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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1-7 / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic


Release Date: 11/17/2017 
Label:  Berlin Philharmonic   Catalog #: 50073  
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Note: This 5 Hybrid SACDs release is the lower-priced companion edition to the higher-priced, 4CD/2 Blu-ray set available here

In 2015, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius’s birth, Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker presented not only Sibelius’s symphonies live at the Berlin Philharmonie, but also released the cycle in an exclusive edition. The Washington Post labelled the recordings “a vivid portrait of probably the world’s best orchestra at the peak to which its longtime music director has brought it.” Sir Simon Rattle writes of his work with the Berliner Philharmoniker: "This orchestra thinks and responds incredibly quickly, every single
Read more musician. They're never standing still. Maybe it's because this city, Berlin, functions that way too. With the Berlin Philharmonic you can be sure that the musicians are giving their all – always. They come to the platform as chamber musicians. And they don't ask 'how' – they ask 'why'. That's why I love working with them.”

The edition is now being released in a lower-priced new edition on 5 CDs/SACDs which can be played on any CD or SACD player. The edition includes a high-quality slipcase and a comprehensive booklet. The new release enables playback with either the best CD sound or – when used as SACD – in high-resolution audio quality and in surround sound. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Finland 
3.
Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Finland 
4.
Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Finland 
5.
Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915/1919; Finland 
6.
Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Finland 
7.
Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Finland 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Sibelius Symphonies by Simon Rattle March 14, 2018 By Christopher M. (Los Angeles,, CA) See All My Reviews "Although Rattle began his career in England with a much heralded recording of a Sibelius symphony, he seems now to have stilled whatever enthusiasm he had then so many years ago for the composer with what seems to be a mere "noblesse oblige" run-through of all the symphonies, as he departs the Berlin Philharmonic for the London Symphony Orchestra.Unfortunately, what we hear here is perhaps clear evidence that neither he nor this great orchestra were really able consistently to turn out wonderful music together. Easy proof of this can be had by comparing the terrific recordings of Sibelius symphonies which Herbert Von Karajan made with this same orchestra and this Rattle set. The new recordings are hampered here by distant miking, obscuring a lot of orchestral detail, despite the SACD's potential, and most of all by Rattle's seeming lack of interest in the symphonies themselves. What is thrilling and heartfelt with Herbie's baton is matter-of-fact playing in Rattle's readings. Those of you who might object to Karajan for non-musical reasons might wish to try Sony's set of the Sibelius Symphonies with Eugene Ormandy and the voluptuous Philadelphia Orchestra, or even the Vienna/ Maazel set for Decca. Whatever, I'd pass this new Rattle set." Report Abuse
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