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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 1-7 [Box set]

Wiener Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel, Jean Sibelius Audio CD
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  • Composer: Jean Sibelius
  • Audio CD (5 Nov 1991)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041Z3
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Sibelius: Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39 - 1. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energicoLorin Maazel10:401.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sibelius: Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39 - 2. Andante (ma non troppo lento)Lorin Maazel 8:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sibelius: Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)Lorin Maazel 4:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sibelius: Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39 - 4. Finale (Quasi una fantasia)Lorin Maazel11:471.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 1. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagioLorin Maazel10:111.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 2. Allegro molto vivaceLorin Maazel 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 3. Il tempo largoLorin Maazel 9:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 4. AllegroLorin Maazel 9:140.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43 - 1. Allegretto - Poco allegro - Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo al allegroLorin Maazel 9:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43 - 2. Tempo andante, ma rubato - Andante sostenutoLorin Maazel13:021.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43 - 3. Vivacissimo - Lento e suave - LargamenteLorin Maazel 6:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43 - 4. Finale (Allegro moderato)Lorin Maazel14:131.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sibelius: Symphony No.3 in C, Op.52 - 1. Allegro moderatoLorin Maazel 9:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sibelius: Symphony No.3 in C, Op.52 - 2. Andantino con moto, quasi allegrettoLorin Maazel 8:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sibelius: Symphony No.3 in C, Op.52 - 3. Moderato - Allegro (ma non tanto)Lorin Maazel 8:410.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E flat, Op.82 - 1. Tempo molto moderato - Largamente - Allegro moderatoLorin Maazel11:571.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E flat, Op.82 - 2. Andante mosso, quasi allegrettoLorin Maazel 7:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E flat, Op.82 - 3. Allegro moltoLorin Maazel 8:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sibelius: Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 - 1. Allegro molto moderatoLorin Maazel 8:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sibelius: Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 - 2. Allegretto moderatoLorin Maazel 4:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sibelius: Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 - 3. Poco vivaceLorin Maazel 3:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sibelius: Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 - 4. Allegro moltoLorin Maazel 8:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105Lorin Maazel21:182.59  Buy MP3 


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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UNBEATABLE VALUE 23 April 2002
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The Maazel Sibelius cycle met with deserved critical acclaim when released by Decca between 1963 an 1968 and the remastered CDs do ample justice to the originals. The pick of the bunch are Symphonies 1, 4 & 7. The early E minor Symphony in paricular receives a stunning performance with the Vienna Philharmonic on absolute top form in the work's demonic scherzo. The primeval grandeur of the 4th and 7th Symphonies is also captured in near perfect performances. The only slight disappointment of the series are the old warhorses, Nos. 2 and 5. The playing of the brass and woodwind is often breathtaking, but the magnificent finale of No.2 is not quite expansive enough to be wholly satisfying. And the lack of rubato robs the first movement of No.5 of some of its dramatic impact. But these are minor quibbles. Given the competitive price and the superb engineering (though some might describe the sound quality as a little too clinical), this is a set not to be missed. It would still be worth the money for the 4th Symphony alone, which is undoubtedly one of the great landmarks in symphonic literature.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating Sibelius recordings 3 Feb 2004
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Having bought supposedly “legendary” and “landmark” Sibelius recordings before and been sorely disappointed, I must confess to having misgivings as soon as I’d pressed the ‘order’ button for this set. Would all the praise turn out to be the usual hyperbole? I needn’t have worried…
There’s a real sense of excitement in these recordings and all are full of vitality and character. The Vienna players bring obvious enthusiasm and drive to these wonderful works but there’s great subtlety and a deep understanding of the music too. So much so that just hearing them play the 1st reminded me of the awe I felt when I first discovered Sibelius several years ago, and I don’t think any CDs I’ve bought since my first purchase of these symphonies has had that effect.
I’d agree with most in saying that the highlights are the 4th and 7th – the latter performance really capturing the epic sweep and intense beauty of this masterpiece. In fact is there anything more sublime in all music than the first 10 minutes or so of Sibelius’ 7th (and the remaining 10 minutes are pretty good too)? The 1st and the 5th deserve very high praise as well. The very fast tempos in much of the 6th (beautiful opening section, though) and first movement of the 3rd take a bit of getting used to but these are also rewarding performances.
True, the ‘60s sound is a bit on the bright side, very occasionally even coarse, and the discs are not completely free of muddled playing and even a little questionable intonation, but these are rare blemishes so don’t be put off. You can hardly go wrong at this price anyway, can you?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A revelatory performances! 15 Oct 2012
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Maazel is not a Sibelius specialist, but for that very reason, he is not afraid of taking more freedom in adopting unusual tempi and extreme contrasts. Some might say this is not Sibelius but R.Staruss, but why not? His interpretation is a revelation for me; the intensity of expression, the powerful contrast between the dark and the light, and the deep elegiac undercurrent, masterfully captured by VPO. There's a sense of refreshing spontaneity too in these performances, which is missing in some of more orthodox yet rigid interpretations by those conductors who are obsessed with the composers' markings (symptomatic especially in Britten). It is good that a conductor like Maazel explores other possibilities to present Sibelius' symphonies just like conductors do with Mahler's music.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibelius Symphonies by VPO and Maazel 24 Sep 2004
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I have quite a few recordings of Sibelius Symphonies, and apart from the fifth these VPO/Maazel/Decca ones are my favorites. The reason is simple - no others can match the dark bass sound particularly in the brass. Its probably down to superb recording by Decca, and a wonderful acoustic, but the (then) youthful Maazel deserves credit for going full out on the sibelius climaxes, where many others hold back, and the VPO are also world class. I don't agree with other reviewers who say the details are muddled, and to me Maazel and the VPO get all the details right. Try the fourth in particular; Sibelius fans don't rate it because nobody else has got it spot on, but this version puts it on a par with the other symphonies. OK, some of my friends can detect tape hiss and rough edges on these, but its not enough to matter. As for the fifth, Rattle and the Philharmonia somehow produced a miracle, and there are quite a few other excellent versions. That dark sound also appears in the boxed set of Tchaikovsky symphonies by Maazel/VPO/Decca, and its only Mvrinsky's Pathetique that surpasses them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Reissue 12 May 2012
By The Man from the Ministry TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The sum of Maazel's VPO recordings of the Sibelius symphonies is greater than its parts. His interpretation of the 4th is, arguably, the definitive recording of this work - other performances always sound slightly hesitant by comparison. The 7th is also a majestic, profoundly moving account of Sibelius's late masterpiece.

Maazel's 3rd and 6th (which were coupled on the original LP recordings) have attracted mixed reviews due to the generally faster tempi, but it works. The strength of the scandalously underrated 3rd lies in its relentless drive towards that glorious, final C major chord and Maazel ensures that the feeling of momentum is never lost. The 2nd movement of the third also benefits from Maazel's faster tempi, turning it into a delightful waltz. As for the 6th (my favourite Sibelius symphony), for me, this is also a definitive recording.

Maazel's performances of the 1st and 2nd symphonies are perfectly good - not the best recordings of these works, but by no means the worst. If it wasn't for Maazel's 5th, this might be the best boxed set of the Sibelius symphonies.

It's curious how a conductor who manages to get it so right in the 4th symphony can manage to misjudge the 5th so spectacularly. Karajan had the measure of the work, slowly building up the tension without losing any momentum. Sadly, Maazel's 5th lacks the grandeur and primordial, raw power of Karajan, Rattle and Berglund and he performs the symphony like a man in a hurry.

In conclusion, for slightly more than the price of one CD, you'll get at least two (I'd argue four) definitive performances and only one dud. Maazel's 4th alone makes this a five-star offer.

Perhaps the age of the recordings might put you off, but the sound quality was always impressive on vinyl and these remastered interpretations are even better. If you love Sibelius, this boxed set is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb vintage cycle
The sound holds up pretty well from these vintage Decca recordings and Maazel's magnetic performances of 1, 4 and 7 are very special indeed and I rather like the performance of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bill Glen
4.0 out of 5 stars Lorin Maazel and the Wiener Philharmoniker Sibelius Symphonies
This classic set of the Sibelius symphonies is well-known and, generally, highly-regarded. The first recording (of Symphony 1) was made 50 years ago in 1963, with the others... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. Mark A. Meldon
3.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING
To be fair, Maazel cannot be considered a Sibelius "specialist" so perhaps I should have thought twice before buying. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2011 by Christopher Anthony John
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sibelius on the cheap!
There are other complete sets of Sibelius Symphonies, available new for bargain basement prices and all pretty good, but Maazel does them better than most and the playing is... Read more
Published on 28 May 2011 by Andy H
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful alternative set
These are powerful and impressive performances and are sufficiently distinctive to earn a place in any collection. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2010 by enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compliation
I stubled over this edition by accident; I had heard Sibelius' 2nd symphony and was won over. However I couldn't believe the quality all the way through these 7 works. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2003 by jules
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