For Simon Rattle, Jean Sibelius is “one of the most staggeringly original composers that there is”. And indeed, this music has a unique musical language whose many beauties are particularly succinctly conveyed in Sibelius’s seven symphonies. In 2015, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth, Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker presented the cycle live, which was met with unanimous delight by audiences and critics alike. “The Philharmoniker show that with them and Simon Rattle, Sibelius is in excellent hands,” wrote the Berliner Zeitung.
The recording presents the symphonies on 4 CDs, two Blu-ray discs as HD video, in uncompressed audio resolution and DTS surround sound. The extensive product features include a comprehensive booklet and an hour-long video interview.
1 Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc incl. HD Video
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Bonus: Video interview with Sir Simon Rattle
“Rattle has undoubtedly prepared his Berlin Philharmonic to the highest level for this Sibelius project, and the results are rarely less than impressive…Rattle is at his best in the grandeurs of the Fifth's outer movement and the Seventh, which gleams in the superb Philharmonic recording and registers every one of Sibelius's subtle dynamics.” BBC Music Magazine
“I'm not sure I can remember the opening bars of [the Seventh Symphony] feeling quite so remote, evolving rather than beginning, emerging unformed from the substrata of what has gone before. In that, the famed Berlin Philharmonic string basses - sunk too deep to fathom - are the organic foundation of these performances: the point from which the sound begins and ends…the 'illuminated' opening pages of the Sixth are as beautiful as any I know…and it is extraordinary how something so emotionally distanced can sound so moving.” Gramophone