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Sibelius: Orchestral Works / Oramo, BBC Symphony


Release Date: 06/07/2019 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: CHAN 20136  
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2013, Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo has a special affinity with the music of his compatriot Sibelius which this recording admirably demonstrates. Sibelius’ ever-popular ‘Lemminkäinen Suite’ is coupled here with ‘Spring Song’, and the lesser-known Suite from ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’. Sibelius composed the ‘Lemminkäinen Suite’ (also called the Four Legends, or Four Legends from the Kalevala), Op. 22, in the 1890s. Originally conceived as a mythological opera, Veneen luominen (The Building of the Boat), the suite is based on the character Lemminkäinen from the Finnish epic, the Kalevala. Sibelius’ music for
Read more ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’ was originally composed as incidental music for a play (by Hjalmar Procopé), in 1906. First performed in the Swedish Theatre in Helsinki in November of that year, conducted by the composer. The following year, Sibelius extracted four of the eight movements to form the more widely known orchestral suite we hear in this recording.

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REVIEWS:

The BBC Symphony's chief conductor brings deep insights to bear here. It is thrilling to hear the rarity Spring Song played with full acknowledgement that this is rather more than a seasonal ditty. We once again come close to the heart of Sibelius in an unlikely place.

– Gramophone

The Lemminkäinen Suite has tended to be viewed as an important staging post on Sibelius’s path to the symphony. What Sakari Oramo shows is that it’s a marvellous achievement in its own right, and as such not quite like anything else. Superbly recorded, this is a Lemminkäinen Suite to treasure.

– BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893/1895; Finland 
2.
Spring Song, Op. 16 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
3.
Belshazzar's Feast, Op. 51: Suite by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 

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