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Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies - Karelia - Lemminkäinen - Violin Concerto
 
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Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies - Karelia - Lemminkäinen - Violin Concerto

10 May 2011 | Format: MP3

£6.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 10 May 2011
  • Release Date: 10 May 2011
  • Label: Bis
  • Copyright: 2011 Bis
  • Total Length: 7:27:34
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  • ASIN: B004Z4O440
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,610 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T.J.Byford on 10 Jun. 2011
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You look at the price for this download and do a double take. £[] for all the 7 Symphonies, Violin Concerto, the complete Lemminkainen Suite, Karelia Suite, Finlandia, Valse Triste, En Saga, Snofrid, Tapiola and an Overture in E Major?

And then you think that there must be a catch? But, no, there isn't, and you really can get all these for just £][ and, what is more, these are the highly rated Vanska performances that have met critical acclaim as possibly the best overall SET of the Sibelius symphonies. I highlighted "SET" as many, as I, may have individual performances that they prefer, but as a set Vanska is close to the top of the tree, if not at the top.

The sound quality of the recordings is remarkably consistent from work to work and, as has already been mentioned in another review, the bitrate used by Amazon for the transfers is pretty good. The bitrates indicated in Windows Media player run from 204kbps to 337kbps, which indicates that Amazon use variable bitrate encoding using a lower rate in less demanding sections, where it won't be noticed, and increasing this to accommodate, usually, the loudest passages. And it shows in the sound here, which is clear and open with a well defined bass where necessary. The loudest passages are accommodated with ease.

All the performances are first rate, and so are the recordings, but I would draw attention to the balance of Kavakos in the Concerto, in case you are used to a soloist being projected in the foreground. He is placed within the orchestra, but from live concerts I've attended, this actually sounds more natural and, fortunately, he still comes through and is not lost within the orchestra.

All in all, a super bargain. Christmas has come early and I would recommend you download ASAP before Amazon realise their mistake!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Oct. 2011
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At £5.99, if this download turned out to be inferior recordings with a less than good quality orchestra, it would still be worth listening just to discover different ways of playing Sibelius to help you appreciate better ways. I do not usually download, preferring to have the CDs as a fail safe and fall-back but I was looking for a Sibelius set and saw this. The later symphonies and "Finlandia" and the "Karelia Suite" (both of which I heard in school for the first time and have loved ever since) have been favourites for many years and I already had CDs, but I thought I would take the risk with the early symphonies.

It turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made looking for CDs. Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra have produced a wonderful set which turned out to be more than "just" the symphonies. I did not know what to expect and bought this on trust - and a few reviews from Amazon!

Buy it quickly and, if you do not write reviews, start today to help other people.

Highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jasongleefarr on 6 Dec. 2012
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Prior to purchasing this collection of Sibelius,I had only previously heard Finlanda which I enjoyed so thought I would take a punt on hearing some more from this artist. I have listened to all of the songs several times and find them to be some of the most beautiful classical music that I have ever heard. Sibelius has become my most favourite of composers and the quality of the recordings and the beauty of the music is just stunning. For the outlay the music is just worth every single penny and then some not just a bargain but more a bargain of the century.

This album is a great introduction to the music of Sibelius and it will want to make you want to search out more of this composers amazing works. I just love it and have to play at least one cd's worth of his music every day because i find it so inspiring and uplifting. If your new to Sibelius or have listened to just one or two of his works take a punt on this glorious album you will not be disappointed.

Jason leefarr
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nobody TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Dec. 2011
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Everyone else has said it so I shouldn't need to, but this is such a steal! What about the recordings themselves? This set has several things going for it before you hear a note: 1. It's BIS recording and the clarity of their sound engineering is second to none: 2. Vanska, like other Finns, is a Sibelius specialist; and 3. The Lahti Symphony Orchestra are a superb ensemble and their relatively small number of players means that no detail is lost. Admittedly, the bigger works can sound a little thin - e.g. the first two symphonies and En Saga but the series really comes into its own with the later works.

So I expected to like this before I'd heard a single note. Reviews have been great even though the competition is fierce indeed. I own a few and there is much to enjoy in all, but none can claim to be indisputably superior to the others. I'm not sure it's worth even trying to rank them; it's better to appreciate the different qualities each one brings.

This Vanska cycle really is different though. The small orchestral forces and clear sonics make for detailed and, yes even luminous sound: The woodwinds positively glow.

With the cycle as a whole Vanska is also not afraid to take chances with tempo either slowing or quickening in very marked fashion that differ from most of the competition without being out of place. His use of extended held chords / notes at the end certain passages, also sounds like no one else but is highly effective - listen out for this in "Tapiola" for example. He is never afraid to make a pause an extended silence - again try the pause before the dissonant string blizzard near the end of "Tapiola". Taking such risks can go badly wrong but work best here in these later works.
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