Sibelius: Symphonies 1-7, Finlandia, Etc / Berglund, Helsinki Philharmonic

Release Date: 8/18/2017
Catalog Number: 563139
Composer: Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Number of Discs: 5

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Paavo Berglund (1929-2012) recorded the complete symphonies of his great compatriot Sibelius no fewer than three times. This set, central in every respect, was made in the 1980s with the Helsinki Philharmonic and includes the early Kullervo Symphony and several tone poems. Berglund, a former music director of the Helsinki Philharmonic, was renowned internationally as a master interpreter of Sibelius’s extraordinary music. In Gramophone’s words, he conducted it “with an unhurried, controlled inevitability that allows the music to unfold in its own time without any loss of tension or excitement.”
Works on This Recording
1. Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1899 ; Finland
2. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901-1902 ; Finland
3. Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1907 ; Finland
4. Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911 ; Finland
5. Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1915/1919 ; Finland
6. Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1923 ; Finland
7. Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1924 ; Finland
8. Oceanides, Op. 73 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1914 ; Finland
9. Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
10. Tapiola, Op. 112 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926 ; Finland
11. Our Native Land, Op. 92 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918 ; Finland
12. Origin of Fire, Op. 32 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
13. Kullervo, Op. 7 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Jorma Hynninen (Baritone), Eeva-Liisa Saarinen (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Finland
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