ATMA Classique is proud to announce the release of the first album in a new series of recordings devoted to the symphonies of Jean Sibelius, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the helm of the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal. Jean Sibelius wrote the first of his seven symphonies in 1898. The young Finnish composer already speaks in the unique voice he will develop in his later scores, most notably the airy orchestration, the remarkable treatment of the lower registers, the long crescendos carefully crafted to build the utmost tension, and the superb wind solos.
The performance on this disc conveys an engrossing sense of occasion, orchestral balancesRead more meticulously matched to the music and the space in which it was recorded. The understated rhythmic precision that has become a hallmark of Nézet-Séguin’s conducting is particularly apparent in this performance: at the core of even the most rhapsodic passages is a robust beat that intensifies the continuity of the conductor’s handling of this score.