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Sibelius: Finlandia

Thomas Sondergard

Sibelius: Finlandia

...a fitting finale
CKD 566 (Linn Records)
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1
En saga, Op. 9

En saga, Op. 9

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
18:06 Play $6.85
2
Finlandia, Op. 26

Finlandia, Op. 26

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
08:10 Play $3.40
3
The Swan of Tuonela, Op. 22 No. 2

The Swan of Tuonela, Op. 22 No. 2

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
09:12 Play $3.40
4
The Oceanides, Op. 73

The Oceanides, Op. 73

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
09:47 Play $3.40
5
Valse triste, Op. 44 No. 1

Valse triste, Op. 44 No. 1

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
04:18 Play $1.70
6
King Christian II Suite, Op. 27: I. Nocturne

King Christian II Suite, Op. 27: I. Nocturne

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
06:53 Play $3.40
7
King Christian II Suite, Op. 27: II. Elegy

King Christian II Suite, Op. 27: II. Elegy

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
05:46 Play $3.40
8
King Christian II Suite, Op. 27: III. Musette

King Christian II Suite, Op. 27: III. Musette

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
02:18 Play $1.70
9
King Christian II Suite, Op. 27: IV. Serenade

King Christian II Suite, Op. 27: IV. Serenade

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
04:32 Play $1.70
10
King Christian II Suite, Op. 27: V. Ballade

King Christian II Suite, Op. 27: V. Ballade

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
05:18 Play $3.40
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In the year in which BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates ninety years since its inception, Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård leads the orchestra in a performance of six of Sibelius’ most famous masterpieces.

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BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Based in Cardiff, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales has performed throughout Wales, UK and internationally.
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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.
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Continuing the partnership’s shared fascination with the orchestral music of Sibelius – notable readings of four of the seven numbered symphonies (Nos. 1, 2, 6 and 7) precede this – this recording shines a spotlight on a further two major strands of the Finnish master’s compositional output: theatre music and the tone poem.

Sibelius established his credentials early on with the tonally adventurous En saga, which brings to mind the excellence of Berlioz’ orchestral writing. A successful foray into the tone world of Debussy followed, resulting in the haunting seascape of The Oceanides, unquestionably Sibelius’s most impressionistic orchestral canvas. The wonderfully descriptive Swan of Tuonela finds Sibelius at his mystical best as he casts the cor anglais as the majestic swan from Finnish mythology. Valse Triste is one of Sibelius’ best known works having achieved worldwide popularity. Originally scored for strings, a 1904 revision saw the addition of flute, clarinet, horns and timpani creating a bewitching orchestral miniature that has been reproduced in countless arrangements.

Sibelius wrote it was ‘pure inspiration’ that led to the composition of the perpetually popular Finlandia. With its world-famous hymn motif, its melodic appeal is inescapable; the dark-hued orchestration is entirely characteristic (especially in those glowering brass interjections at the very start), whilst the patriotic fervour and fierce pride it expresses is genuinely uplifting.

Sibelius: Finlandia represents a fitting finale to this Sibelius series.

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Politiken
5/6: 'An excellent new recording...There’s good reason to follow Søndergård's odyssey with the musicians from the BBC.'
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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.'


MusicWeb International
'The highlight of the disc is the performance of the elusive and mystical Oceanides, where the orchestral playing is outstandingly refined and full of tension.'
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Pizzicato
Supersonic Award: '...they play with excellent transparency and they give very accurate and diversified accounts of the various works.'
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The Arts Desk
'...this collection of tone poems and incidental music boasts excellent sound, with impressive playing from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.'
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
'The opening Nocturne is an absolute gem, serene, evocative, and richly melodic. Søndergård teases out every ounce of quiet passion.'
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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.'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'...direct, well-paced, nowhere for the players to hide in the upfront detailed recording.'
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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.'
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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.'
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