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Sibelius: Symphonies 1-7 Box set

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Your best shot at The Complete Sibelius Symphonies 24 Nov. 2010
By Bjarne Eriksen - Published on Amazon.com
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I have for decades listend to various recordings of these symphonies. Favorites come and go, but The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, with Saraste at the helm, always comes back with a vengeance. This set is simply the most satisfying rendition in my book. Brisk, but true to Sibelius' score. Superb sonics thanks to the famous Philharmonia Hall in St. Petersburg. Live recordings, as in this case, often add to the sence of authenticity. Sadly, Finlandia Records is history. The recordings can be purchased from another label, but if you can get your hands on this nice box-set from Finlandia, don't think twice. Visually the rereleases are very dull, the sonics I know nothing about.
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Complete Sibelius Symphonies 27 Aug. 2012
By Dr. H. A. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
I don't know about the price of this set when it was first released by Finlandia Records (probably at full-price), but the set I have was re-packaged and issued at budget price by Teldec Records. The set consists of two double CDs containing all 8 Sibelius symphonies - the seven numbered symphonies and the 'Zeroth', Sibelius' first symphonic composition, a choral symphony called the Kullervo Symphony. As another reviewer has commented, the performances by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the depth of sound quality are superb. The soloists in the Kullervo Symphony are Monica Groop (mezzo-soprano) and Jorma Hynninen (baritone). Everyone has their own particular favourite performances. For me, a close 2nd place would go to Paavo Berglund and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - lovely playing and a warm recording acoustic but lacking a little Scandinavian chill that is present in the Saraste set. Berglund was the first to record Kullervo for EMI. The soloists are Raili Kostia (mezzo-soprano) and Usko Viitanen (baritone). But if you love Sibelius as I do, you will not go wrong with either set.
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complete and ambiant 14 Jan. 2006
By Geers - Published on Amazon.com
Comnplete and ambiant recording. The book shows much information, perhaps too much. There is always something for everyone in this recording
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