The strings play notes of a scale, from A upwards, in C major or A minor. This is followed by an exciting "shuffling" episode in the double basses. The build-up culminates in an A flat minor triad.
Nuottiesimerkki 42 It is as if lava were forcing itself up towards the earth's crust. The woodwinds play a meditative motif, which ends the "introduction". Nuottiesimerkki 43 The motifs from the strings and woodwinds undergo further development. The adagio phase culminates in two splendid themes. First of all we hear a broad hymn in the strings. Nuottiesimerkki 44 This hymn-like sequence develops further and the atmosphere grows more excited until a sublime build-up takes us towards the important trombone theme, which is heard for the first time.
The idea is not fanciful, given what Sibelius told his son-in-law, the conductor Jussi Jalas, in the s: "The entire seventh symphony has very much in common with antiquity, especially Greece. The trombones are handled like the musical instruments of antiquity. The composer now develops these materials: the string theme, the scale motif of the opening, and figures from the trombone theme.
At the same time the tempo accelerates. We realise that we are in a scherzo episode. Now playful staccato figures in the strings alternate with deeper expressions of passion. Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons. Nelsons directs with his customary zest and watchful sensitivity, while securing uncommonly articulate results from his dedicated band…a memorably alive and intrepidly characterful conception Sibelius: Complete Symphonies. It may sound like faint praise to describe these as 'well-managed' performances, but to shape and steer all Seven Symphonies convincingly is no mean feat.
When it comes to overview and attention View full details Listen to samples. Due for release on 14th Feb Order now and we will deliver it when available. The mythic, raw, and epic scale of the first movement coda eludes him, and the development section lacks confidence. These are not chamber symphonies, but Sibelians should enjoy pretending they are for a time. Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. Mustonen's playing imbues the piano part with great energy and wit.
His initial entry has the insouciance of Prokofiev, and he plays the grand Romantic peroration at the end as if his life depended on it. It's not surprising that he shows such a keen affinity for Hindemith's music: his Decca recording of the normally intractable Ludus Tonalis made even that forbidding piece more than palatable.
Some might object to Mustonen's spiky, pedal-less sonority, and watching him play can be as agonizing as watching Jim Nabors sing; but there's no denying his ability to infuse this work with character--which after all is what the piece is about. The only objection that might be leveled against this Sibelius Third is that the small string section underplays some of the work's sonic grandeur, but there's also no denying that Mustonen draws his performance to scale, emphasizing the neo-classical elements in a reading of swift hyper-clarity that eclipses even Berglund's recent efforts along similar lines.
From the very beginning, with the lower strings emphasizing the repeated four-note figures, you can hear that Mustonen understands how to inflect a line to enlivening effect without breaking it. This is in fact one of those performances that makes the music sound completely new and surprising, but it does so by actually following the score rather than by disfiguring it with "expressive" distortions and manipulations.
Take two examples: Many performances slam on the brakes for the first movement's coda, producing an unwelcome, ponderous solemnity.
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Vienna Staatsoper. Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt. Eduard Lindenberg. Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. South German Radio Symphony Orchestra. Alexander von Pitamic. Munich Symphony Orchestra. San Francisco Symphony. Scottish National Orchestra. Walther Richter. London Pro Musica Symphony Orchestra. Bavarian Radio Symphony. Los Angeles Philharmonic. Franzjosef Maier. Cincinnati Symphony. Academy of St. Evgeny Svetlanov.
Hungarian Philharmonic. Academy of Ancient Music. North German Radio Symphony. Philadelphia Orchestra. Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. London Classical Players. Bratislava CSR Symphony. Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra.Sibelius: Symphony No 3; Hindemith / Mustonen, He with Mustonen, Olli on CD. Order from your preferred classical music CD store - ArkivMusic. Great prices. Best service. Fast delivery.