Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5



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4th Jan 2011




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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5


Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63

Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82



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On this second volume of Sibelius Symphonies (Nos. 1 and 3 are available on Naxos 8572305), the acclaimed young Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen interprets two of his compatriot’s most contrasting symphonies.

Symphony No. 4 is a work of ominous brooding and bleak desolation, reflecting Sibelius’s psychological state at the time of its composition. Sibelius commented of his much-revised and expansively heroic Symphony No. 5 ‘It is as if God the Father had thrown down mosaic pieces from heaven’s floor and asked me to put them back as they were.’

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63

I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio

II. Allegro molto vivace

III. Il tempo largo

IV. Allegro

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82

I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato

II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto

III. Allegro molto - Largamente assai

The Guardian

6th January 2011


“Naxos really seems to have struck gold with the young Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen...In many ways, Inkinen is an uncompromisingly direct Sibelius interpreter, willing to trust the composer's wonderful sense of musical architecture and orchestral colour”

Andrew Mellor

24th January 2011

“[In No. 4] the NZSO musters rare tension and foreboding. Inkinen isn’t afraid to let the music’s silences breathe, and he finds a steely clarity – notably in the hand-stopped horns and vibrato-less clarinet – that’s perfect for this eerie musical line-drawing.”

Sunday Telegraph

30th January 2011


“The whole series is powerfully played and directed.”

Gramophone Magazine

March 2011

“Inkinen proves a relatively cool, self-effacing guide, eschewing originality for its own sake in the pursuit of sweet-tempered is the restraint that impresses most...Inkinen makes the music sounds as though it's playing itself.”

Classic FM Magazine

March 2011


“The Fourth has rare tension and foreboding - Inkinen isn't afraid to let the silences breathe and the textures have a steely clarity...The Fifth is structurally impressive; the first movement pivots on the initial 'flight' theme heard on legato trumpets (there's great tension before it and huge release after it) while the moment of ascent in the finale comes off very well.”

International Record Review

March 2011

“these turn out to be impressively personal accounts that move away from the mainstream...It's not that the symphonies are underplayed. In part because of Inkinen's handling of long-range dynamics, there's a gripping sense of expectation in the last movement of the Fourth; and the closing pages of the Fifth ring out with bold authority...The orchestra plays magnificently.”

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