Jean Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7
Elder and Halle return to Sibelius with a stunning album of orchestral masterworks in exhilarating live symphonic performances.
Following their recent chart topping release of Vaughan Williams (Sea Symphony HLL 7542) Elder and his acclaimed forces present a volume featuring major works from one of the great symphonists and orchestrators.
“These are engaging performances and they certainly gain my seal of approval.” Michael Cookson, musicweb-international.com
"The Halle's new recordings reaffirm its thriving Sibelian tradition, matching Sir Mark Elder's measured, often massive readings with playing excellent even in these predominantly live performances... for me their scale, detail and atmosphere, with the immediacy they draw from the well recorded Bridgewater Hall ambiance, are preferable to more anodyne fare such as John Storgards's, and well worth hearing." BBC Music Magazine
"Mark Elder presides over a strikingly lissom and cogent account of the mighty Fifth. Not only do the Halle respond with commendable poise, commitment and personality, Elder paces proceedings judiciously, his comparatively fleet-of-foot conception evincing a keen thrust and sparky intellect that put me in mind of the second of Rattle's three versions (with the CBSO-EMI, 4/88) and Ole Schmidt's trenchant RPO account (Regis, 1/06)... this CD is worth hearing for the Fifth alone, and anyone following Elder's Sibelius cycle will need no further incentive to purchase." Gramophone