© 2005 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2005 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Symphony No. 2 recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 16 February 2005
Symphony No. 7 recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 6 December 2003
Publishers: Symphony No.2: Breitkopf & Härtel; Symphony No.7: Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Copenhagen
Booklet text in English and German
Total playing time 67:51
Released November 2005

CD: Sibelius – Symphonies Nos. 2 & 7

LPO conducted by Paavo Berglund

Jean Sibelius
Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43
Symphony No. 7 in C, Op. 105

Paavo Berglund conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Boris Garlitsky leader

Founder of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Sir Thomas Beecham began building the Orchestra's long association with the music of Sibelius from the day it was born. Three quarters of a century later, the composer's compatriot and champion Paavo Berglund extends his authoritative discography of Sibelius's music with the Second and Seventh Symphonies; the resulting performances are full of searing excitement, warmth and power.

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‘Berglund must have conducted his compatriot’s Second Symphony hundreds of times. Yet there’s no trace of routine in this live performance, where the LPO’s classy playing keeps bombast safely at bay, emphasising instead the music’s lyrical warmth. Both here and in the Seventh Symphony’s magnificent single-movement span, Berglund judges the music’s shifts of pace with unerring sureness, and really makes the big moments happen.’
Malcolm Hayes, Classic FM, December 2005

‘Berglund knows exactly how and where to place the centres of gravity: how effortlessly he makes the LPO ensemble lean in to the crucial trombone solo as Sibelius lays down his first cornerstone; and though the strings’ last agonising cry from the heart is a bit smudged, you can feel the full intensity behind it (and can hear it, too – those unearthly howls from the podium reveal Berglund living the moment).’
David Nice, BBC Music Magazine, December 2005

‘Berglund has recorded the Sibelius symphonies three times before, but these performances generate excitement no studio version could capture. The Second is notable for its combination of epic sweep and wide swings of mood. The Seventh is a noble, harrowing achievement that attains remarkable spiritual and emotional depths.’
The Guardian, 11 November 2005

‘A performance of overwhelming intensity … very special’
International Record Review, January 2006

‘The playing is exemplary.’
The Guardian, November 2005

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