Sibelius- Symphony No. 2 - Pohjola's Daughter (2007)

Sibelius

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Colin Davis

Sibelius’s Pohjola’s Daughter is usually classified as a ’tone poem’– in other words, not a ’pure’ symphonic work, but one in which a literary or pictorial idea is represented in music. But Sibelius’s description was ’Symphonic Fantasy’ – which is exactly how the onemovement Seventh Symphony was entitled when it first appeared in 1924. It is quite possible to appreciate Pohjola’s Daughter simply as a colourful and highly compact one-movement symphony. All the same, unlike the Seventh Symphony, Pohjola’s Daughter does come with a story, printed in verse form in the score. It tells how V.in.m.inen – the wizard-hero of the Finnish folk-epic, the Kalevala – sees the daughter of the moon-god Pohjola sitting at her spinning wheel atop a rainbow. Instantly he falls in love with her, and begs her to join him. She agrees to come down when V.in.m.inen has conjured a boat from her spindle – in other words: ’Thanks, but no thanks’. V.in.m.inen tries heroically, but fails. Furious, humiliated, he springs onto his sleigh and vanishes.

Read more

London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Sir Colin Davis

Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1995, and then President from 2006 until his death in 2013, Sir Colin Davis performed regularly with the LSO at the Barbican and on tour. As well as featuring on many LSO Live recordings, helping to provide the label with significant profile in its early days, he also recorded widely with Philips, BMG and Erato. His LSO Live releases have won numerous prizes, including Grammy and Gramophone Awards, and a BBC Music Magazine Award (2007), and have covered, among others, repertoire by Berlioz, Dvo?.k, Elgar, Haydn, MacMillan, Sibelius, Tippett, and Verdi. Sir Colin was formerly Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1967–71), became the Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1971, and was Principal Guest Conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 1998 to 2003. Other orchestras he held prominent positions with include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchetra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and the English Chamber Orchestra.

Read more

Sibelius- Symphony No. 2 - Pohjola's Daughter (2007)

Sibelius

London Symphony Orchestra

    MusicalCriticism.com

A towering interpretation of the Second Symphony ... This is the LSO and Sir Colin Davis at the very peak of their powers ... I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to say that it ranks amongst the orchestra’s three finest symphonic recordings for the label ... This is easily one of the greatest Sibelius recordings of all time

[read full review]

    Sunday Telegraph

He [Sir Colin Davis] builds the first movement to a thrilling climax without over-dramatising it. The slow movement has even more expressive power, with superb brass playing.

    Sunday Times

The latest LSO Live CD shows the orchestra (and the sound engineers) in resplendent form ... This is monumental Sibelius.

    BBC Music Magazine

There is so much about these performances that is ear-opening - or just plain magnificent.

    The Observer

This might turn out to be the finest Sibelius cycle on disc ... superbly handled by these fine players under a master Sibelian.

    International Record Review

This is an absolutely magnificent performance of the Second Symphony from first bar to last, reinforcing yet again the contention that live performances by great orchestras and conductors often have the edge over multi-edited studio recordings ... The sense of musical atmosphere is superbly maintained throughout and is well caught in this excellent recording ... [Pohjola’s Daughter] is given an equally outstanding reading. This disc is a serious challenger for orchestral record of the year by any standards.

    Gramophone

Davis reminds us now just how great he is in Sibelius with a marvellous new recording of the Second Symphony ... the strength of this performance, where a patient (and all the more involving for that) build-up leads to a shattering finale. Davis loves Sibelius, and the orchestra clearly love playing for him. Listening to a Sibelius performance of this calibre, there's no other composer one would rather hear.

    BBC Radio 3 Building a Library

It combines the electric atmosphere of a live performance with the accumulated experience of decades of performing and recording this composer. There’s a sense of synchronicity between conductor and orchestra, of elasticity and spontaneity, of organic growth from one moment and one movement to the next.

Sibelius- Symphony No. 2 - Pohjola's Daughter (2007)

Sibelius

London Symphony Orchestra

Mastering Engineer:Jonathan Stokes
Producer:James Maillinson
Recording Engineer:Jonathan Stokes
Recording location:Barbican London
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD64

Quality & Channel Selection Digitized at DSD64
Select Quality and Channels to calculate the price below More info

Quality

  • DXD
  • 64fs
  • 128fs
  • 256fs

Channels

This album is available as ST+MCH download (Stereo + Multichannel)
For albums, lower DSD bit rates (128 and/or 64) are available at no surcharge. This does not apply for DXD selection.
Album Download duration price
LSO0605: Sibelius- Symphony No. 2 - Pohjola's Daughter
00:58:38   Select quality & channels above
Tracks
1.
Sibelius: Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49
Sibelius
00:14:32   Select quality & channels above
2.
Sibelius- Symphony No 2 in D major, Op. 43- i. Allegretto
Sibelius
00:09:05   Select quality & channels above
3.
Sibelius- Symphony No 2 in D major, Op. 43- ii. Tempo andante, ma rubato
Sibelius
00:14:53   Select quality & channels above
4.
Sibelius- Symphony No 2 in D major, Op. 43- iii. Vivacissimo
Sibelius
00:06:06   Select quality & channels above
5.
Sibelius- Symphony No 2 in D major, Op. 43- iv. Finale- Allegro moderato
Sibelius
00:14:02   Select quality & channels above

User Reviews

Other albums from this label