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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6

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Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82: I. Tempo molto moderato; Allegro moderato
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Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82: II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
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Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82: III. Allegro molto
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Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: I. Allegro molto moderato
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Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: II. Allegro moderato
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Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: III. Poco vivace
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Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: IV. Allegro molto
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Gavin Borchert

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Gavin Borchert is a composer and music critic living in Seattle.

04.22.11
A passionate, natural-sounding performance of a passionate, natural-sounding composer.
2004 | Label: LSO Live / The Orchard

"Passionate yet antisensual" was pianist Glenn Gould's description of Sibelius 'music, and his symphonies do seem to evoke the natural world more than the human. I heard the Symphony No. 5 once at an outdoor concert, just as a storm was coming in; no music more aptly accompanies distant thunder, purpling skies and lighting flashes. Sir Colin Davis 'performances evoke this elemental quality — with a textural clarity that suggests a sort of austere Northern… read more »

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Fantastic Performance, Terrible Grunting

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The performance itself is excellent. However, particularly if you listen with headphones or with speakers that pick-up detail well, Davis's grunting and humming can be extremely intrusive. It can be particularly noticeable in certain softer bits, which is unfortunate. Again, the performance is excellent, but if you listen carefully to every note for every shade of meaning, you may find your concentration broken by Davis.