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Sibelius: Symphonies 1 & 4 / Davis, London Symphony Orchestra

Sibelius / Lso / Davis
Release Date: 12/09/2008 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 601   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sir Colin Davis's award-winning cycle of Sibelius's symphonies reaches its conclusion with the release of Symphonies Nos 1 & 4. Sibelius was still heavily influenced by Tchaikovsky when he composed his First Symphony although there are clear signs of him developing his own highly individual style. The Fourth Symphony, completed eleven years later constitutes a dark heart at the cetre of his symphonic output, written shortly after he underwent treatment for cancer. 'What makes Davis's Sibelius compelling is that he manages to have it both ways. He gives these fine players the encouragement to turn individual passages into moments of spine-tingling magic ... But he never loses sight of the bigger objective, which is to pull together, bit Read more by bit, the seemingly disparate themes ... I doubt whether I shall ever hear an orchestra and conductor achieve a closer rapport in Sibelius' The Times (UK) concert review 'Davis made it as taut and purposeful as the later symphonies, and as structurally cogent. It was certainly a vivid account, but Davis made details tell as much as the symphony's big tragic statements, and drew the thematic threads of the finale together with massive assurance' The Guardian (UK) concert review



These reflective, deeply felt performances are among the most penetrating on disc.

– BBC Music Magazine

The First is archetypal latter-day Davis, vehemently alive and unafraid to slam on the brakes in the interests of heightened expressivity. The Fourth is even more impressive in its muscular directness, contemplating barren wastelands without the sugar-coating of Romanticism.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Live  The Barbican, London, England 
Length: 38 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Finland 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Live  The Barbican, London, England 
Length: 38 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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