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concert Paavo Berglund conducts Sibelius's Symphony No. 1 — With the Chamber Orchestra of Europe The legendary 1998 cycle of Sibelius's symphonies

The legendary 1998 cycle of Sibelius's symphonies

Paavo Berglund conducts Sibelius's Symphony No. 1 — With the Chamber Orchestra of Europe The legendary 1998 cycle of Sibelius's symphonies

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Composed during a particularly dark period in Sibelius’s life—both politically (with tensions mounting between Russia and Finland) and personally (with the tragic loss of a daughter)—his First Symphony surges along on a defiant Romantic sentiment, already imbued with the deeply personal expressionism that would evolve momentously throughout his seven symphonies.

A moment to listen for in… Sibelius’s First Symphony: Is it just us, or (at 20:25) is there a resemblance between David Bowie and Queen’s classic hit "Under Pressure" and the persistent rythmic motif at the beginning of the third movement (Scherzo)?

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Program

  • Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39
    • 1. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico
    • 2. Andante (ma non troppo lento)
    • 3. Scherzo: Allegro
    • 4. Finale: Andante - Allegro molto - Andante assai - Allegro molto come prima - Andante (ma non troppo)

Details

  • Venue: Helsinki Festival (Helsinki, Finland)
  • Production date: 2022
  • Recording date: 1998
  • Duration: 38 min
  • Production: © Aarno Cronvall and Heikki Lehtonen, under licence to the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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