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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7 [CD]

Jean Sibelius , Petri Sakari , Iceland Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Petri Sakari
  • Composer: Jean Sibelius
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00004YYQQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: I. Allegro molto moderato 9:15Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: II. Allegretto moderato 6:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: III. Poco vivace 3:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: IV. Allegro molto10:41Album Only
Listen  5. The Tempest Suite Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 109, Nos. 2, 3: I. Chorus of the Winds 3:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Tempest Suite Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 109, Nos. 2, 3: II. Intermezzo 2:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Tempest Suite Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 109, Nos. 2, 3: III. Dance of the Nymphs 1:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Tempest Suite Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 109, Nos. 2, 3: IV. Prospero 1:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Tempest Suite Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 109, Nos. 2, 3: V. Song I and II 2:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Tempest Suite Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 109, Nos. 2, 3: VI. Miranda 2:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Tempest Suite Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 109, Nos. 2, 3: VII. The Naiads 1:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Tempest Suite Nos. 1 And 2, Op. 109, Nos. 2, 3: VIII. Dance Episode 2:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 10522:45Album Only

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Here's the concluding instalment in Petri Sakari's Sibelius symphony series for Naxos--and very recommendable it is, too. As before, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra responds to its Finnish chief's clear-headed direction with unstinting enthusiasm and sensitivity. What's more, Sakari's readings are as impressively cogent as they are scrupulously observant, and if his Seventh just misses out on greatness, it remains an extremely likeable proposition, as does his fresh-faced account of the elusive, often other-worldly Sixth. As the outer portions of the latter work reveal, the Icelandic strings are fractionally wanting in corporate security and lustrous sheen, but there is nothing remotely slapdash about their contribution, while the woodwind playing is endearingly characterful throughout. As a rewarding fill-up, Sakari lends admirably alert advocacy to the second suite from Sibelius's extensive incidental score for a 1926 Copenhagen production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Throw in Naxos's excellent production values and useful annotation and it all adds up to a pretty irresistible package for under a fiver. --Andrew Achenbach

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Symphonies n° 6 et n° 7 / Orchestre Symphonique d'Islande, dir. Petri Sakari

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After a three-year break since the recording of Sibelius' fourth and fifth symphonies (a very good effort - seeSibelius: Symphonies Nos 4 & 5), Petri Sakari and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra reconvened in February and March of 2000 and set down what might just be the "best" recordings of symphonies 6 & 7, and a very good Tempest suite # 2.

Sibelius 6 was first performed in 1923 and is perhaps the most difficult of his symphonies to pull off on record. It's cool stuff, is Sibelius 6! Ravishing strings introduce the first theme and here, for once, the Icelanders sound just right - what a difference from their recording of 1 & 3 (seeSibelius: Symphony No1, Op39; Symphony in C No3, Op52! The excellent woodwinds benefit from Sakari's perfect pace, too. It's all exquisite and essential for any Sibelius collection. There is competition, of course, and professional critics highly rate Vanska Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 / Tapiola and Rattle Sibelius: Symphonies 1-7 [Box Set], although I have not heard the former and the latter only twice.

A year later, Sibelius published symphony 7, a disconsolate single movement work. Compared with just a few years before, the Iclander's string section outdo themselves in this symphony, I feel. This is a rather serious and sad work, coming at the tail end of Sibelius' output.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sibelius on Naxos 8 Mar 2007
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This is a very nice coupling of Sibelius' last two Symphonies. Petri Sakari conducts the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in very fine fashion. They play with a heartwarming fervour, especially the woodwinds. The outer movements of No. 6 have plenty of fire. The performance of Sibelius single-movement 7th is no less attractive. Gramophone Magazine gave this recording their monthly Editor's Choice Award. The Penguin Guide gave this 3 stars, which is "an outstanding performance and recording in every way". Also, the French magazine La Monde de la Musique gave it their highest "Special Award CHOC symbol". As if not enough, Naxos throws in a very likable account of the rarely heard Second Suite from Sibelius' 1925 incidental music from The Tempest. At a wonderful low price, Naxos provides an excellent 71-plus minutes from the great Finnish composer. Warmly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Sakari's Sibelius Symphony cycle on Naxos 26 May 2008
By Erik Homenick - Published on
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As far as I'm concerned, Petri Sakari's cycle of Sibelius symphonies on Naxos is, for the most part, a very "middle of the road" affair in terms of interpretation. Sakari's Icelandic forces are by no means without their merits; quite to the contrary; this is a very good orchestra. What is lacking in Sakari's Sibelius symphonies is that something extra to make them stand out against the formidable competition that is available at a budget price or otherwise.

Remember, I said MOST of Sakari's Sibelius symphonies lack that extra ounce of specialness. This disc is the exception. A BIG exception.

This recording is simply ravashing. Both the 6th and 7th symphonies are performed with such freshness and sensitivity that it makes me wonder what prevented Sakari from working the same magic on the other discs. Within both symphonies, there is a forward momentum that seems to be lacking in most recordings of these works (why does everyone have to take them so slowly?) that makes these an edge-of-your-seat experience. The 6th especially is performed with a rare passion that makes what is Sibelius's most elusive symphony an exciting listen as opposed to a simply satisfying one.

And let's not forget Sakari's brilliant Suite No. 2 from THE TEMPEST. Again, there is a certain excitment here that seems to be lacking in other recordings of this rare piece.

Anyone who is a skeptic when it comes to "late Sibelius" should acquire this disc without delay. Of course, anyone who already loves these works should not hesitate in adding these recordings to their collection. As far as Sakari's Sibelius goes, thos one's a real "diamond in the rough."
5.0 out of 5 stars Agree with other two reviews 11 Nov 2012
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This is one of the highlights of the Sakari set. Very nicely played, nothing is overblown. Putting the 7th at the end of the disc was a nice touch.

Other high point of the Sakari discs: Symphony 4 (perfect), coupled with 5 (good).
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