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Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 6 / Sir Colin Davis, London SO


Release Date: 02/14/2011 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68218   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 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This second installment of Davis’s Sibelius cycle is purest gold. These performances command attention and will satisfy listeners for many years to come.

This second instalment of Davis’s new Sibelius cycle is purest gold. Hardly a phrase in these performances passes without new light being shed on it, and yet there is a strong feeling of spontaneity throughout. Davis’s readings are far from conventional; he often focuses on the darker sides of these symphonies, bringing out rarely heard depths in the Second and adding a fascinating new dimension to the Sixth. In both, he projects a strong sense of narrative and in the Second Symphony guides the argument toward the finale with overwhelming results – the appearance of
Read more the big tune gains immeasurably from a determined lack of sensationalism. Still more revealing is the finale of the Sixth: along with the expected ‘pastoral’ reflection he finds more than a hint of menace.

Davis is admirably served by the LSO. The strings respond to the detail of his interpretation with superb flexibility, and wind and brass groups are richly voiced. There is a wealth of magically observed orchestral detail, with the start of the slow movement of the Second Symphony – a polar-bear growl from the timpani and singing pizzicato – being especially memorable. These performances command attention and will satisfy listeners for many years to come.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Finland 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  Blackheath Concert Halls, London 
Length: 46 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Finland 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  Blackheath Concert Halls, London 
Length: 26 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Allegretto
Tempo andante
Vivacissimo
Allegro moderato
Allegro molto moderato
Allegro moderato
Poco vivace
Allegro molto

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