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Alexander Gibson|Sibelius: Tone Poems

Sibelius: Tone Poems

Scottish National Orchestra, Sir Alexander Gibson - Phyllis Bryn-Julson

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These discs restore to the catalog Alexander Gibson and the Scottish National Orchestra's 1977 recordings of ten of Sibelius' tone poems. Most of the favorites are here -- Finlandia and En Saga, but not, however, Valse Triste -- and most of the performances are first-rate. Gibson was a powerfully individualistic conductor whose Sibelius interpretations were dramatically heroic at their best. Gibson is at his best in the less well-known works. His Night Ride and Sunrise is evocative and ecstatic. His The Oceanides is supple and mysterious. Some listeners might find his Tapiola too fast, but none would deny its strength. And all listeners will find his Luonnotar with soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson overwhelmingly compelling. With the technically superb and brilliantly colorful playing of the Scottish National Orchestra, Gibson's Sibelius recordings are arguably the best English Sibelius recordings between Barbirolli and Colin Davis. Chandos' 2004 remastering of the 1977 recordings is superlative. The originals were hard, harsh, and glassy, but these reissues are deep, lush, and warm.
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En saga, Op. 9 (Jean Sibelius)

1
En saga, Op. 9
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra
00:18:16

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Alexander Gibson, Conductor - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 1985 Chandos (P) 1985 Chandos

Luonnotar, op. 70 (Jean Sibelius)

2
Luonnotar, Op. 70
Phyllis Bryn-Julson
00:09:17

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Alexander Gibson, Conductor - Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Performer - Jean Sibelius, Composer - Kalevala, Lyricist

(C) 1985 Chandos (P) 1985 Chandos

Finlandia, Op. 26 (Jean Sibelius)

3
Finlandia, Op. 26
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra
00:07:25

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Alexander Gibson, Conductor - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 1985 Chandos (P) 1985 Chandos

Spring Song, Op. 16 (Jean Sibelus) (Jean Sibelius)

4
Varsang [Spring Song], Op. 16
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra
00:07:13

Alexander Gibson, Conductor - The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 1985 Chandos (P) 1985 Chandos

Barden (The Bard), Op. 64 (Jean Sibelius)

5
Barden (the Bard), Op. 64
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra
00:07:48

Alexander Gibson, Conductor - The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 1985 Chandos (P) 1985 Chandos

The Dryad, Op. 45, No. 1* (Jean Sibelius)

6
Dryaden (the Dryad), Op. 45, No. 1
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra
00:05:46

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Alexander Gibson, Conductor - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 1985 Chandos (P) 1985 Chandos

DISC 2

Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49 (Jean Sibelius)

1
Pohjolan tytar (Pohjola's Daughter), Op. 49
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra
00:12:37

Alexander Gibson, Conductor - The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 1985 Chandos (P) 1985 Chandos

Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55 (Jean Sibelius)

2
Oinen ratsastus ja auringonnousu (Night Ride and Sunrise), Op. 55
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra
00:15:06

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Alexander Gibson, Conductor - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 1985 Chandos (P) 1985 Chandos

The Oceanides, Op. 73 (Jean Sibelius)

3
Aallottaret (the Oceanides), Op. 73
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra
00:10:45

Alexander Gibson, Conductor - The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 1985 Chandos (P) 1985 Chandos

Tapiola, Op. 112 (Jean Sibelius)

4
Tapiola, Op. 112
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra
00:15:41

Alexander Gibson, Conductor - The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra - Jean Sibelius, Composer

(C) 1985 Chandos (P) 1985 Chandos

Album Description

These discs restore to the catalog Alexander Gibson and the Scottish National Orchestra's 1977 recordings of ten of Sibelius' tone poems. Most of the favorites are here -- Finlandia and En Saga, but not, however, Valse Triste -- and most of the performances are first-rate. Gibson was a powerfully individualistic conductor whose Sibelius interpretations were dramatically heroic at their best. Gibson is at his best in the less well-known works. His Night Ride and Sunrise is evocative and ecstatic. His The Oceanides is supple and mysterious. Some listeners might find his Tapiola too fast, but none would deny its strength. And all listeners will find his Luonnotar with soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson overwhelmingly compelling. With the technically superb and brilliantly colorful playing of the Scottish National Orchestra, Gibson's Sibelius recordings are arguably the best English Sibelius recordings between Barbirolli and Colin Davis. Chandos' 2004 remastering of the 1977 recordings is superlative. The originals were hard, harsh, and glassy, but these reissues are deep, lush, and warm.
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