Jean Sibelius: Luonnotar, Tapiola, Pelleas och Melisande, etc.
An absolutely unmissable disc!
“… Edward Gardner’s Bergen Philharmonic Tapiola is excellent: expansive and atmospheric … Gardener does bring out the harmonic boldness and sheer strangeness of the work… Luonnotar is wonderfully sung here by Lise Davidsen, her stratospheric soft high notes immaculate. Follow with the text, and you’ll shiver at her “Oh Ukko, supreme god!/Come hither, hear my call,” over Sibelius’s rocking accompaniment. As in Tapiola, Gardner and his players know exactly when to let rip. If you don’t know either piece well, start here. There’s plenty more. It’s good to hear the full Pelléas och Mélisande suite … Spectacular Chandos sound is another bonus …” Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 11 September 2021