- The Second Symphony of Sibelius: the most popular symphony!
- Vladimir Ashkenazy has built an extraordinary career as one of the most renowned and revered pianists of our times and other activities such being a inspirational conductor
- Since 1902, The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic has earned a great national and international renommé
- Ashkenazy was appointed Conductor Laureate in 2000 of the Royal Philharmonic
- Recorded (Session & Live) in 2006 & 2007 in The Stockholm Concert Hall (Stockholms Konserthus)
- Hybrid (CD SACD 2ch/5.0ch)
Baron Axel Carpelan, who gave Sibelius' well-known tone poem Finlandia its name, wrote to the composer shortly after its successful premiere, writing, "You have been sitting at home for quite a while, Mr. Sibelius, it is high time for you to travel. You will spend the late autumn and the winter in Italy, a country where one learns cantabile, balance and harmony, plasticity and symmetry of lines, a country where everything is beautiful – even the ugly.” You remember what Italy meant for Tchaikovsky’s development and for Richard Strauss. Although Baron Carpelan was penniless, he raised sufficient funds for Sibelius to stay in a mountain villa near Rapallo, Italy. Here, Sibelius jotted down the first notes to his second symphony.
After more than a year since the first motifs were penned, the second symphony was premiered by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society on 8 March 1902, with the composer conducting. After three sold out performances, Sibelius made some revisions, and the revised version was given its first performance by Armas Järnefelt on 10 November 1903 in Stockholm. Oskar Merikanto, who attended the premiere, exclaimed that the premiere "exceeded even the highest expectations.”
1Symphony No.2 in D major Op.43Allegretto10:21
2Symphony No.2 in D major Op.43Tempo andante, ma rubato14:02
3Symphony No.2 in D major Op.43Vivacissimo06:19
4Symphony No.2 in D major Op.43Finale. Allegro moderato14:00
5Symphonic poem 'Tapiola' Op.11218:47
6'The Swan of Tuonela' Op.22-2 (from Legends 'Lemminkainen Suite')08:45