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Klaus Makela

Sibelius w/Oslo Philharmonic

Decca Classics
Release Date: April 8, 2022

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1 Symphony No 1 in E minor, Op.39 / i. Andante, ma non troppo – Allegro energico  
2 ii. Andante (ma non troppo lento)  
3 iii. Scherzo: Allegro  
4 iv. Finale: Quasi una fantasia (Andante – Allegro molto)  
5 Symphony No 2 in D major, Op.43/ i. Allegretto  
6 ii. Tempo andante, ma rubato  
7 iii. Vivaccissimo  
8 iv. Finale: Allegro Moderato  
9 Symphony No 3 in C major, Op.52/ i. Allegro Moderato  
10 ii. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto  
11 iii. Moderato – Allegro (ma non tanto)  
12 Symphony No 4 in A minor, Op.63 / i. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio  
13 ii. Allegro molto vivace  
14 iii. Il tempo largo  
15 iv. Allegro  
16 Symphony No 5 in E-flat major, Op.82 / i. Tempo molto moderato – Allegro moderato - Presto  
17 ii. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto  
18 iii. Allegro molto – Un pochettino largamente  
19 Symphony No 6 in D minor, Op.104 / i. Allegro molto moderato  
20 ii. Allegretto moderato  
21 iii. Poco vivace  
22 iv. Allegro molto  
23 Symphony No 7 in C major, Op.105 / i. Adagio -  
24 ii. Un pochettino meno adagio - Vivacissimo – Adagio –  
25 iii. Allegro molto moderato  
26 iv. Vivace – Presto – Adagio  
27 Tapiola, Op.112  
28 3 Late Fragments / i. HUL 1325  
29 ii. HUL 1326/9  
30 iii. HUL 1327/2 (Allegro moderato)  
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On 25 March, Decca Classics will release Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä’s debut album Sibelius, a complete cycle of the Jean Sibelius’s symphonies, plus the tone poem Tapiola and 3 Late Fragments. Mäkelä, who recently became the first conductor to sign to Decca since Riccardo Chailly, directs the Oslo Philharmonic, an orchestra with a deep, historic connection to the music of the Finnish composer. 

The project began as a nine-month exploration of the Sibelius symphonies to mark Mäkelä’s inaugural season with the Oslo Philharmonic as Chief Conductor but, with Covid cancellations, turned into a completely immersive recording project. With the orchestral season disrupted, Mäkelä and the orchestra devoted much of the Spring of 2021 to playing nothing but the music of Sibelius. Says Mäkelä, ‘We played, played, played and then recorded. Sibelius’s music, like that of any composer, is a language you have to learn and the circumstances under which we recorded actually played to our advantage.’

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