Described as ‘one of the great new Sibelian teams’ (The Herald), Thomas Søndergård and BBC National Orchestra of Wales continue their shared fascination with the orchestral music of Sibelius. Released one month after BBC NOW celebrates its ninetieth anniversary, this recording includes many of Sibelius’ most famous masterpieces. Sibelius established his credentials early on with the tonally adventurous En saga, which brings to mind the excellence of Berlioz’ orchestral writing. Sibelius’ successful foray into the impressionistic tone world of Debussy resulted in the haunting seascape of The Oceanides. Sibelius wrote it was ‘pure inspiration’ that led to the composition of the perpetually popular Finlandia, with its world-famous hymn motif. The wonderfully descriptive Swan of Tuonela finds Sibelius at his mystical best as he casts the cor anglais as the majestic swan from Finnish mythology. Sibelius: Finlandia is a fitting finale to this Sibelius series which also includes critically acclaimed recordings of four of his symphonies.

"This is a full-throated big hall reading of the Suite which is given a most impressive symphonic impulse. These recordings and readings equate integrity with restraint and warrant being played at a higher than usual volume."
MusicWeb International
"This is a full-throated big hall reading of the Suite which is given a most impressive symphonic impulse. These recordings and readings equate integrity with restraint and warrant being played at a higher than usual volume."
MusicWeb International, 19 June 2018
"... The result, in my opinion, is superb...Søndergård seems to me a natural Sibelian."
Scherzo, 30 November 2018
"Album Choice: ...Linn's Cardiff production conveys every nuance of Sibelius's scoring."
Hi-Fi News, 19 November 2018
"Combining power with subtlety, this 192kHz/24-bit recording of orchestral Sibelius from Thomas Søndergård on Linn has a chilly magic all of its own."
Gramophone, 18 October 2018
"These are performances of immense sensitivity and (where required) dramatic forcefulness – The Oceanides in particular is given one of the most striking readings it has enjoyed in recent years."
CD Choice, 22 June 2018
"...direct, well-paced, nowhere for the players to hide in the upfront detailed recording."
BBC Radio 3 'Record Review', 30 June 2018
"4* - His approach to Sibelius is dry, deliberate, and focused on transparency and the revelation of inner detail, and in realizing these goals, he draws fine playing from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales."
All Music, 24 July 2018
"4* - The opening Nocturne is an absolute gem, serene, evocative, and richly melodic. Søndergård teases out every ounce of quiet passion."
The Scotsman, 26 July 2018
"...this collection of tone poems and incidental music boasts excellent sound, with impressive playing from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales."
The Arts Desk, 28 July 2018
"Performance 5* / Recording 3* - ...this release can hold its own with the best around. Thomas Søndergård's approach conjures a pulsing energy of the kind which seems to well up from within the music itself."
BBC Music Magazine, October 2018