Sibelius: Symphonies 1-7

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Label: Berlin Philharmonic Recordings
Catalog: BPHR50073
Format: SACD


In 2015, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius’s birth, Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker presented not only Sibelius’s symphonies live at the Berlin Philharmonie, but also released the cycle in an exclusive edition. The Washington Post labelled the recordings “a vivid portrait of probably the world’s best orchestra at the peak to which its longtime music director has brought it.” Sir Simon Rattle writes of his work with the Berliner Philharmoniker: "This orchestra thinks and responds incredibly quickly, every single musician. They're never standing still. Maybe it's because this city, Berlin, functions that way too. With the Berlin Philharmonic you can be sure that the musicians are giving their all – always. They come to the platform as chamber musicians. And they don't ask 'how' – they ask 'why'. That's why I love working with them.”

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