LPO–0057
© 2011 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2011 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 20 February 2008 (Lutoslawski) and 15 October 2008 (Sibelius)
Total playing time: 70:27
DDD Stereo
Released October 2011
This recording is supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music grant programme.

CD: Saraste conducts Sibelius and Lutoslawski

LPO conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Sibelius Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49
Sibelius Symphony No. 5, Op. 82
Lutosławski Concerto for Orchestra

Jukka-Pekka Saraste conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sibelius himself said that ‘other composers mix cocktails – I offer cold, pure water’. His music undoubtedly evokes the physical and spiritual essence of his native Finland like no other. On this live concert recording from London’s Royal Festival Hall, Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Sibelius’s colourful tone poem Pohjola’s Daughter and the breathtaking Fifth Symphony with its stirring final ‘Swan Hymn’, alongside Lutosławski’s scintillating, folklore-inspired Concerto for Orchestra of 1954.
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Reviews

'This performance is truly excellent, full of natural understanding ... The result is a performance overall which true Sibelian will want to hear – and to applaud ... Lutoslawski’s brilliantly beguiling Concerto for Orchestra is wonderfully well played – a performance of great concentration, energy and sensitivity. A most successful disc.’
Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review, November 2011

'This has to be one of the best recordings around of Sibelius's Fifth. And Lutoslawski's Concerto can never have been more brilliantly played.' ****
Malcom Hayes, Classic FM Magazine, November 2011

‘Saraste is in his element here, clarifying the composer’s bejewelled textural mosaics while driving forwards and generally inspiring the players to give of their very best.’
David Gutman, Gramophone, December 2011

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