Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sibelius Sym 4, Colin Davis, SO Bayerischen Rundfunks, 2006

If we are remembered by what beauty we leave behind, Sir Colin Davis, you are unforgettable.
Thank you, Maestro.

Jean Sibelius
Symphony No. 4

Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Runfunks
Sir Colin Davis

?? ?? 2006 performance

My favorite Sibelius Symphony. To repurpose a Billy Collins joint, the sound here “...starts out like a lone traveler heading into a blizzard at midnight, tilting into the wind, one arm shielding his face, the tails of his thin coat flapping behind him.” The late Sir Colin Davis' LSO performances of Sibelius
always took me to places utterly and completely. Here you are: my new top pick for
that work (previously given to the Berliner Philharmoniker under Karajan in their early 80s take).  As Darkling Angel confides, it is an,
"[e]pic, monumental and utterly bleak performance of Sibelius' Fourth from the late Sir Colin Davis and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (no one else could really have got away with a performance like this apart from Davis). I absolutely love it. I didn't write the full date down but remember it to be from 2006. "
It runs minutes longer than his contemporary LSO live official CD performances. As with
these cases, you do not feel the passage of time on way or the other.

Turn it up loud and get all Hafiz on the world:

...God wants to manhandle us,

Lock us inside of a tiny room with


And practice His dropkick.

The Beloved sometimes wants

To do us a great favor:

Hold us upside down

And shake all the nonsense out...



Guillermo said...

林刻盤 said...


bob said...

Yes the 4th is my favourite too, a bit old-fashioned maybe but so powerful. Thanks Guillermo for this, Davis was indeed so great.

dgrb said...

Sorrym but I have to enter a small note of dissent, much as I enjoyed this (and most of Davis's other Sibelius - although I've never found his 1 or 2 especially convincing):

I think, pace Darkling Angel, that he doesn't "get away with it" in the slow movement, which is, frankly, too slow and loses the pulse in a couple of paces.

Otherwise, yes indeed, very dark performance.

Guillermo said...

Thanks for being part of the listening and commenting, folks!
dgrb, I agree. Some spots i went off to rub my imperious husky's belly. I think it happened less so than with other performances, though. That said, the Beep really loves it when I try to listen to a complete Mahler 8th for this reason; I get distracted.
This take had, in remuneration for occasional lapses, some superlative passages which were what made me want to share.

alf alfred said...

thank you, i am enjoy this performance very much. -alfred venison

E Craig said...

Thank you so very much. I really enjoyed this.