Sibelius Symphonies 5 & 6, Tapiola


Catalogue No: DDH 27801
EAN/UPC: 809730780127
Artists: , , ,
Release Date: August 2005
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 72:14

Both conductors on this CD knew Sibelius and their interpretations (in each case the earliest recordings) are considered by many still to be definitive. Kajanus was engaged by The Gramophone Company (HMV) to produce their Sibelius Society sets; however after his death Schneevoigt was brought in to conduct the magnificent Sixth in 1934. The “Finnish National Orchestra” was not a regular ensemble but appears to have consisted of the Helsinki Philharmonic augmented by members of the Finnish Radio Orchestra.

Definitive Interpretations – these conductors were colleagues and friends of the composer
Symphony no. 5 and Tapiola recorded 1932
Symphony no. 6 recorded 1934

Track Listing

    Jean Sibelius:

  1. Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 – I. Molto moderato – allegro moderato (11:39)
  2. Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 – II. Andante mosso (8:13)
  3. Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 – III. Allegro molto (9:15)
  4. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104 – I. Allegro molto moderato (8:09)
  5. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104 – II. Allegretto moderato (5:23)
  6. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104 – III. Poco vivace (2:46)
  7. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104 – IV. Allegro molto (9:19)
  8. Tapiola, Op. 112 (17:26)


Musical Opinion

I cannot recommend this CD too highly. Few accounts of the fifth symphony are more dramatic…

” —Denby Richards
Federation Of Recorded Music Societies Bulletin

the performances [were] endorsed by Sibelius. Thus the recordings are considered by many as being definitive. This issue is of astonishingly high quality, with all trace of surface noise removed… This disc is of genuine historical importance. A fascinating release.

” —Arthur Baker

extremely well scrubbed-up recordings… merits high praise. Highly listenable recordings. [the performances of the symphonies] are unsentimental yet generate plenty of atmosphere… conspiratorial and sweetly pressured tension. Kajanus’s Tapiola is even more impressive

” —Rob Barnett
Classic Record Collector

these are important documents… Kajanus’s interpretation of the Fifth Symphony is an outstanding achievement. The remastering is excellent

” —Martin Leigh
Radio Belge

worthy of the highest praise:  faultless matching of sides and natural sound, a real pleasure to listen to. So we have a recording on CD which once again indicates the essential cultural role of the disc in the preservation of our most precious musical heritage.

” —Michel Tibbaut
The Journal Culture Magazine

[these recordings] positively sing with the spirit of Finland’s wide open spaces

” —Tom Hall