© 2012 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
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Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on 31 May 2003 (Symphony No. 5), 6 December 2003 (Symphony No. 6), and at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall on 22 September 2006 (track 8)

Total playing time: 70.36
DDD Stereo
Released September 2012

CD: Sibelius – Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6

LPO conducted by Paavo Berglund

Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82
Sibelius Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104
Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela

Paavo Berglund conductor
Pieter Schoeman / Boris Garlitsky leaders

Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund (1929–2012) was one of the last conductors with a direct personal connection to Sibelius, and the composer encouraged Berglund early in his conducting career. Berglund’s Sibelius performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra had a special quality, shown in the Second and Seventh Symphonies previously released on the LPO label (LPO-0005), and these live concert recordings allow the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies to take flight.
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‘A release in a thousand! … This rendition of the Fifth, monumental if yielding, is cut from granite, and has a thrilling inevitability to it, the performers – the LPO plays magnificently – totally at-one with Sibelius’s logic and largesse, inspired by Berglund’s rigour and telepathic understanding of this great music … Don’t miss Berglund’s exceptional Sibelius, as captured here.’
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, September 2012

‘The music swims in something translucently beautiful, the textures warm, the pacing and shaping always perfectly gauged.’
The Sunday Times, 9 Sep 2012

‘There could be no finer tribute to Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund than these rugged performances … The Fifth Symphony gathers strength from start to finish. In the Sixth, as in The Swan of Tuonela, Berglund captures the airy but mysterious nature-worship which gives this work its special flavour.’
Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph, 7 Oct 2012

‘Berglund captures the essence of the Fifth Symphony in a masterful fashion, while the Sixth packs an emotional punch.’
Gavin Engelbrecht, The Northern Echo, 27 December 2013

‘The ending of the finale [of the Fifth] is truly, utterly glorious … The French horns really do themselves proud throughout, most memorably when the finale modulates to glorious C major and Berglund asks them to play as loudly and resoundingly as possible.’
Brian Reinhart, MusicWeb International

‘It would not be long before Berglund’s last live date, but here his music-making shows no loss of grip, at once unsentimental and affecting, hushed yet with a tangible sense of power in reserve.’
David Gutman, International Record Review

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