James DePreist, conductor Oregon Symphony
Recorded live in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon, September 21-23, 2002
Begun in the spring of 1901, Symphony No. 2 is arguably Sibelius’ most popular symphony. The composition is imbued with a strong nationalistic flavor which when joined with dramatic, emotionally direct lyricism never fails to move and inspire the listener. Symphony No. 7 could not be a more different work. This symphony in one-movement is at once somber and solemn – even hymnlike – and reflects the expression and temperament of a much older composer. These two distinct symphonies make an appealing disc for listeners. Under the baton of Maestro DePreist, the emotive power and touching pathos of Sibelius’ unique blend of structure and beauty come forth beautifully. With excellent liner notes by syndicated radio host Jim Svejda (‘The Record Shelf’), and the exceptional sound quality Delos is known for, this record will not disappoint.
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43*
Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105