Simon Rattle is one of the most distinguished Sibelius conductors of our time. Consequently, his recording of all the composer's seven symphonies, which he performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2015, attracted all the more attention. Rattle's interpretation is “the profound and balanced result, reflected in every detail, of a long-standing exploration of these masterpieces,” as the Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote, while the Washington Post recognised “an intensity of character ... that no other orchestra can match”. The edition is now being released in a lower-priced new edition on 5 CDs/SACDs which can be played on any CD or SACD player. The edition includes a high quality slipcase and a comprehensive booklet. The new release enables playback with either the best CD sound or – when used as SACD – in high-resolution audio quality and in surround sound.
Sir Simon Rattle Conductor
December 2014 and February 2015