Paavo Berglund conducts Sibelius's Symphony No. 1 — With the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

The legendary 1998 cycle of Sibelius's symphonies

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Paavo Berglund — Conductor

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Composed during a particularly dark period in Sibelius’s life—both politically (with tensions mounting between Russia and Finland) and personally (with the tragic loss of a daughter)—his First Symphony surges along on a defiant Romantic sentiment, already imbued with the deeply personal expressionism that would evolve momentously throughout his seven symphonies.

A moment to listen for in… Sibelius’s First Symphony: Is it just us, or (at 20:25) is there a resemblance between David Bowie and Queen’s classic hit "Under Pressure" and the persistent rythmic motif at the beginning of the third movement (Scherzo)?

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Venue: Helsinki Festival (Helsinki, Finland)
Production date: 2022
Recording date: 1998
Duration: 38 min
Production: © Aarno Cronvall and Heikki Lehtonen, under licence to the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Resolution: Full HD