Sibelius: Complete Symphonies, Tapiola, Karelia suite, Finlandia, The Bard
 
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Sibelius: Complete Symphonies, Tapiola, Karelia suite, Finlandia, The Bard

7 Jan 2013 | Format: MP3

£9.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 7 Jan 2013
  • Release Date: 7 Jan 2013
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 5:08:24
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  • ASIN: B00AP0WFWG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,244 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By benosaurus rex on 21 Feb 2013
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I ordered this half expecting to end up feeling like a gullible mug (as has sometimes been the case in the past when, swayed by gushing Amazon reviews I've splurged on yet another box set of familiar repertoire.) On the basis of 2, 3, 5 and 6 I already feel I got more than my money's worth - they are terrific in every respect. If the quality holds for 4 and 7, then yes, this truly is the bargain of the year. Everything is right here: transparency and exquisite delicacy in the ensemble passages; perfect timing and huge, gorgeous, enveloping sound in the dramatic climaxes; and those beguiling Sibelius timbres rendered perfectly throughout. The Bournemouth players acquit themselves here with real distinction, and they are not let down by the sound engineers. Sibelius simply doesn't come better than this - at any price.
PS I have now listened to 7: wow, wow and wow. The structural lynchpin of this one-movement work is a glorious hymn-like theme that first emerges, blazing and golden, on solo trombone at 5'17". Berglund handles its two subsequent appearances amazingly, achieving real power and menace at 10'51" (love those dark, rumbling, wave-like chromatic ascents and descents on the cellos and basses!) and a breathtakingly beautiful aural sunrise at 17'47". (The trick in the latter is the clarity and deliberateness with which he builds up, layer by layer, the accompanying repeating six-crotchet figure in the strings until it comes to the fore with searing intensity.) After such extremes, the sense of serene - or should I say exhausted - valedictory repose in the theme's final statement at 20'09" is all the more deeply felt: this has been a real journey. It's the most urgent, dramatic reading of Sibelius 7 I've ever heard, and the Bournemouth players pull it off brilliantly. A must-hear, and one to come back to again and again.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Paul Collier on 1 Feb 2013
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Oh god, I hope I'm not turning into one of those "things were better in my day" type of person. However, this box set has set me thinking. I find the trouble with most recordings of today (not all), Is the striving for beauty of sound above all else which can result in rather bland results. That is not a problem here. Not that the Bournemouth orchestra don't play beautifully here,they do. What matters here is structure and cohesion. Briefly:
Symphony number 1. One of the few recordings of this symphony that look forward to Sibelius's later works rather than back or sideways to the Russian romantic tradition. The scherzo in particular sounds a bit like Janacek in places with beautifully observed dynamics, which is a constant feature in this set.
Symphony number 2. Absolutely thrilling,especially in the development section of the 1st movement where tension can easily drop.
Symphony number 3. Quite simply the best version available of this symphony anywhere. You are left in no doubt that from bar 1 Berglund has his eyes on the final few bars.
Symphony number 4. Again very fine. Listen to the opening cello solo, beautifully played but with the colour drained from it. Some versions make it sound like Brahms.
Symphony number 5. Properly observed dynamic markings especially in the transition between movements 1 and 2 (trumpets only F not FF) and at the very end of the last movement make this one of the best version available.
Symphony number 6. This really elusive work, which has elluded most conductors, receives a lovely performance here.
Symphony number 7. Wonderfully layered performance. again you sense that from bar 1 Berglund has his eye on the symphony's moving conclusion.
Very rich and warm vintage EMI sound. One complaint. How about a 5th disk with Haendel's magnificent performance of the violin concerto along with Pohjola's Daughter. Oh well you can't have everything.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By michael allen on 6 Mar 2014
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On the basis of the reviews i read on Amazon about these recordings ,i bought this set, both the penguin
guide and the Gramophone at the time of the original releases on lp ,did not give unconditional praise to this cycle, i think it is the
best in one way,that is tension, and the sound is fantastic, i have owned the Karajan both dg and EMI ,Davis Boston and LSO, Mazzell , Vanska and a few individual issues,Bernstein included,but this cycle is my desert island set now ,thanks for the feedback from amazon buyers
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Revd Peter on 12 Jan 2013
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It's great to see this fine set reissued - thanks to EMI. It is arguably the best of Berglund's three cycles recorded in studio. There are also live performances with the LPO and the Concertgebouw which are well worth hearing, though the latter comes in a large, expensive box. I was particularly struck by the sheer quality of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's playing, the equal of any other band in these works, I suggest. A set to put alongside Sir Colin Davis on LSO live. Perhaps EMI will now consider issuing a box of the Shostakovich symphonies AND concertos which Berglund recorded in Bournemouth.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Mitchell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Feb 2014
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Five hours of Sibelius, 14 great works including 7 symphonies, a range of approaches to the natural world, one of the world's greatest conductors - Paavo Berglund. There are two movements from the jovial Karelia Suite. There is the melancholy inner grace of one of the Lemminkainen Legends depicting the Swan of Tuonela with lovely cor anglais playing. Then there is the powerful patriotism of Finlandia and two movements from the King Christian Suite. The mighty and magnificent symphonies numbered one and two are given powerful advocacy by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra playing in the fine acoustic of the Southampton Guildhall. Sibelius, money-earning, Valse Triste is revealed in its tender terrible beauty. The third and fouth symphonies are shown in riveting detail. In the tone poem The Bard, antiquity, and folk memory are tended by great solo harp and some reflective string playing. As with Beethoven, the fith and sixth symphonies are appealing for different reasons. No 5 is full throated and filled with tension and crescendos and climaxes. No. 6 is gentle and lyrical and pastoral. Sibelius related it to snow.
Finally there is the fusion of movements into one in a wonderful performance of the 7th Symphony. And relating to the forests of Finland there is the lengthy tone poem - Tapiola. It is a fitting conclusion to a momentous 4 CD box. This is delight.
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