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Sibelius: Complete Symphonies

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012


BBC Philharmonic

John Storgards


MediaCity UK, Salford


Brian Pidgeon

Mike George

Ralph Couzens



Stephen Rinker

Mike Smith


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 232:45
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Symphony No. 1, Op. 39

  in E minor - in e-Moll - en mi mineur  
1 I Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico - Tranquillo - 11:16
2 II Andante (ma non troppo lento) - Un poco meno andante - 9:21
3 III Scherzo. Allegro - Lento (ma non troppo) - Tempo I - 5:07
4 IV Finale (Quasi Una Fantasia). Andante - Poco stretto - 12:41

Symphony No. 4, Op. 63

  in A minor - in a-Moll - en la mineur  
5 I Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio - Adagio - 9:19
6 II Allegro molto vivace - Tranquillo - Tranquillo - Doppio più lento 5:01
7 III Il tempo largo 10:54
8 IV Allegro 9:26

Three Late Fragments

  Transcribed by Timo Virtanen  
9 HUL 1325 1:09
10 HUL 1326/9 0:15
11 HUL 1327/2. Allegro moderato 1:13

Symphony No. 2, Op. 43

  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur  
12 I Allegretto - Poco Allegro - Poco tranquillo - 10:12
  Poco largamente -  
13 II Tempo andante, ma rubato - Poco allegro - Molto largamente - 15:05
14 III Vivacissimo - Lento e suave - Tempo I - Lento e suave - 6:06
15 IV Finale. Allegro moderato - Pesante - Un poco con moto - 14:14

Symphony No. 5, Op. 82

  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur  
16 I Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato (ma poco a poco stretto) - 14:03
17 II Andante mosso, quasi allegretto - Poco tranquillo - 8:44
18 III Allegro molto - Un pochettino largamente - Poco più largo - 9:37

Symphony No. 3, Op. 52

  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur  
19 I Allegro moderato 10:17
20 II Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto - Un pochettino con moto - 9:48
21 III Moderato - Allegro (ma non tanto) - Meno allegro - 8:43

Symphony No. 6, Op. 104

  in D minor - in d-Moll - en ré mineur  
22 I Allegro molto moderato - Poco allargando - 8:48
23 II Allegretto moderato - Poco con moto - Poco a poco meno piano - 5:27
24 III Poco vivace 3:45
25 IV Allegro molto - Allegro assai - Doppio più lento 10:04

Symphony No. 7, Op. 105

  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur  
26 I Adagio - Un pochettino meno adagio - 9:40
27 II Vivacissimo - Adagio - 2:52
28 III Allegro molto moderato - Allegro moderato - 4:03
29 IV Vivace - Presto - Poco a poco rallentando al adagio - Largamente - 5:35
 John Storgards
  18 June 2013 (No. 1), 19-20 June 2013 (No. 2), 5 September 2012 (No. 3), 10 June 2013 (No. 4), 14 June 2013 (No. 5), 23 October 2012 (No. 6), 24 October 2012 (No. 7), 11 December 2013 (Three Late Fragments)  

The Finnish maestro John Storgårds, Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, presents his first recording on Chandos, a complete symphonic cycle of his nation’s greatest musical export, Jean Sibelius.

The triumphant premieres of Symphonies Nos 1 and 2, with their big tunes and great romantic sweep, established the international reputation of Sibelius as a symphonist, some audiences even considering him Beethoven’s natural successor. The symphonies that followed chart Sibelius’s development as one of the most individual composers of the early twentieth century. Each symphony has its unique approach, whether it be the classicism of the Third, the brooding modernism of the Fourth, or the icy stillness of the Sixth, so evocative of the Finnish landscape. The Symphony No. 7 in C major represents Sibelius’s greatest achievement in the symphonic form. In it he compresses the grand emotional sweep of a symphony into one startlingly original movement lasting little over twenty minutes.

Illness prevented Sibelius from completing any major works in the last thirty years of his life. Manuscripts show, however, that he never stopped composing. Recorded here are three orchestral fragments prepared by Timo Virtanen from late sketches thought to be for Sibelius’s legendary ‘lost’ 8th Symphony, destroyed by the composer in 1945. They offer a fascinating glimpse into the composer’s creative imagination during a time when impaired health inhibited Sibelius from realising his rich musical visions.


 “… As to the sound of this set, I think it is the best recorded of the cycle we have ever had… the sheer excellence of capturing the Sibelian sonority is exemplary. So too is the playing of the orchestra who surely benefited from having performed the cycle live (with broadcasts) before taking it to the studio. The players seem to have absorbed the music into their bones… Storgårds achieves wonders in the most enigmatic works and never gives less than his best in the others. Among Finnish cycles this ranks highly…”

Edward Clark – Musical Opinion Quarterly magazine – July-September 2014


Biëlla Luttmer - de Volkskrant (Netherlands) - 4 July 2014

 “… plenty to enjoy…”

Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone magazine – June 2014

                Performance  ****      Recordings *****

"... When it comes to overview and attention to detail John Storgårds is an exemplary Sibelius conductor..."

Stephen Johnson - BBC Music magazine - June 2014

"...this is a fine and distinctive set from an orchestra playing consistently at somewhere near its best and conducted by a Sibelian of stature ... it should be investigated by all who wish to delve deeper into a symphonic cycle whose riches seem ever more inexhaustible."

Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - May 2014

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