Sibelius Symphony No.5 & 7; En Saga
8th Apr 2016
CD HLL 7543
Sir Mark Elder
JEAN SIBELIUS (1865-1957)
SYMPHONY NO.5 IN E FLAT, OP.82
1. I Tempo molto moderato – Allegro moderato (ma poco a poco stretto) – Presto – Più presto
2. II Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
3. III Allegro molto
SYMPHONY NO.7 IN C, OP.105
4. Adagio – Vivacissimo – Adagio – Allegro molto moderato – Vivace – Presto – Adagio
5. Symphonic poem OP.9
‘… raw, massive, glacial, thrilling. Elder and the Halle have a strong track record in this repertoire.’
The Observer on the Halle’s performance of Sibelius’s Symphony No.2, 2012
Elder and the Hallé return to Sibelius with a stunning album of orchestral masterworks in exhilarating live symphonic performances.
Following their recent chart topping release of Vaughan Williams (Sea Symphony CD HLL 7542) Elder and his acclaimed forces present a volume featuring major works from one of the great symphonists and orchestrators.
Latest release in warmly received Sibelius series: “Sir Mark Elder is an inspirational conductor and there aren’t too many of those around today. Playing with dramatic bite the Hallé is certainly on its finest form with this all-Sibelius disc. Excellent sound quality adds to the desirability of this release.” Music Web review of previous Sibelius release (Pohjola’s Daughter, Oceanides, Symphony No.2 CD HLL 7516) which was Sunday Times Album of the Week, BBC Music Magazine Orchestral Choice, Classic FM Album of the Week and was included in the Sunday Times 100 Best Records of the Year (2013).
Sibelius’ fifth Symphony is one of the orchestral masterpieces, fully displaying the composer’s skill, with evocative and dramatic writing which fully utilizes the orchestral palette.
The seventh Symphony was radical in its seamless one movement structure. Written in the early 1920s, when Sibelius was tormented with uncertainty and depression, the work was his last in the form and is considered by many as being his finest symphonic achievement.
Inspired by Finnish folk legends, against a history of Russian dominance, En Saga is Sibelius’s first important score to reveal a distinctively Finnish character and was the work with which the national music of Finland became an artistic entity.