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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 4-7 (DG The Originals) [CD]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Jean Sibelius
  • Audio CD (17 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00000J9HE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 1. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagioBerliner Philharmoniker10:01£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 2. Allegro molto vivaceBerliner Philharmoniker 4:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 3. Il tempo largoBerliner Philharmoniker12:00£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 4. AllegroBerliner Philharmoniker 9:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela, Op.22, No.2 - Andante molto sostenutoGerhard Stempnik 7:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sibelius: Symphony No.5 In E Flat, Op.82 - 1. Tempo molto moderato - Largamente -Berliner Philharmoniker 9:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sibelius: Symphony No.5 In E Flat, Op.82 - 2. Allegro moderato - PrestoBerliner Philharmoniker 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sibelius: Symphony No.5 In E Flat, Op.82 - 3. Andante mosso, quasi allegrettoBerliner Philharmoniker 8:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sibelius: Symphony No.5 In E Flat, Op.82 - 4. Allegro moltoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:00£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Sibelius: Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 - 1. Allegro molto moderatoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sibelius: Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 - 2. Allegretto moderatoBerliner Philharmoniker 6:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sibelius: Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 - 3. Poco vivaceBerliner Philharmoniker 3:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sibelius: Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 - 4. Allegro moltoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Adagio -Berliner Philharmoniker10:31£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Vivacissimo - Adagio -Berliner Philharmoniker 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Allegro molto moderato - Allegro moderato -Berliner Philharmoniker 4:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Vivace - Presto - Adagio - Largamente molto -Berliner Philharmoniker 5:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sibelius: Tapiola, Op.112Berliner Philharmoniker20:11£2.59  Buy MP3 


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great symphonies; great performances 18 Feb 2009
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I was heavily into the "Karajan-cult" in the late 1960s/70s,and have only just starting searching out his recordings again. I know many devotees of classical music find the BPO sound under Karajan's control to be too seamless. But here we have a superb set of recordings. Karajan's credentials as an interpreter of Sibelius's music were first-rate. Listen to these and realise why. The 4th receives a strong, at times magical, touch. This performance of the 5th is the best I have heard, possesssing an indefinable 'something' which lifts it above other, more pedestrian, recordings I have. The 'Swan-Hymn' is wonderfully conveyed, and the end of the last movement becomes one of the most life-affirming pieces of music in the canon. Those who typify Karajan as a 'cold' conductor need to experience this overwhelming climax to a great symphony. The same holds true with the 6th; the whole is beautifully conceived, and the 4th movement, in particular, is almost unbearably emotional, especially the last few bars.(One of Sibelius's marks of greatness, I feel, was his genius for finding fresh solutions and responses to the symphonic form.) The 6th is often overlooked; this recording helps establish it as one of the gems in Sibelius's ouevre. The 7th feels a little restrained compared to the other performances in this double-disc set, but nonetheless here receives a strong, satisfying interpretation. Rounded off with Tapiola and The Swan of Tuonela, this set is such a bargain...and what a feast of music lies within. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Karajan at his symphonic best 15 July 2001
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Much maligned for his "beautified" sound (and for many other things) during his 30-odd year rule over the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan nevertheless possessed a unique insight into the music of Jean Sibelius. Even the composer himself is said to have preferred Karajan's performances to those of any other conductor at the time including Sir Thomas Beecham. Whatever may be said of Karajan's arguably malignant influence on the state of the classical music industry and his questionable past during Hitler's Third Reich, he was indeed a great conductor and, to my mind, the finest interpreter of Sibelius there has ever been. This I feel even after hearing the records of Koussevitsky, Kajanus, Beecham and the more recent conductors such as Maazel, Davis, Rattle, Jansons and Blomstedt. Karajan recorded the last four symphonies of Sibelius several times during his lifetime, but these records from the 1960s with the BPO at its peak and a superb DG recording team headed by Otto Gerdes are without doubt the best.
In the Fourth, the BPO strings, so normally beautiful in texture even svelte in some music, are chilling, easily evoking the bleak landscapes depicted in this marvellous music. In fact you feel your there, relegating almost all competition no more than musical postcards. Although Maazel and the VPO on Decca and Sir Colin Davis' LSO recording should be heard.
The fifth is, I feel, the best of the lot, although I know it has its detractors and the competition is stiff. The first movement has tremendous momentum and power, not quite in the same league as Sir Simon Rattle and the Philharmonia, whose first movement is the best I've ever heard but that record is let down by the lack of horn power towards the end of the finale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars no brainer 25 Jun 2011
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This is a no brainer! Five exceptional performances of five major Sibelius masterpieces for a very small price - who couldn't be thrilled at such a bargain? I'm far from being a fully paid up member of the Karajan fan club and would never want to get involved in a silly discussion over which recording of any of these works is "the best" but I can say that if you want a two CD set with the last four Sibelius symphonies and Tapiola (plus a lovely Swan of Tuonela) then Karajan's accounts will be hard to beat. But if, on the other hand, you are - like me - a big Sibelius fan and have many versions of most of these works in your collection already you would still be just plain stupid not to add these wonderful accounts!

Karajan builds powerful accounts out of the wonderful sounds that he and the BPO can make together. So I suppose these are highly refined performances ... but the sounds that Karajan makes in his Sibelius are often terrifying and very wild sounds ... so there is no sense that this is soft or manicured Sibelius. The very opposite is the case. But his approach is not so much to go for thrills rather than to deliver something very impressive and powerful. These awe-inspiring performances may not be the easiest to love but they do certainly hit home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FOR THE FAITHFUL, AND OTHERS 11 Oct 2011
By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Like others in 'The Originals' series, this set has a liner note that tries a bit too hard to sell the product to us. However it contains one remark, intended to be about the conductor, that actually fits the music itself very well (make allowances for its being a translation) 'This sound-scenario, unclouded either by outpourings from the soul or expressionist rumblings, or by sentimental self-portrayal...' As applied to Karajan I'm not sure that even makes sense: as applied to nearly all the music here I'd say it makes excellent sense. My own idea of the last four Sibelius symphonies is like that - meaning absolutely no disparagement of Mahler or Shostakovich, these are pure 'absolute' music and their symphonies are not. I am not visited by images of Finland when I hear them (perhaps because I have never been there). Still less do they feature outpourings from the soul and whatnot as above. They stay within the bounds of pure 'absolute' music, if 'bounds' is the right word, which I doubt. Absolute music is an infinite universe in its own right, and I hear these four symphonies as the successors to the four symphonies of Brahms in revealing what it can achieve.

If that's how I conceptualise them, then obviously that is also how I listen to these performances. In fact I have owned them on LP for a good many years, but I greatly welcome this economically-priced twin-cd set, which has the great Tapiola thrown in as well, and also The Swan of Tuonela in case anyone wants that. There has been some doctoring of the sound in the process, and you can hear it right at the start. The first note in the basses of symphony # 4 is marked fortissimo, sure, but it does not sound like this from Beecham or Berglund, nor indeed from Uncle Herbert himself on vinyl.
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