Shopping Cart

0 Items in Cart
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.



Sibelius: Finlandia
Sibelius: Finlandia
Thomas Søndergård leads the orchestra in a performance of six of Sibelius’ most famous masterpieces. 

CKD 566  

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 BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) and Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO); prior to this, he was for three seasons Principal Conductor and Musical Advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. He has recently been announced as Music Director of Royal Scottish National Orchestra from September 2018.

Recent seasons have included visits to London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

Plans for 2017/18 include debuts with Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Gurzenich-Orchester Köln, SWR Baden-Baden, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and return visits to Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Mahler Symphony No. 1), BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (Stravinsky’s Firebird), Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the revival of The Magic Flute with Norske Opera. With RSNO he conducts performances of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben and for the RSNO Piano Competition. Plans with BBC NOW include a programme with highly acclaimed pianist Stephen Hough and performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12 and Sibelius' Symphony No. 5.

2018 ICMA Nominations
16 November 2017
Five Linn recordings are nominated!
more >>

BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'...this release can hold its own with the best around. Thomas Søndergård's approach conjures a pulsing energy of the kind which seems to well up from within the music itself.'


Pizzicato
Supersonic Award: '...they play with excellent transparency and they give very accurate and diversified accounts of the various works.'
more >>

The Arts Desk
'...this collection of tone poems and incidental music boasts excellent sound, with impressive playing from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.'
more >>

The Scotsman
4 Stars
'The opening Nocturne is an absolute gem, serene, evocative, and richly melodic. Søndergård teases out every ounce of quiet passion.'
more >>

All Music
4 Stars
'His approach to Sibelius is dry, deliberate, and focused on transparency and the revelation of inner detail, and in realizing these goals, he draws fine playing from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.'
more >>

BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'...direct, well-paced, nowhere for the players to hide in the upfront detailed recording.'
more >>

CD Choice
'These are performances of immense sensitivity and (where required) dramatic forcefulness – The Oceanides in particular is given one of the most striking readings it has enjoyed in recent years.'
more >>

MusicWeb International
'This is a full-throated big hall reading of the Suite which is given a most impressive symphonic impulse. These recordings and readings equate integrity with restraint and warrant being played at a higher than usual volume.'
more >>

Scherzo
'...the Dane delivers a convincing Sibelius in terms of sonority and atmosphere...'


Hi-Fi News
'...a wonderful opening clarinet solo, pp, that raises great expectations for what follows - a peformance that's absorbing right through.'
more >>

Klassisk
'...the whole course (of the symphony) is beautifully formed...'
more >>

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.'
more >>

FonoForum
'These are rather mild, lovingly designed Sibelius interpretations with a fine balance of the sound colors...'
more >>

Politiken
'The soundscape is warm and unusually clear...you feel as if you can hear every string...'
more >>

Classical Modern Music blog
'This one gives us all the ice and passion of Sibelius-as-Sibelius.'
more >>

Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård gives us illuminating performances in what is shaping up as an outstanding Sibelius cycle.'
more >>

BBC Radio Scotland 'Classics Unwrapped'
Album of the Week: 'His attention to detail, the atmospheres of the pieces have all been beautifully crafted.'
more >>

The Times
4 Stars
Prom 6: 'Brilliant music, this; masterful music-making as well.'
more >>

The Arts Desk
Prom 6: 'The result was a moment of almost Mozartean elegance: clean, precise and quite, quite beautiful.'
more >>

BachTrack
4 Stars
Prom 6: '...the BBCNOW’s strings really shone in those moments of rich writing...'
more >>

The Telegraph
4 Stars
Prom 6: '...in Søndegård’s hands the bombast seemed radiant, and moving.'
more >>

Evening Standard
4 Stars
Prom 5: '...there was a strong sense of the organic growth that makes this compact work so mysterious.'
more >>

The Independent
4 Stars
Prom 5: '...the BBC National Orchestra of Wales [was] in top form under Thomas Sondergard’s direction...'
more >>

BachTrack
4 Stars
Prom 5: '...a clean and ringing sound that rendered Sibelius' orchestral writing transparent but wonderfully warm.'
more >>

Pizzicato
Supersonic Award: 'Both performances are very atmospheric and benefit from a superior recording technique.'
more >>

Classical Ear
4 Stars
'Arresting touches, sparky incident and ear-pricking details are legion.'
more >>

BBC Music Magazine
'very dean-cut, finely detailed playing, reflected in a vividly immediate recording...there's plenty to enjoy here...'


CPR
'...they strike a balance between external reserve and the deeply human heart of these symphonies.'
more >>

Classica
'...straightforward lines, low-key development, delicate phrase endings…'
more >>

Opera Lounge
'A fantastic recording...one of the best of this piece I've ever come across.'
more >>

The Observer
4 Stars
'...this pairing of Sibelius’s First and Sixth symphonies stands out well in an overcrowded market.'
more >>

WFMT (Chicago)
5 Stars
'...revealed Søndergård to have a profound understanding of the great Finnish composer.'
more >>

BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'…this is a Sibelian with a keen ear for texture and balance.'
more >>

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...'
more >>

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.'
more >>

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.'
more >>

Fono Forum
5 Stars
,,Das ist kein bukolisches Rauschen nordischer Wälder, sondern eher ein Ausloten von Seelenlandschaften.''
more >>

Classical Candor
'Sondergard's rendering of it is, frankly, gorgeous, one of the most brilliant, moving performances I've heard.'
more >>

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.'
more >>

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.'
more >>

Classics Today France
4 Stars
'Qui veut un Sibelius bien enregistré en SACD multicanal trouvera ici un produit de choix.'
more >>

Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'Two Sibelius gems superbly played and recorded.'
more >>

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...'
more >>

Scene Magazine
'The immersive Nordic soundscapes of Jean Sibelius' aural world are immaculately rendered on this release from Linn.'
more >>

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.'
more >>

Robert Music Blog
'The performance of the 2nd is sublime.'
more >>

InfoDad
4 Stars
'An outstanding Symphony No. 2.'
more >>

The Sunday Times
'The BBC National Orchestra of Wales here shows itself to be in fine fettle, offering cogent, clear-textured performances.'
more >>

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.'
more >>

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.'
more >>

ResMusica
'Thomas Søndergård impose un Sibelius direct et franc du collier, simplement musical et granitique, mais qui s'avère inspiré et sain.'
more >>

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.'
more >>

AllMusic
5 Stars
'The comparatively lush orchestration of the Symphony No. 2 probably has never sounded better in any recorded format.'
more >>

BBC Music Magazine
'Thomas Søndergård has a deserved reputation as a fine conductor...there's also much deft and accurate detail...'
more >>