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Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7

Thomas Sondergard

Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7

... much deft and accurate detail
CKD 462 (Linn Records)
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Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: I. Allegretto

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: I. Allegretto

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
09:29 Play $3.40
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Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: II. Tempo Andante, ma rubato

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: II. Tempo Andante, ma rubato

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
13:51 Play $5.10
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Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: III. Vivacissimo

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: III. Vivacissimo

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
05:55 Play $3.40
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Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: IV. Finale: Allegro moderato

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: IV. Finale: Allegro moderato

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
12:38 Play $5.10
5
Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op.105: Adagio – Vivacissimo – Allegro moderato

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op.105: Adagio – Vivacissimo – Allegro moderato

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Thomas Sondergard
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
20:33 Play $8.55
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Thomas Søndergård's opening concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, at which Sibelius was the highlight, was hailed a triumph by audiences and press alike and marked a new era for the orchestra.

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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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4 stars '...it is an auspicious start...The BBC NOW 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.' The Telegraph

'I can only welcome, with fast-beating heart, one of the great new Sibelian teams into the record business...Sondergard's Sibelius Two is breathtaking...Their flawless performance of the Seventh Symphony, if you love this music, will break your heart.' The Herald 

'...inspiring, but also fluid and remarkably condensed...cogent, clear-textured performances.' The Sunday Telegraph
 

Building on this triumphant debut the 2013 BBC Proms saw Søndergård and a reinvigorated BBC NOW win over the critics with their charismatic performance and formidable interpretations of 20th century repertoire. Stating his intentions the new Principal Conductor was clear: ‘I can’t wait to discover Sibelius all over again with my new orchestra’.

With their nationalist themes Symphonies 2 & 7 are perfect repertoire for Søndergård and his orchestra to make their symphonic recording debut. The Second Symphony marked a major step in Sibelius’ development as a composer, and remains one of his most popular works.

Symphony No. 7 is notable for being a one-movement symphony and is completely original in form, subtle in its handling of tempi, individual in its treatment of key and wholly organic in growth and is considered Sibelius’ most remarkable compositional achievement.

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The Times
4 Stars
Prom 6: 'Brilliant music, this; masterful music-making as well.'
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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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BachTrack
4 Stars
Prom 6: '...the BBCNOW’s strings really shone in those moments of rich writing...'
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
Prom 6: '...in Søndegård’s hands the bombast seemed radiant, and moving.'
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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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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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BachTrack
4 Stars
Prom 5: '...a clean and ringing sound that rendered Sibelius' orchestral writing transparent but wonderfully warm.'
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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.’


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