#SANTTUSIBELIUS: COMPLETE SYMPHONIES & POEMS by SIBELIUS
GOTHENBURG SYMPHONY, SANTTU-MATIAS ROUVALI
VOL 1: SYMPHONY 1 & EN SAGA
Alpha begins a complete cycle of the symphonies by Sibelius alongside some of his symphonic poems with Gothenburg Symphony and its new chief conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
In the great tradition of Finnish conductors, Santtu-Matias Rouvali is known for his extremely physical and organic interpretations: ‘Music unmistakeably flows from him,’ commented The Sunday Times. This was evident when, at a very young age, he stepped in to conduct a concert with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra which began the journey to his first tenure as Chief Conductor with the Tampere Philharmonic; a meteoric rise to a career working at the highest musical level internationally; and a third post as Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.
When Bachtrack asked him how he shapes the orchestral sound, he replied: ‘I sing it, I move my hands the way I want it (…) the conductor should be able to show tempo somewhere in the body (…) I was also a drum kit player, so my feet and hands can do different things at the same time. When you read the score, you sing it in your head (…) I think it’s the sense of inside groove that you get from playing percussion which is very important in Sibelius’s music .’
In the Gothenburg Symphony he finds a prestigious cohort of musicians with an impressive discography, and joins a line of their illustrious musical directors, notably Neeme Järvi, the orchestra’s principal conductor from 1982 to 2004, but also Gustavo Dudamel, who is honorary conductor. From season 2019-2020 Barbara Hannigan and Christoph Eschenbach have been nominated first guest conductors.
#SANTTUSIBELIUS TOUR WITH GOTHENBURG SYMPHONY (Symphonies 2, 5):
31 JAN, 1, 14 FEB Gothenburg
16 FEB Stockholm (Konserthus)
18 FEB Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie)
19 FEB Berlin (Philharmonie)
20 FEB München (Gasteig)
21 FEB Frankfurt (Alte Oper)
24 FEB Cologne ( Philharmonie)
26 FEB Vienna ( Konzerthaus)
27&28 FEB & 1 MAR Salzburg (Felsenreitschule)
Soloists on the tour are Martin Grubinger who premieres a new percussion concerto by Daníel Bjarnason and pianist Alice Sara Ott.
ALPHA 440 (1 CD)
RELEASE DATE: 25th JANUARY 2019
TEASER #1 https://youtu.be/D5ttWc9rrFw