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Sibelius Edition - Barbirolli [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Jean Sibelius , Sir John Barbirolli , Hallé Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli
  • Composer: Jean Sibelius
  • Audio CD (21 Feb 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00003ZKRM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Finlandia - Symphonic Poem Op. 26 (2000 Digital Remaster)
2. I. Intermezzo
3. II. Ballade
4. III. Alla marcia
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Disc: 2
1. I. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico
2. II. Andante (ma non troppo lento)
3. III. Scherzo (Allegro - Lento (ma non troppo) - Tempo I)
4. IV. Finale: Quasi una fantasia (Andante - Allegro molto)
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Disc: 3
1. I. Allegretto
2. II. Tempo andante, ma rubato
3. III. Vivacissimo
4. IV. Finale (Allegro moderato)
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Disc: 4
1. I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato - Presto
2. II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
3. III. Allegro molto - Un pochettino largamente
4. 1. At the Castle Gate from Pelléas et Mélisande - Incidental music Op. 46 (Suite) (2000 Digital Remaster)
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Disc: 5
1. 1. All' overtura from Scènes historiques I - Suite Op. 25 (2000 Digital Remaster)
2. 1. The Hunt from Scènes historiques II - Suite Op. 66 (2000 Digital Remaster)
3. 2. Scena from Scènes historiques I - Suite Op. 25 (2000 Digital Remaster)
4. 1. The Lover
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This Sibelius edition is a glowing testiment to the Halle Orchestra at the height of its powers under the baton of the masterful Sir John Barbirolli. Now digitally remastered and re- released, it comprehensively covers Sibelius's seven symphonies as well as favourites such as Finlandia, Karelia Suite, Valse triste and Pohjola's Daughter. The power of the brass and precision playing of the woodwind are wondrous to behold and, although there are five lengthy CDs-worth of music to listen to, large portions - such as Finlandia and the second movement of the First Symphony - are incredibly moving, such is the beauty of the performance. There are moments when the intensity does evaporate, most notably in the rather dirge-like Fourth Symphony, but over all this is undoubtedly a classic which deserved the digital brush-up.

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Set Finally On CD 16 Mar 2004
By NNNNN
Format:Audio CD
To many Sibelians Sir John Barbirolli's 1960's cycle of the complete symphonies with the Halle Orchestra is one of the finest ever recorded. Unlike today's conductors who tend to take a "one size fits all" approach to these works,Sir John takes them on as individual works that should not all be played the same. Tempos for example may be broad in some works and brisk in others. Orchestral detail is also finally balanced. Many of Sibelius' subtle woodwind details that many drown out with the strings are here heard in their proper perspective. Foremost though is the sense of atmosphere and drama that is essential in making these symphonies work. Under Barbirolli they are never lacking. The orchestral works which fill out this generous set are equally well done.Although these recordings have been available by EMI's Japanese susidiary for over a decade this is the first release in the US and Europe of the complete recordings. It was a long time coming but it was well worth the wait!
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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MASTER SYMPHONIST 28 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
What can I say? What can I add to the peaens of praise already written??
Except this: I too grew up with Barbirolli's Sibelius. I will never, ever forget 'getting into' the Fifth Symphony for the very first time. This recording could well be the definitive version of this 'granite slab' of music - the word 'symphony' is almost inadequate. It is breathless, rapt, invigorating...alive.
One loves Sibelius - emotionally - for those unmatched moments in his works when your pulse quickens and your heart almost stops beating: the closing bars of both the 1st and 3rd movements of the Fifth Symphony; the bars where, in the achingly personal slow movement of the icy Fourth Symphony, Sibelius finally allows the mournful main theme to thaw out, flow from its imprisonment in the woodwind and then swell out, into the full orchestra - but all too briefly; the breathless sense of rising anticipation that one hears during the busy recapitulation in the opening movement of the Third (said by Sibelius to represent fog rolling in from the English Channel); also the powerful, rousing, climactic ending to the Third's brassy finale; the whole of the sublime Sixth Symphony, which one loves as one loves a shy friend; and the opening of the Seventh, as well as the choral-like ending, with its rapt sense of otherworldiness, that carries its spirit into realms that are beyond mere music. Sibelius fans will know exactly what I mean.
The Seventh Symphony could well rate as the second-greatest musical work of the 20th century. First place: La Mer.
When it comes to Sibelius, Barbirolli is your only man. The Halle Orchestra is the 'instrument' he plays, with utter virtuosity.
A love affair with this composer, this conductor and this orchestra is one that age will never dim.
Vive Sibelius!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sibelius Edition - Barbirolli 22 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
I have long wanted to explore Sir John's interpretations of the Sibelius Symphonies, and here they all are in one box, together with several other orchestral pieces on 5 discs at an amazingly low price. Given that the recordings are now quite old, the digital remastering works fine for me - after all it's the musical interpretations I was after first and foremost.

Barbirolli was certainly his own man when it came to Sibelius (who effusively complimented his performances - as he did with all conductors!), and has strong views on the tempi, which might at first startle those familiar with the works. I found myself holding my breath in thrall at the majestically slow climax to Symphony 2 for example - this being one of my favourite works of all time.

I can thoroughly recommend this set to anyone wanting a quality set of Sibelius at budget price, either as a starter set or to compare against other versions. And the several orchestral pieces included are a bonus - but be gentle with the complex casing, as mine broke as I tried to get at one of the more awkwardly hidden discs!
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this was my most prized lp set 3 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My memory of this recording is that Sir John took the tempi "broad and slow". There is a warmth in the playing that makes Sibelius a spiritual experience for me. The slow movement of the 3rd is what I found most moving. Especially when the movement recaps and the basses are drifting deeply in halfnote triplets.
I had this set on LP when I was a teenager and it was my prized piece in my collection. I've been waiting for this to come out since 1980, and it's been a cruel, gruelling wait.
Other great moments (it's been 21 years so, be lenient on me if you don't agree) are;
trumpet crescendo in the 1st symphony - this was described to me by a Toronto record shop owner (Bruce Certes) as "like Appollo 8 taking off to the moon".
Second Symphony, very meditative slow movement and if the coda in the finale doesn't rise you out of your comfy chair and force you to conduct your stereo, then you don't understand Sibelius!
Third Symphony, never rushed, ever, and this I love. Sir John knows just when to hold a phrase and when to move on. I've yet to hear another acceptable performance of this work.
Fourth... well, when I was a teen I didn't understand the work. I've forgotten how Sir John did it and I'm very anxious to here it now.
Fifth... glorious, just plain glorious.
Sixth... inner woodwinds hidden in the inner movements in your other recordings? They won't be now. Heavenly music.
Seventh... Absolutely gorgeous slow intro. The only quirk on the entire set (for me) is the very, very last note at the end of the symphony. It seems cut short. It's been 20 years since I've seen the score, but could it be a quarter note? If it is, it's a similar interpretive problem as the half note Beethoven used at the very end of the Eroica (for me anyway).
If you love Sibelius, buy it... it's imperative.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate Sibelius from a great conductor
The favourable reviews have summed up the merits of this set. Some of the slow tempi remain controversial but I find that the approach works for and not against the works. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bill Glen
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I haven't listened to Sibelius for many years although my dad used to play his symphonies regularly. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Gareth Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Barbirolli.
Stirs the memories of great Barbirolli performances of yesterday. Surely the greatest Maestro of them all - for me, he could do no wrong!
Published 10 months ago by J. Pearson
4.0 out of 5 stars should be 5 star
the music is superb a great recording a must for any collection i would have given it an extra star had it not for having to buy a new cd case for it which fell apart on opening
Published 23 months ago by Discerning
4.0 out of 5 stars Sibelius Edition-Barbirolli
I was not too sure if I would like this version by Barbirolli,but was very pleasantly surprised,having now played the disc many times. Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by Helen Lore Zetter
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical classic, brought up to date
So far I've only dipped into this treasure chest of five discs and played Disc One. This is just loaded with compositions that I love, and it is a delight from start to finish. Read more
Published on 22 May 2011 by bob foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Sibelius
Bought for my wife who is a Sibelius fanatic!
It also replaces all the mixed recordings we have of these symphonies - some hardly known recordings by hardly known orchestras,... Read more
Published on 1 May 2011 by Mrs. M. Glazebrook
3.0 out of 5 stars For the symphonies - four out of seven
There is much that is good in this set, but there are three things at least to take on board at the outset. Read more
Published on 25 April 2011 by A. W. Macfarlane
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect...
Barbirolli's recordings still are among the best, but there are individual recordings that can be better on for example the 5'th symphony (Karajan with Berlin PO) or Kamu... Read more
Published on 3 April 2011 by O. Blix
5.0 out of 5 stars A Critical Mass for Sibelius
I reviewed Leonard Bernstein's and the New York Symphony Orchestra's complete symphonies because I thought their interpretation of Symphnony No. 5 was the best version. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2010 by Glen1975
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