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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5 CD

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  • Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Yoel Levi
  • Audio CD (18 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc Classical
  • ASIN: B000003CWW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Andante, Ma Non Troppo/Allegro Energico
2. II. Andante (Ma Non Troppo Lento)
3. III. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. IV. Finale (Quasi Una Fantasia/Andante/Allegro Molto)
5. I. Tempo Molto Moderato/Allegro Moderato
6. II. Andante Mosso, Quasi Allegretto
7. III. Allegro Molto/Pochettino Largamente

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Mad Latvian on 3 Oct. 2013
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I bought this disk anticipating it to be a Telarc stormer like most of the hundred or so offerings I have from this company, but I was most disappointed. The performances are no better than workmanlike, strangely lacklustre and distant emotionally, but the much greater problem lies with the recorded sound itself which is distorted and lacking in detail. I have a very high quality hifi system, so the problem is not one of standard of playback. Not really recommended, I'm afraid.
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
just right! 11 Mar. 2003
By ole skipper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sibelius' 5th symphony is not easy to bring off, with its huge contrasts of darkness and light, hushed mystery and blazing triumph. To my ears Yoel Levi does just about everything right and shows a fine understanding of this technically and emotionally complex music, and with superlative sound, this is the most enjoyable 5 I have yet heard. The symphony comes off extremely differently in the hands of some other conductors - compare with Karajan's famous 60s version, for example - but those who like their Sibelius dark, yet glowing, with crystalline air and granite underfoot will enjoy this disc.
The 1st symphony has never stirred me in the quite the same way, but I find it difficult to imagine a finer performance than this.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Cool Customer 17 Jan. 2002
By D. Seymour - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
True, this may not be as ardent as Levi's reading of Sibelius' 2nd Symphony, but lost cause it's not. On the 1st Symphony, Levi stands back giving the orchestra the room to ruminate over the opening movement; a tour-de-force opening. The scherzo is animated with a lightly unbalanced, wandering feel. I will fault Levi during the slower, quiet passages. His back-seat-driver technique sounds at times as if he's nodding off. He regains consciousness for the 5th, but both symphonies do suffer from a dreamy, highly romanticized rendering. The sonics, however, are top notch and the disc can be recommended based on the opening movement of the 1st Symphony alone.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Virtuosic performance. Luscious sound quality. 6 Jan. 2005
By Adam Bigham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This disc won a Special Award -- Choc du Monde de la Musique (France). Symptomatic of the deserved-prestige gained by the Atlanta Symphony and its music director Yoel Levi (1988-2000, now Music Director Emeritus), this recording is not to be overlooked among fine recordings of these Sibelius Symphonies nos. 1 & 5.
5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!! 13 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
OK--the recording by Telarc is as perfect as usual. But the performance of both symphonies here is REALLY weird. Especially the First--which lacks any momentum or suspense of any kind. The highs and lows are extremely even, and the overall pacing is too slow. I don't mind the slow pace so much--but there's no variety as marked in the original manuscript! Even Bernstein didn't take these kind of liberties. Levi just missed it. UNLIKE his Sibelius Symphony 2, which is one of the best recordings and performances of its kind.
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