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SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 4, 6 and 7 (Premiere Recordings) (Stokowski, Schneevoigt, Koussevitzky) (1932-1934)

SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 4, 6 and 7 (Premiere Recordings) (Stokowski, Schneevoigt, Koussevitzky) (1932-1934)

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Finnish National Orchestra

Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

Philadephia Orchestra

Orchestra

Leopold Stokowski

Conductor

Georg Schneevoigt

Conductor

Sergey Koussevitzky

Conductor

Uppsala Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra

Venue:

Queen's Hall, London, UK

Venue

EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London, UK

Venue

Church Studio, Camden, New Jersey, USA

Venue

Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 79:40
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SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 4, 6 and 7 (Premiere Recordings) (Stokowski, Schneevoigt, Koussevitzky) (1932-1934)

     
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Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63

 
1 I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio 8:19
2 II. Allegro molto vivace 4:31
3 III. Il tempo largo 8:29
4 IV. Allegro 10:52
 Uppsala Chamber Orchestra Orchestra
 Leopold Stokowski Conductor
     
 

Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104

 
5 I. Allegro molto moderato 8:19
6 II. Allegretto moderato 5:34
7 III. Poco vivace - 2:52
8 IV. Allegro molto 9:28
 Uppsala Chamber Orchestra Orchestra
 Georg Schneevoigt Conductor
     
 

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105

 
9 Adagio - 8:06
10 Un pochetto meno adagio - Vivacissimo - Adagio - 4:25
11 Allegro molto moderato - Allegro moderato - 3:42
12 Vivace - Presto - Adagio - Largamente molto - Affettuoso 5:03
 Uppsala Chamber Orchestra Orchestra
 Sergey Koussevitzky Conductor
     


Three historically significant première recordings of Sibelius symphonies are brought together on this reissue for the first time. Finnish conductor Georg Schnéevoigt was close to Sibelius and a perceptive interpreter of his music, making this lucid and controlled first recording of the Sixth Symphony following the death of Robert Kajanus, who was to have recorded the complete symphonies. Made during the Great Depression, Leopold Stokowski’s compelling performance of the Fourth Symphony reflects the composer’s ‘solitude and pain’. Renowned Russian conductor Serge Koussevitzky directs Sibelius’s final Seventh Symphony in a famously intense live performance.

"The recording [of No 4] is certainly acceptable with excellent woodwind, convincing overall balance, natural-sounding timpani ...There is much detail in the wispy Scherzo. The intensity of Koussevitzky’s reading [of No 7] is remarkable: this is the performance that years ago convinced me of the greatness of the symphony... The basic sound is good for its period, the instruments are captured convincingly and the hushed passages are magical." 
 
Antony Hodgson - Classical Recordings Quarterly - July 2013

"These classic performances have all been reissued before but not together on a single disc. Any one of them would justify the purchase but together they are irresistible: Stokowski best for mood, Schneevoigt for authenticity, Koussevitzky for drama, all quite stunning. The time when these recordings were made (1932-34) marked the apex in Sibelius’s popularity—and corresponded with the peak of a great epoch in orchestral conducting." 
 
David Radcliffe - American Record Guide - July 2013



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