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(featuring the legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski conducting his Symphony Orchestra, in a highly-valuable, Fifties release on the "EMI His Master's Voice" label)
The seven symphonies of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), have been aptly described as peaks in the mountain range of his music ; they extend and explore symphonic form, from the aftermath of slightly-earlier peers such as Tchaikovsky, to the still-undiscovered possibilities of the future.
In listening to Sibelius, one is conscious of two potent influences : First, the awareness and response of the composer, to the landscape of Finland and the changing pageantry of sun, wind, rain and snow, over vast spaces of lakes and forests. The other, is the inspiration which he found in Finnish mythology, particularly the Kalavala.
This First Symphony, in particular, is an epic that expresses - in purely musical terms - a strongly individual affirmation of feeling for the traditional heritage of Sibelius' home-nation.
Side One : Symphony No.1 in E minor Op.39, by Sibelius :-
1) I Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico.
2) II Andante (ma non troppo lento).
Side Two : Symphony No.1 (conclusion) :-
1) III Scherzo (Allegro - Lento (ma non troppo) - Tempo I).
2) IV Finale (Quasi una Fantasia) (Andante - Allegro molto - Andante assai - Allegro molto come prima - Andante (ma non troppo) - Piu largamente poco a poco).
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) EX-/VG+.
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