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Symphony No. 4

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With Sibelius’ fourth symphony, we enter historic ground. The symphony has been on the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra’s repertoire for over 100 years, and the orchestra has gained insights from its highest authority: the composer himself. In 1915, he conducted the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra at a performance in the Concert Hall at Heden: “The joy of playing under the personal guidance of the genius composer, and interpreting his rich and interesting compositions, created a great urge in the playing and an animated eagerness to stretch all limits, which also resulted in extremely beautiful achievements.”

This tradition is kept alive with the orchestra’s chief conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali, who with the enigmatic and moving fourth symphony continues his journey through the composer’s seven symphonies. The recordings are issued by French Alpha Classics, whose previous Sibelius editions have been hailed by the international press.

 

Recorded for GSOplay 11 November 2021

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Sibelius Symphony No. 4


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Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor


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