few recordings apart from the four symphonies (Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 5) recorded with Mariss Jansons for EMI in the early 1990s, which suffered from a very reverberant sound recording. This is not the case with this Decca recording as the technical teams have done a remarkable job in recording. The listener will perceive everything about Sibelius' orchestral writing, the depth of the textures in particular, all the more so as Klaus Mäkelä masterfully takes care of the balances (Symphony No. 1), the numerous polyphonic exchanges, in the course of visions with moderate tempos. The listener will feel every bit of Sibelius' orchestral writing, the depth of the textures in particular, all the more so as Klaus Mäkelä masterfully maintains the balances (Symphony No. 1) as well as the numerous polyphonic exchanges in the flow of moderate tempo. There are no shocking contrasts or explosive breaks here. Klaus Mäkelä's gestures are extremely calm and composed. The conductor is not very receptive to the composer's rhythmic surges and phrases the broad lines with impressive majesty (Finale of the 3rd Symphony). Klaus Mäkelä does not exacerbate the contrasts between the orchestral blocks here. With remarkable respect for the silky nature of the Norwegian orchestra, he always tries to bring about fusion and promotes tonal continuity between the vocal groups. Even Symphony No. 4, composed during Sibelius's darkest period, is, under the direction of Klaus Mäkelä, largely bright, a far cry from the frightening cataclysms of Ernest Ansermet (Decca, 1963) or Sir Thomas Beecham (BBC Legends, in concert, 1954).


Throughout the seven symphonies, this Sibelius work, marked by a general desire for euphony, is unquestionably distinguished by the coherence of the conductor’s vision and the sumptuousness of his production. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 (Jean Sibelius)

1
I. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:11:49

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

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2
II. Andante (ma non troppo lento)
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:09:45

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
III. Scherzo. Allegro
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:05:17

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
IV. Finale. Quasi una fantasia
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:13:00

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 (Jean Sibelius)

5
I. Allegretto
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:10:11

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
II. Tempo andante, ma rubato
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:14:58

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
III. Vivacissimo
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:06:22

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
IV. Finale. Allegro moderato
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:14:29

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52 (Jean Sibelius)

9
I. Allegro moderato
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:10:14

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
II. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:10:42

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

11
III. Moderato - Allegro ma non tanto
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:09:05

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

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

12
I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:11:20

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

13
II. Allegro molto vivace
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:04:55

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

14
III. Il tempo largo
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:11:40

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

15
IV. Allegro
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:09:57

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82 (Jean Sibelius)

16
I. Tempo molto moderato
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:14:21

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

17
II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:09:42

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

18
III. Allegro molto
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:09:57

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

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

19
I. Allegro molto moderato
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:09:26

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

20
II. Allegretto moderato
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:06:51

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

21
III. Poco vivace
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:03:51

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

22
IV. Allegro molto
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:11:14

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105 (Jean Sibelius)

23
I. Adagio -
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:09:50

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

24
II. Vivacissimo - Adagio -
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:02:51

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

25
III. Allegro molto moderato -
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:04:43

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

26
IV. Vivace - Presto - Adagio
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:05:18

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

27
Sibelius: Tapiola, Op. 112
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:19:23

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

3 Late Fragments (Jean Sibelius)

28
I. HUL 1325 (Compl. Virtanen)
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:01:41

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

29
II. HUL 1326/9 (Compl. Virtanen)
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:00:17

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

30
III. Allegro moderato, HUL 1327/2 (Compl. Virtanen)
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
00:01:43

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Åsgeir Grong, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Mäkelä, Conductor, MainArtist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

In April 2021, Decca announced the signing of a contract with new young conductor, Klaus Mäkelä (born 1996), shortly after his appointment by the Orchestre de Paris as musical advisor for two years and then musical director from September 2022. The English label signed a conductor for the first time in several decades, in this case another student of Jorma Panula, who played an important role in many careers at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. In addition, to enter the recording scene with a complete set of Sibelius' seven symphonies is a daring venture. Each work in the cycle, which is particularly complex, is unique.


Discographically, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra is not necessarily associated with Sibelius's orchestral works, having made few recordings apart from the four symphonies (Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 5) recorded with Mariss Jansons for EMI in the early 1990s, which suffered from a very reverberant sound recording. This is not the case with this Decca recording as the technical teams have done a remarkable job in recording. The listener will perceive everything about Sibelius' orchestral writing, the depth of the textures in particular, all the more so as Klaus Mäkelä masterfully takes care of the balances (Symphony No. 1), the numerous polyphonic exchanges, in the course of visions with moderate tempos. The listener will feel every bit of Sibelius' orchestral writing, the depth of the textures in particular, all the more so as Klaus Mäkelä masterfully maintains the balances (Symphony No. 1) as well as the numerous polyphonic exchanges in the flow of moderate tempo. There are no shocking contrasts or explosive breaks here. Klaus Mäkelä's gestures are extremely calm and composed. The conductor is not very receptive to the composer's rhythmic surges and phrases the broad lines with impressive majesty (Finale of the 3rd Symphony). Klaus Mäkelä does not exacerbate the contrasts between the orchestral blocks here. With remarkable respect for the silky nature of the Norwegian orchestra, he always tries to bring about fusion and promotes tonal continuity between the vocal groups. Even Symphony No. 4, composed during Sibelius's darkest period, is, under the direction of Klaus Mäkelä, largely bright, a far cry from the frightening cataclysms of Ernest Ansermet (Decca, 1963) or Sir Thomas Beecham (BBC Legends, in concert, 1954).


Throughout the seven symphonies, this Sibelius work, marked by a general desire for euphony, is unquestionably distinguished by the coherence of the conductor’s vision and the sumptuousness of his production. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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