Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Owain Arwel Hughes
- Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957): Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39:
- 1Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39: I. Andante ma non troppo12:19
- 2Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39: II. Andante09:55
- 3Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39: III. Scherzo05:42
- 4Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39: IV. Finale (Quasi una Fantasia)13:16
- Symphony No.3 in C Major, Op. 52:
- 5Symphony No.3 in C Major, Op. 52: I. Allegro moderato11:32
- 6Symphony No.3 in C Major, Op. 52: II. Andantino con moto (quasi allegretto)10:31
- 7Symphony No.3 in C Major, Op. 52: III. Moderato09:41
Info zu Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3
The first in a cycle of all seven of Sibelius’s symphonies sees the first dating from 1899 coupled with the third from 1907.
No.1, although bound by classical conventions and the influence of Tchaikovsky, displays a remarkable and striking independence of thought.
No.3 shows the composer making the transition from the large-scale symphonic structures of the first two symphonies to the more compact, tightly argued symphonies to follow.
Like the 5th, the C major work is in three movements and the clean, highly individual instrumentation marks it as the first of the symphonies in his mature style.
The sunny brisk nature of the Third belies its importance among the seven symphonies.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Owain Arwel Hughes, conductor
Owain Arwel Hughes
is one of the busiest and most popular British conductors. He has enjoyed great success as assistant conductor of the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and works today with all the major British orchestras In 1995 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, but has continued to work as a guest conductor for European orchestras. In 1992 he made his debut in Japan with the Osaka Symphony Orchestra. Owain Arwel Hughes has wide experience of the symphonic repertoire and of British music in particular, and enjoys great recognition for his interpretations of the great works of choral literature. He has performed many times on TV and has made recordings, including two for EMI which brought him gold records. He has now concluded his series of recordings of all Vagn Holmboe's symphonies with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. In 1986 he launched the Welsh Proms in Cardiff, where, as Artistic Director, he has created a very successful annual event.
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