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Simon Rattle’s Berlin Sibelius on disc


To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth, Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker presented a live cycle of Sibelius symphonies, which was met with unanimous delight by audiences and critics alike. These performances are now released on disc.

Simon Rattle has been familiar with the music of Jean Sibelius from childhood. When, as a ten-year-old, he heard the Fifth Symphony live for the first time, it struck him – to use his own words – ‘like a thunderbolt’. The Berliner Philharmoniker can also look back on a long Sibelius tradition and the orchestra was conducted by the composer himself in 1902. Its first complete performance of the seven symphonies took place 2010 under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, with the Third Symphony being performed by the Philharmoniker for the first time. It was only natural to repeat the performance of the cycle in Sibelius’s anniversary year. These recordings were made at the Berlin Philharmonie in
December 2014 and February 2015.

This complete recording presents the symphonies not only on 4 CDs, but also on two Blu-ray discs as HD video, in uncompressed audio resolution and DTS surround sound. The extensive product features include a comprehensive booklet and an hour-long video interview in which Sir Simon Rattle talks about his views on Sibelius and introduces the seven symphonies.

Further information and orders: click here

Source: Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings Shop

Sibelius Exhibition in Berlin

Jean_sibelius 1913

To accompany the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts featuring the complete Sibelius symphonies and Violin Concerto, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, an exhibition is taking place from 28th January until 9th February in the foyer of the Berlin Philharmonie. The exhibition, named JEAN SIBELIUS – die Musik, der Künstler, der Mensch (Jean Sibelius – the music, the artist, the man) has been prepared by the Finnland-Institut in Berlin.

Opening times: Mon– Fri, 15.00–18.00, Sat/Sun 11.00–14.00 and together with concerts in the Philharmonie

Source: Berliner Philharmoniker

Sibelius Medal for Sir Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle

Photo: © Monika Rittershaus / Pressestelle der Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker / 2009070810025831. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Congratulations to Sir Simon Rattle, who has been awarded the Sibelius Medal of the Sibelius Society of Finland.

The medal was presented by the Finnish Ambassador to Germany before a concert in the Berlin Philharmonie in which Sir Simon Rattle was conducting the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra in Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos 5, 6 and 7.

Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will visit London in February 2015 to perform all seven Sibelius symphonies.

An extended interview featuring Sir Simon Rattle in conversation with the Finnish author and journalist Vesa Sirén can be viewed at the Helsingin Sanomat website: click here.