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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6
 
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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6

5 April 2005 | Format: MP3

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Song Title
Time
Popularity  
30
1
13:38
30
2
8:08
30
3
9:12
30
4
8:27
30
5
4:50
30
6
3:41
30
7
8:52

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2004
  • Label: LSO Live
  • Copyright: 2004 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd
  • Total Length: 56:48
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001IKTGG0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,640 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Neil Ford on 25 Jun 2004
Format: Audio CD
High voltage Sibelius from Davis and the LSO. The build up to the big climax in the 1st movement of the 5th is electric, the LSO strings digging in as if their lives depended on it. The magical transition thereafter is handled with fleet grace by Davis, and the movement wraps up with more fireworks from the fabulous LSO. The slow movement ticks over and the last movement is as grand and stirring as you could ask for. Where Davis and the LSO score in this performance is in the telling detail, and the bold, sweeping interpretation. This is the finest 5th I've ever heard.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 July 2009
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Sir Colin Davis is renowned for his interpretations of Sibelius. There are powerful performances here in which to revel, but we are not many minutes into this live performance before we hear more than the music. For barely two minutes from the beginning of the fifth we can hear Sir Colin on the podium - it's worse on headphones - but this is, I suppose, par for the course, as anyone who has purchased other LSO Live CDs featuring Sir Colin will know. What is quite unforgivable is that we can hear him even in the first movement's bassoon solo. Overall, though, this is a taut performance of a five-star symphony: the final three minutes still moves me terribly - such sound!

The playing on the sixth symphony is not perfect but is riveting nonetheless: the third movement is very much a forced march, and there is a brisk and forthright approach through the whole work. It is one of those rare symphonies where the woodwind are often to the fore.

This is not the best Sibelius 5 & 6 offering on the market, but it has its strengths. If only Colin would shut up on the podium!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tmoklc on 15 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
Sibelius' fifth symphony demands the utmost attention to detail on the part of the conductor to successfully blend the internal sections of the three movements. Sir Colin and the LSO achieve this with flying colours as the music is beautifully shaped right up to the climax of the finale. The pairing of the sixth symphony with the fifth is fitting as they were conceived alongside each other. The two symphonies differ largely in character however as the sixth is an altogether more restrained affair and often overlooked. This recording revitalises the fifth and highlights the originality of the sixth symphony resulting in a valuable release to be treasured.
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