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Sibelius: 7 Symphonies - Vänskä

Sibelius: 7 Symphonies - Vänskä

BIS  BIS-2506 (4 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Sibelius: 7 Symphonies, Kullervo

Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo-soprano
Tommi Hakala, baritone
YL Male Voice Choir
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor


Osmo Vänskä has been described as 'our greatest living Sibelian' (The Sunday Times, UK), a reputation which is founded not least on his two symphony cycles on disc, both released by BIS. The first one was recorded in 1996-97 with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, and firmly established Vänskä as a force to be reckoned with. 14 years later he returned to the studio for a second cycle, now with the Minnesota Orchestra, of which he has been music director since 2003.

The Minnesota recordings were released on three discs during the years 2012 - 2016 to critical acclaim: besides top marks from reviewers around the world, the series garnered distinctions such as Editor's Choice (Gramophone), Orchestral Choice (BBC Music Magazine) and Recording of the month (MusicWeb International). The disc of Symphonies Nos 2 and 5 was included on the New York Timeslist of the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012 and nominated to a Grammy for Best Orchestral Recording, an award which its sequel (Nos 1 & 4) received the following year. Recommended by the German web site Klassik.com upon its release, the final disc, with Symphonies Nos 3, 6 and 7, was recently included on Gramophone's list of 'Top 10 Sibelius recordings'. The three discs have now been gathered into a box set,

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Comment by [Current93] - October 5, 2020 (1 of 3)

I hope BIS will reissue Ronald Brautigam's Mozart complete piano concerti as a 11-disс set.
This Vanska's Sibelius survey was easy to collect as 3 separate discs.

Comment by Ramesh Nair - October 6, 2020 (2 of 3)

Robert von Bahr has just been awarded the Gramophone 'Special Achievement Award'!
A justly deserved accolade, and not just for underwriting the entire Sibelius oeuvre, including unpublished works.
I've lost count of how many Sibelius orchestral discs BIS has already released before this notable Minnesota set.

I should add that BIS is one of the handful ( perhaps only ) label that issues virtually all new releases on SACD.

Comment by breydon_music - October 7, 2020 (3 of 3)

I ceased to read or buy Gramophone many years ago as it slid from erudite journal towards mass market comic. However I can think of no-one in the western world's classical music industry who deserves the cachet and recognition that this will bring more than Robert. May he long continue to plough his very individual and very valuable furrow.