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Tubin - The Symphonies

Composer Eduard Tubin
Performer Bengt Forsberg
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra [Bamberger Symphoniker]
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-1402 CD
EAN 7318591402046
Format CD  –  5 discs
Release date Oct 2002
Total time 331'20

5 CDs for the price of 3

Those who have been following BIS since the relatively early days will remember that Tubin's symphonies caused quite a stir when they first appeared on the BIS label in the then new CD format. Neeme Järvi, who was just establishing himself a worldwide reputation on account of his Sibelius recordings for BIS, was a tireless champion of his fellow-countryman's music. And he persuaded Robert von Bahr to take the enormous risk of issuing the ten symphonies on record. The critics were quick to see the value of this music and one of the discs went on to win a Gramophone award. A wide public became acquainted with a composer of real worth and Estonia – then under Soviet occupation – was placed more firmly on the cultural map of Europe. Eduard Tubin (1905-1982) came to maturity just as Estonia managed to free itself from the shackles of Russian domination in 1918. This freedom was relatively short-lived and in 1944 Tubin fled to Sweden where he spent the rest of his life, though without ever really gaining the recognition in musical Sweden that he deserved. His symphonic legacy on BIS has helped to build him a more lasting reputation. In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the composer's death, which coincides with Neeme Järvi's celebration of 20 years of collaboration with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, BIS is pleased to be able to re-release the symphonies in a convenient box at a discounted price [5 discs priced as 3]. This should enable many of the new generation – who may well have been led to believe that Arvo Pärt is the only major composer that Estonia has produced to date - to catch up on another really significant Estonian composer; one whom BIS has helped to rescue from oblivion.
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Disc 1
  Eduard Tubin
  Symphony No.1 in C minor 32'01
01 I.Adagio - Allegro feroce 13'40
02 II.Allegretto moderato 9'07
03 III.Sostenuto assai quasi largo e poco maestoso 9'14
  Symphony No.5 in B minor 29'54
04 I.Allegro energico 9'45
05 II.Andante 9'16
06 III.Allegro assai 10'53
Disc 2
  Eduard Tubin
  Symphony No.2, ‘The Legendary‘ 31'35
01 I.Légendaire 10'04
02 II.Sostenuto assai, grave e funebre 7'01
03 III.Tempestoso, ma non troppo allegro (quasi toccata) 14'30
  Symphony No.6 31'18
04 I. Andante sostenuto, ma ritmico 8'37
05 II. Molto allegro 10'02
06 III. Festoso 12'39
Disc 3
  Eduard Tubin
  Symphony No.3 in D minor 33'11
01 I. Largo - Energico 12'54
02 II. Molto allegro e tempestoso 8'37
03 III. Largo, maestoso 11'40
  Symphony No.8 28'22
04 I Andante quasi adagio 7'47
05 II. Allegro moderato 7'21
06 III. Allegro vivace 5'39
07 IV. Lento, tenuto e maestoso 7'35
Disc 4
  Eduard Tubin
  Symphony No.4 in A major ‘Sinfonia lirica’ 35'03
01 I. Molto moderato 10'39
02 II. Allegro con anima 7'15
03 III. Andante un poco maestoso 7'57
04 IV. Allegro 9'12
  Symphony No.9 ‘Sinfonia semplice’ 22'11
05 I. Adagio 11'03
06 II. Adagio, lento 11'08
07 Toccata 5'38
Disc 5
  Eduard Tubin
  Symphony No.7 25'24
01 I. Allegro moderato 9'40
02 II. Larghetto 7'09
03 III. Allegro marciale 8'35
04 Symphony No.10 (in one movement) 25'21
  Suite from the ballet ‘Kratt’ (‘The Goblin’) 23'38
05 Peasant - Dance - Dance of the Goblin 4'51
06 Long Dance - Peasant Waltz - Buck Dance 7'01
07 Dance of the Exorcists - The Goat - The Cock - Dance of the Northern Lights 11'46
  Album total 331'20
ComposerTubin, Eduard
OrchestraBamberg Symphony Orchestra
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
ConductorJärvi, Neeme
PianoForsberg, Bengt

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