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Sibelius: Symphony No. 5; Lutoslawski: Concerto For Orchestra / Saraste, London Philharmonic

Sibelius / Lutoslawski / Lpo / Sarasate
Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Lpo   Catalog #: 57   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean SibeliusWitold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Saraste and the London Philharmonic Orchestra create just the right powerful and atmospheric atmosphere in Pohjola’s Daughter, with a particularly eloquent cello solo at the outset. And then the Lutoslawski, recorded earlier in the year, is given as brilliant a performance as one is likely to hear in concert. This three-movement work has become one of the composer’s most popular, and one can readily see why. There is certainly plenty of display, justifying the title, but this is one of those works in which Lutoslawski decided on the tactic of using folk-based material as a way of regaining the support and confidence of the Polish state authorities. A lesser composer might have surrendered his musical integrity, but Lutoslawski Read more brilliantly managed both to express himself and to curry favour. Thus the work, though highly modernistic and using an advanced musical language, is audibly based on folk music, with much use of repeated melodic and rhythmic tags. The performers establish just the right imposing mood at the outset, and the rest of the performance maintains this mastery, through the gossamer scherzo second movement right to the end of the brilliant, virtuoso finale. I don’t know of any performance that is demonstrably finer or more exciting than this one, and that includes two conducted by the composer himself.

The English-only accompanying notes from Andrew Mellor and Anthony Burton provide perfectly serviceable introductions to the three works. The recording has both clarity and impact, more than acceptable given the difficulty of establishing any kind of atmosphere in that particular venue."

-- William Hedley, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915/1919; Finland 
2.
Concerto for Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Poland 
3.
Pohjola's daughter, Op. 49 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 

Sound Samples

Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49
Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82: I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82: II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82: III. Allegro molto - Largamente assai
Concerto for Orchestra: I. Intrada: Allegro maestoso
Concerto for Orchestra: II. Capriccio notturno e arioso: Vivace
Concerto for Orchestra: III. Passacaglia, toccata e corale: Andante con moto

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