Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra – Sibelius: Symphony No 2 & Pohjola’s Daughter (2007) DSF DSD64

Jean Sibelius – Symphony No 2 & Pohjola’s Daughter – London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (2007)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 58:38  minutes | 2,33 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Booklet, Front Cover |  © LSO Live
Recorded: Barbican Centre, London; Pohjola’s Daughter recorded September and October 2005; Symphony No 2 recorded September 2006

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 – 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 has conjured a boat from her spindle – in other words: ’Thanks, but no thanks’. tries heroically, but fails. Furious, humiliated, he springs onto his sleigh and vanishes.

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
1 Pohjola’s Daughter, Op. 49 14:32
Symphony No 2 in D major, Op. 43
2 Allegretto 9:42
3 Tempo Andante, ma rubato 14:53
4 Vivacissimo 6:06
5 Finale: Allegro moderato 14:02

London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis, conductor


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