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Sibelius: The Symphonies & Tone Poems (Decca Collectors Edition) Box set


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  • Audio CD (9 April 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B007CW2FFM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,267 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 energicoBoston Symphony Orchestra11:20£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sibelius: Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39 - 2. Andante (ma non troppo lento)Boston Symphony Orchestra 9:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sibelius: Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)Boston Symphony Orchestra 5:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sibelius: Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39 - 4. Finale (Quasi una fantasia)Boston Symphony Orchestra13:11£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sibelius: Finlandia, Op.26Boston Symphony Orchestra 7:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sibelius: Pohjolas Daughter, Op.49Boston Symphony Orchestra14:55£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sibelius: Tapiola, Op.112Boston Symphony Orchestra17:59£2.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43 - 1. Allegretto - Poco allegro - Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo al allegroBoston Symphony Orchestra 9:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43 - 2. Tempo andante, ma rubato - Andante sostenutoBoston Symphony Orchestra14:34£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43 - 3. Vivacissimo - Lento e suave - LargamenteBoston Symphony Orchestra 5:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43 - 4. Finale (Allegro moderato)Boston Symphony Orchestra14:31£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Adagio -Boston Symphony Orchestra10:01£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Vivacissimo - Adagio -Boston Symphony Orchestra 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Allegro molto moderato - Allegro moderato -Boston Symphony Orchestra 3:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Vivace - Presto - Adagio - Largamente molto -Boston Symphony Orchestra 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - AffettuosoBoston Symphony Orchestra 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Sibelius: Symphony No.3 in C, Op.52 - 1. Allegro moderatoBoston Symphony Orchestra10:50£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sibelius: Symphony No.3 in C, Op.52 - 2. Andantino con moto, quasi allegrettoBoston Symphony Orchestra10:18£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sibelius: Symphony No.3 in C, Op.52 - 3. Moderato - Allegro (ma non tanto)Boston Symphony Orchestra 8:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 1. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagioBoston Symphony Orchestra11:03£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 2. Allegro molto vivaceBoston Symphony Orchestra 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 3. Il tempo largoBoston Symphony Orchestra12:52£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 4. AllegroBoston Symphony Orchestra 8:36£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Listen  1. Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E flat, Op.82 - 1. Tempo molto moderato - Largamente - Allegro moderatoBoston Symphony Orchestra15:00£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E flat, Op.82 - 2. Andante mosso, quasi allegrettoBoston Symphony Orchestra 9:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E flat, Op.82 - 3. Allegro moltoBoston Symphony Orchestra 8:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sibelius: Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 - 1. Allegro molto moderatoBoston Symphony Orchestra 7:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sibelius: Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 - 2. Allegretto moderatoBoston Symphony Orchestra 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sibelius: Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 - 3. Poco vivaceBoston Symphony Orchestra 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sibelius: Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 - 4. Allegro moltoBoston Symphony Orchestra 8:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela, Op.22, No.2Boston Symphony Orchestra 9:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sibelius: Valse triste, Op.44Boston Symphony Orchestra 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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Listen  1. Sibelius: En Saga, Op.9Boston Symphony Orchestra17:49£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Op.11 - 1. Intermezzo (Moderato)Boston Symphony Orchestra 4:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Op.11 - 2. Ballade (Tempo di menuetto)Boston Symphony Orchestra 6:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Op.11 - 3. Alla marcia (Moderato)Boston Symphony Orchestra 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47 - 1. Allegro moderatoLondon Symphony Orchestra16:44£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47 - 2. Adagio di moltoLondon Symphony Orchestra10:11£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47 - 3. Allegro, ma non tantoLondon Symphony Orchestra 7:25£0.79  Buy MP3 

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By chris hall on 21 Feb 2013
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This is a seminal set of these works. If you want windswept forestscapes and lakes, then go for Berglund or Segerstam; high drama, Rozhdestvensky; mythic romantic narrative,Barbirolli, Ashkenazy or Ormandy; but if you want to reach deep into the dark heart of the Sibelian imagination, delved into and explored with utter intellectual rigour, uncompromising passionate engagement and a truly revelatory spiritual journey, then these have never been surpassed. Nor are they likely to be, even by Davis himself whose quest to perfect and refine his interpretaion has produced two further cycles with the LSO. Both are utterly superb cycles, but neither have the edge and improvisatory relish of this set, which has a sense of discovery and freshness that the later, perhaps wiser, but less spontaneous readings cannot replicate. Also, the LSO, though masterly, just can't match the fervour and aplomb of the Boston players with their scintillating strings, lucid woodwind and sonorous brass, underpinned by a percussion section whose dynamism is without parallel. As a result, the symphonies emerge with a cogency and compacted energy that even these terse works do not quite possess elsewhere, however idiomatic and exciting those performances may be. Indeed, I would suggest that whatever favourite readings you may possess (and I have many) it essential to supplement them with these truly historic accounts, which receive the best recording of any of the Davis versions.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steve S on 28 Jun 2012
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This 5 cd set deserves its 5 stars - the performances from Sir Colin and the Boston SO are very good indeed. With all 7 symphonies getting superb playing ( I've yet to hear a more powerful final chord in the 7th) plus the best tone poems and a decent violin concerto from Accardo you can't go wrong. A fantastic set of Sibelius works.
The reviewer who gave it one star just because some humouresques are missing is mad - I've never heard them and don't miss them. No need to denigrate the whole set because of some minor inconsiquential omissions. Recommended!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carole on 3 Nov 2013
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This is one of the best Sibelius sets available even though many of the recordings were made some time ago.
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7 of 56 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Baker on 14 April 2012
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Although these are very fine performances especially symphonies 1,3 and 4 most collectors will have them already; so the only incentive to buy this set would have been the inclusion of the humoresques which Accardo recorded at the same time as the violin concerto with Sir colin davis conducting.

It could be that:
1. Philips (now decca)don't know any more what is in their archive.
2.They don't want to be bothered with the expense of transferring them to digital form.
3.The tape is damaged
4.Accardo does not want them issued.

Any combination of the above.

There is plenty of time available in the set as the humoresques took about 22 minutes.

So if you have the recordings already Don't bother, I know of at least three sales Decca have lost due to this ommission.

DJB
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Best Sibelius 4th on disc--beautifully re-mastered! 14 Jun 2012
By Terrance Aldon Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Seldom has there been a more lucid, purposeful performance of Sibelius' 4th symphony, demonstrating such a clear understanding of the spatial aspects of the music, or offering such single-minded elucidation of the composer's stunning long lines; not merely within each individual movement, but carrying through the entire work. The same principals are vividly on display in the other symphonies as well; the grand and groundbreaking 2nd, the spritely 3rd (why isn't this lovely work better know?), the noble, uplifting 5th, the lyrical 6th with it's rare polyphonic opening passage, and the brooding one-movement 7th. All wonderful!

I originally collected this excellent cycle on Philips LPs back in the early 1980s. These were available on CD for many years in the Philips Duo series; but I was not particularly impressed with the quality of the re-mastering, especially as it did not seem to do proper justice to the broad grandeur of Davis' conception or the stunning virtuoisty of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Davis' subsequent recordings of this music with the London Symphony on RCA are magnificent indeed; but even with their excellent digital sound they do not outshine the earlier cycle in any way, and in the case of the 4th Symphony, the BSO rendition still takes the laurel.

Decca's generous, warm remastering of these recordings is absolutely first rate; the sound is powerful, richly detalied and clear, the music as scintilating and delicious as the first time I heard it some thirty years ago.

Amid a dazzling field of worthy competitors, including two complete cycles by Vanska (BIS); Karajan's recently remasterd 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th (DG Originals), Neeme Jarvi's older cycle with the Gothenberg Symphony on BIS, and the classic Barbirolli/Halle Orchestra readings on EMI--even the more mature Davis himself on RCA; this thoughtfully-packaged, attractively-priced set is one to seek out and treasure. Recommended unreservedly.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Fine playing, a Sibelius Standard 20 Jun 2012
By Tero - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Like Berglund with Helsinki Symphony, this is such competent playing I do not need to look for minor faults.

If you buy the box, you get En Saga, Karelia and Pohjola's Daughter extra. The same symphonies are available as two 2CD sets if you just have a few favorites. With those discs you get Finlandia and Violin Concerto etc but not the three mentioned.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Superbly remastered, flawlessly performed classic symphony cycle + tone poems = Bargain of the Decade! 17 April 2014
By Joseph Kline PhD, MD - Published on Amazon.com
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The Davis/BSO cycle of Sibelius symphonies is of the highest caliber with regard to interpretation, performance, and now, sonics (with one exception explained below) with this remastered set. The price makes the box an incredible bargain for a complete set of symphonies.

Davis makes excellent use of dynamic contrasts which enhance these dramatic readings. Tempi insure that the music never drags. There isn't a mediocre performance in the box. Symphony 1 in particular is extremely impressive and receives a superb performance. It includes many elements that Sibelius would develop in later symphonies. Finlandia is not as broadly interpreted as by some other conductors, and loses some of its emotional impact in the softer sections as a result. The finale, however, is awe-inspiring. Symphony 2 is one of my favorites, and it is accorded a magnificent performance.

There is almost always a fly in the ointment and for this album it's the soundstage. Most recordings are engineered such that the stereo image is spreads across the front of the room. Ideally, you should hear an evenly distributed soundfield. In these recordings the vast majority of sound originates from the left and right speaker with far less contribution from points in between. I bring this up because the flaw does make the listing experience less than one would hope for with such superb performances.

This complete set of Sibelius symphonies and tone poems is an exceptional bargain. Davis' interpretations are deservedly highly-regarded and the playing of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is beyond reproach. Even if the soundfield anomaly is an issue for you, Davis' interpretation and the performance of the BSO make these recordings extremely compelling. Highly recommended!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I gotta go with "5 stars" 21 May 2013
By C. Scott Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, this is the same set as the two volumes listed below. However, it has been condensed into one attractive boxed set and seems to be re-mastered also. The sound is spectacular. All I can say is, along with Ashkenazy, Siegerstam and Collins, this set is supremely beautifully performed and recorded. The BSO at it's peak! What great music this is. And if you don't believe that analog is better then most digital recordings listen to this great set. A suitable homage to a great conductor.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Decca Sibelius BSO box 1 Aug 2013
By OBIE - Published on Amazon.com
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A nice midpriced reissue of the late 1970's Sibelius cycle of Colin Davis and the BSO originally released on Phillips.

5 CDs and a thin trilingual booklet with notes and recording info in a slim fold open cardboard box.

The recordings come from the end of the analog era and are good quality analog to digital transfers that allow the historic Symphony Hall to be heard on these recordings from 1975 to 1980.

All 7 Symphonies, six tone Poems and the Karelia Suite are from the BSO and the Violin Concerto is from a 1979 London Symphony Orchestra recording to fill out the set.

If you have the old Phillips versions this will be duplication and a lack of any info on remastering except for a couple disks (the Tone Poems and Violin Concerto not on the Phillips Duo CDs) leave the impression it's the Phillips transfers being used and this release is to shift the download copyrights to Decca's parent company Universal/Vivendi.
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