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Sibelius: Symphonies No 1 & 4 / Colin Davis, London Symphony

Release Date: 05/12/2011 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68183   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sir Colin Davis's Sibelius cycle at London's Barbican Centre some years ago gained immediate recognition. Andrew Porter went as far as to compare it with that of Furtwangler's post-war Beethoven cycle in London. The ensuing recordings have lived up to the high expectations of that cycle. The Fourth was always one of the triumphs of his Boston survey on Philips. Along with the 1937 Beecham and the 1954 Philharmonia (Columbia, 5/54 — nla) and 1966 Berlin Philharmonic Karajan sets, the Colin Davis was one of the most inward and searching readings committed to disc, and his recent Sixth with the LSO was masterly.

Berglund's players are keen and fresh but not so deeply immersed in the idiom as are the LSO. We are not long — indeed
Read more barely a few bars — into the first movement of the Fourth before we realize that we are in a totally different world from the Berglund. There is a far greater sense of breadth (Sir Colin allows himself more space and takes nearly 1055" to Berglund's 9'23") but it is in terms of imaginative insight that Davis scores. Berglund offers carefully delineated contours and outlines, as well as giving a good monochrome picture of this world. Davis takes us completely inside it — we become part of it and feel we inhabit it. To my mind Sir Colin's Fourth is the finest and most powerful reading of the work to have emerged since the days of Karajan.

-- Gramophone [1/1997]

This disc received the 1997 Gramophone award for "Best Orchestral Recording."
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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: 12/1994 
Venue:  Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England 
Length: 39 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Finland 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England 
Length: 37 Minutes 18 Secs. 

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