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On demand: Sibelius' Symphony no. 1

GSOplayRecorded at Gothenburg Concert Hall: Stora Salen, Gothenburg, Sweden

It may seem strange how Russian Jean Sibelius’s First Symphony from 1899 sounds. The introduction’s clarinet solo is so close to something Tchaikovsky could have written, but no one other than Sibelius would have allowed only one quietly sustained drum roll.

Sibelius’s statement that there was much in Tchaikovsky that he recognized in himself is well known, and it is evident both in the very tense continuation of the movement – in the atmosphere that emerges in the andante – and in the feverish finale. On the other hand the scherzo indicates a line from Beethoven to Bruckner.

Recorded for GSOplay 9 March 2018

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© Kaapo Kamu
© Kaapo Kamu
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