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Thomas Sondergard

Thomas Sondergard

In recent years Søndergård has conducted four contrasting programmes at the BBC Proms (with BBC NOW) and made successful debuts with the Gothenburg, Atlanta, Brussels, Oslo and Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Seattle, Houston, Philharmonia and BBC Symphony Orchestras.



Super Audio Collection Vol. 10
Super Audio Collection Vol. 10
Having reached its 10 year milestone Linn's Super Audio Collection series remains as popular as ever 

AKP 564  

Sibelius: Symphonies 1 & 6
Sibelius: Symphonies 1 & 6
This recording will cement their partnership as one of the great new Sibelius teams. 

CKD 502  

Super Audio Collection Vol. 8
Super Audio Collection Vol. 8
Featuring Joe Stilgoe, Robin Ticciati, Claire Martin, Thomas Sondergard, Big Screen & Ingrid Fliter. 

AKP 537  

Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7
Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7
Symphonies 2 & 7 are perfect repertoire for Søndergård and his orchesta's symphonic debut. 

CKD 462  

Thomas Søndergård

Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He was Principal Conductor and Musical Advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra from 2009-2012.

In recent years he has conducted four contrasting programmes at the BBC Proms (with BBC NOW) and made successful debuts with the Gothenburg, Atlanta, Brussels, Oslo and Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Seattle, Houston, Philharmonia and BBC Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Konzerthaus Berlin.

Søndergård collaborates regularly with such internationally acclaimed soloists as Janine Jansen, Vilde Frang, Nina Stemme, Truls Mørk, James Ehnes, Julia Fischer and Ingrid Fliter. He is also an experienced opera conductor and has appeared at both the Royal Danish (Cunning Little Vixen) and Royal Swedish Operas (Turandot with Nina Stemme, following his success there with Tosca in 2011). In 2008 he had made a highly successful Stuttgart Staatsoper debut in Tosca (he returned in 2010 for Luisa Miller), and he had been described as a ‘sensation’ at his Royal Danish Opera debut with ruders’s opera Kafka’s Trial: ‘one of the best things that has happened to the art of opera for many years’. Søndergård has conducted the Royal Danish Opera both in Copenhagen and on tour in Denmark, in repertoire from Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le nozze di Figaro and La Bohème to The Rite of Spring and Pulcinella for the Royal Danish Ballet.

Admired for his interpretations of Scandinavian contemporary repertoire, Søndergård has recorded several symphonic scores, notably violin concertos by Sibelius and Prokofiev for emi with Vilde Frang. His Bridge Records disc of Ruders’s Second Piano Concerto was released to critical acclaim and received a Gramophone award nomination in the contemporary category in 2011. in the same year, he was awarded the prestigious Queen Ingrid Foundation Prize for services to music in Denmark.

MusicWeb International
'Overall, this is a pretty successful pairing of two very different Sibelius symphonies. Throughout the disc the playing of the BBCNOW is excellent.'
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FonoForum
'These are rather mild, lovingly designed Sibelius interpretations with a fine balance of the sound colors...'
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Politiken
'The soundscape is warm and unusually clear...you feel as if you can hear every string...'
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Classical Modern Music blog
'This one gives us all the ice and passion of Sibelius-as-Sibelius.'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård gives us illuminating performances in what is shaping up as an outstanding Sibelius cycle.'
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BBC Radio Scotland 'Classics Unwrapped'
Album of the Week: 'His attention to detail, the atmospheres of the pieces have all been beautifully crafted.'
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The Times
4 Stars
Prom 6: 'Brilliant music, this; masterful music-making as well.'
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
Prom 6: '...in Søndegård’s hands the bombast seemed radiant, and moving.'
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BachTrack
4 Stars
Prom 6: '...the BBCNOW’s strings really shone in those moments of rich writing...'
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The Arts Desk
Prom 6: 'The result was a moment of almost Mozartean elegance: clean, precise and quite, quite beautiful.'
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The Independent
4 Stars
Prom 5: '...the BBC National Orchestra of Wales [was] in top form under Thomas Sondergard’s direction...'
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Evening Standard
4 Stars
Prom 5: '...there was a strong sense of the organic growth that makes this compact work so mysterious.'
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BachTrack
4 Stars
Prom 5: '...a clean and ringing sound that rendered Sibelius' orchestral writing transparent but wonderfully warm.'
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Pizzicato
Supersonic Award: 'Both performances are very atmospheric and benefit from a superior recording technique.'
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Classical Ear
4 Stars
'Arresting touches, sparky incident and ear-pricking details are legion.'
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BBC Music Magazine
'very dean-cut, finely detailed playing, reflected in a vividly immediate recording...there's plenty to enjoy here...'


Classica
'...straightforward lines, low-key development, delicate phrase endings…'
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Opera Lounge
'A fantastic recording...one of the best of this piece I've ever come across.'
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The Observer
4 Stars
'...this pairing of Sibelius’s First and Sixth symphonies stands out well in an overcrowded market.'
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WFMT (Chicago)
5 Stars
'...revealed Søndergård to have a profound understanding of the great Finnish composer.'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'…this is a Sibelian with a keen ear for texture and balance.'
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Hi-Fi+
4 Stars
'...it's the transition between first and sixth symphonies that demonstrates why Sondergard and the BBC NOW should be considered an important voice of Sibelius...'
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Gramophone
'There is a transparency, too, with the prominence of inner parts illuminating the harmony in interesting ways...It’s a uniquely Sibelian sound'


Limelight
'This project cycle should appeal to those who like their Sibelius cool, crisp and bracing.'
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Gramophone
'Another disc with a live feel, this Sibelius coupling with the BBC NOW under Thomas Søndergård will bring out the best in any well-matched [hi-fi] set-up.’


Klassik
5 Stars
Audiophiles Highlight: 'Das ist kein bukolisches Rauschen nordischer Wälder, sondern eher ein Ausloten von Seelenlandschaften. Das verklärte En de des Werks stellt daher nicht nur das zu erwartende frohe Ende dar, es scheint vielmehr fast eine Art Erlösung zu symbo lisieren.'
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Fono Forum
5 Stars
,,Das ist kein bukolisches Rauschen nordischer Wälder, sondern eher ein Ausloten von Seelenlandschaften.''
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Classical Candor
'Sondergard's rendering of it is, frankly, gorgeous, one of the most brilliant, moving performances I've heard.'
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Applaus
'Das ist die perfekte CD für Sibelius-Einsteiger wie auch für den Kenner, der schon Referenzaufnahmen im Regal stehen hat, denn es stimmt alles: der ganz spezifische Klang in perfekter Balance, die Tempi, die Spannungsbögen.'
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Classics Today
4½ Stars
'Søndergård gets it right...if this is the first disc in a planned cycle, it looks like it's going to be a very good one.'
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Classics Today France
4 Stars
'Qui veut un Sibelius bien enregistré en SACD multicanal trouvera ici un produit de choix.'
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'Two Sibelius gems superbly played and recorded.'
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Sinfini Music
'[Sondergard's Seventh Symphony] feels nicely organic with some delectable moments of musical blossoming, not least towards the signature trombone solo.'


The Observer
4 Stars
'...intense and rigorous...'
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Scene Magazine
'The immersive Nordic soundscapes of Jean Sibelius' aural world are immaculately rendered on this release from Linn.'
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
'Thomas Sondergard gives Sibelius's Second Symphony a very expressive character, while the Seventh is deeply reflective. Excellent playing by the BBC Symphony Orchestra of Wales. The recorded sound matches the excellence of the performances.'
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Robert Music Blog
'The performance of the 2nd is sublime.'
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InfoDad
4 Stars
'An outstanding Symphony No. 2.'
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The Sunday Times
'The BBC National Orchestra of Wales here shows itself to be in fine fettle, offering cogent, clear-textured performances.'
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Politiken
4 Stars
'[Sondergard] livtag med Sibelius’ 2. Symfoni matcher nogle af de bedste...Kombinationen af klarhed, varme og Sibelius’ svimlende symfoniske vidder, som de langsomt samler sig i symfoniens stadig større, bjergtagende landskabsagtige panoreringer, er flot.'
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Herald Scotland
'I can only welcome, with fast-beating heart, one of the great new Sibelian teams into the record business with the debut recording on Linn Records of Sibelius's Second and Seventh Symphonies by Thomas Sondergard and his BBC National Orchestra of Wales.'
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ResMusica
'Thomas Søndergård impose un Sibelius direct et franc du collier, simplement musical et granitique, mais qui s'avère inspiré et sain.'
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
'The BBC NOW, recorded in the warm, clear acoustics of the Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, responds keenly to the way that Søndergård subtly controls aspects of tempo, instrumental balance and the shifting of mood to create a genuine sense of the music's organically conceived nature.'
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AllMusic
5 Stars
'The comparatively lush orchestration of the Symphony No. 2 probably has never sounded better in any recorded format.'
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BBC Music Magazine
'Thomas Søndergård has a deserved reputation as a fine conductor...there's also much deft and accurate detail...'
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