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Boston Symphony Orchestra|Jean Sibelius : Complete Symphonies - Tone Poems

Jean Sibelius : Complete Symphonies - Tone Poems

Boston Symphony Orchestra - Sir Colin Davis

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Since the beginning of his recording career, Colin Davis has been a champion of the music of Jean Sibelius, and his highly regarded cycle of the seven symphonies has been a mainstay of many LP and CD collections over the years. Recorded between 1975 and 1979 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and grouped here with the Violin Concerto and various famous tone poems, such as Finlandia, The Swan of Tuonela, and Tapiola, Davis' set is still a viable contender against other packages on the market, and listeners who want lucid interpretations will be hard pressed to find any that improve on these performances. The BSO deserves much credit for playing the music with sympathetic expression, full sonorities, and technical expertise, because the ensemble had included Sibelius' works in its repertoire for decades under Sergey Koussevitzky. Add to this Davis' understanding of the subtle changes in Sibelius' music, from the ardent Romantic nationalism that informed the early period to the anguished, introspective struggles that made his final works so profound and moving. Decca's recorded sound was exceptional to begin with, so the remastering from analog to digital has preserved all of the originals' richness and luster without artificial enhancements.
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Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 (Jean Sibelius)

1
1. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:11:20

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Vittorio Negri, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Universal International Music B.V.

2
2. Andante, ma non troppo lento
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:09:16

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Vittorio Negri, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Universal International Music B.V.

3
3. Scherzo. Allegro
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:05:25

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Vittorio Negri, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Universal International Music B.V.

4
4. Finale. Quasi una fantasia
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:13:11

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Vittorio Negri, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Universal International Music B.V.

5
Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26
Sir Colin Davis
00:07:52

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Veikko Antero Koskenniemi, Author - Vittorio Negri, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Universal International Music B.V.

Pohjolas Daughter, Op.49 (Jean Sibelius)

6
Sibelius: Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:14:55

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Wilhelm Hellweg, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1981 Universal International Music B.V.

Tapiola, Op.112 (Jean Sibelius)

7
Sibelius: Tapiola, Op. 112
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:17:59

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Vittorio Negri, Producer

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

DISC 2

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

1
1. Allegretto
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:09:43

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1976 Universal International Music B.V.

2
2. Tempo andante, ma rubato
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:14:34

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1976 Universal International Music B.V.

3
3. Vivacissimo - Lento e suave - Largamente
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:05:58

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1976 Universal International Music B.V.

4
4. Finale. Allegro moderato
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:14:30

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1976 Universal International Music B.V.

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

5
Adagio -
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:10:01

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

6
Vivacissimo - Adagio -
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:02:31

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

7
Allegro molto moderato - Allegro moderato -
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:03:53

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

8
Vivace - Presto - Adagio - Largamente molto -
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:03:00

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

9
Affettuoso
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:01:54

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

DISC 3

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

1
1. Allegro moderato
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:10:49

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

2
2. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:10:18

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

3
3. Moderato - Allegro ma non tanto
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:08:27

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

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

4
1. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:11:03

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

5
2. Allegro molto vivace
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:04:38

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

6
3. Il tempo largo
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:12:52

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

7
4. Allegro
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:08:35

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

DISC 4

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

1
1. Tempo molto moderato - Largamente - Allegro moderato
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:15:00

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

2
2. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:09:03

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

3
3. Allegro molto
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:08:01

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

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

4
1. Allegro molto moderato
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:07:53

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

5
2. Allegretto moderato
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:04:30

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

6
3. Poco vivace
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:03:45

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

7
4. Allegro molto
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:08:23

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1977 Universal International Music B.V.

8
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela, Op. 22, No. 2
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:09:18

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Laurence Thorstenberg, Cor Anglais, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1976 Universal International Music B.V.

9
Sibelius: Valse triste, Op. 44
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:05:54

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1981 Universal International Music B.V.

DISC 5

En Saga, Op.9 (Jean Sibelius)

1
Sibelius: En Saga, Op. 9
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:17:49

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1981 Universal International Music B.V.

Karelia Suite, Op. 11 (Jean Sibelius)

2
1. Intermezzo. Moderato
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:04:25

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1981 Universal International Music B.V.

3
2. Ballade. Tempo di menuetto
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:06:39

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1981 Universal International Music B.V.

4
3. Alla marcia. Moderato
Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:04:19

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1981 Universal International Music B.V.

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (Jean Sibelius)

5
1. Allegro moderato
London Symphony Orchestra
00:16:44

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Salvatore Accardo, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vittorio Negri, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Universal International Music B.V.

6
2. Adagio di molto
London Symphony Orchestra
00:10:11

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Salvatore Accardo, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vittorio Negri, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Universal International Music B.V.

7
3. Allegro, ma non tanto
London Symphony Orchestra
00:07:24

London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - Salvatore Accardo, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vittorio Negri, Producer, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

Since the beginning of his recording career, Colin Davis has been a champion of the music of Jean Sibelius, and his highly regarded cycle of the seven symphonies has been a mainstay of many LP and CD collections over the years. Recorded between 1975 and 1979 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and grouped here with the Violin Concerto and various famous tone poems, such as Finlandia, The Swan of Tuonela, and Tapiola, Davis' set is still a viable contender against other packages on the market, and listeners who want lucid interpretations will be hard pressed to find any that improve on these performances. The BSO deserves much credit for playing the music with sympathetic expression, full sonorities, and technical expertise, because the ensemble had included Sibelius' works in its repertoire for decades under Sergey Koussevitzky. Add to this Davis' understanding of the subtle changes in Sibelius' music, from the ardent Romantic nationalism that informed the early period to the anguished, introspective struggles that made his final works so profound and moving. Decca's recorded sound was exceptional to begin with, so the remastering from analog to digital has preserved all of the originals' richness and luster without artificial enhancements.
© TiVo

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