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Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies, Vol.1
 
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Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies, Vol.1

5 May 1995 | Format: MP3

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5:25
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13:11
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11:02
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4:39
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12:51
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9:42
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5:58
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14:32
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9:03
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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Universal International Music B.V.
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  • Total Length: 2:33:18
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  • ASIN: B003SICXZQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,170 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By John Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Mar 2001
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Four Sibelius Symphonies on a moderately priced double CD must be good value for money. Anyone wishing to amass a full set could do little better than to begin here. One advantage of doing so is that the remaining Symphonies (Nos. 3, 6 & 7) are available on a sister album, generously bundled together with the Violin Concerto, Finlandia, Tapiola and The Swan of Tuonela. But this is the album that contains what are the great man's three most popular (I will not presume to say 'best') symphonies, so it is perhaps the place to begin.
The First and Second Symphonies are 'big' romantic symphonies, having elements in common with, say, Tchaikovsky or Borodin, as well as with the later and more individualistic Sibelius. The Fifth is equally stirring and accessible, but the style has matured appreciably, showing a greater discipline in its construction. There is a seamless inevitability about its progress from the gentle opening to the six widely spaced 'hammer blows' with which it ends. On the way there are examples of other Sibelius trademarks , such as the creation of a world from a single fragment of melody in the second movement and the shimmering muted strings that open the third. If I had to choose a favourite Symphony from this album, it would probably be the Fifth. In between is the Fourth Symphony, less accessible, more of a challenge. It was written at a time when Sibelius was worried about his health, so it is hardly surprising that his preoccupations at the time were predominantly gloomy. (You have to be in the mood for this one!)
The recordings all date from the mid 1970's and have been digitally remastered. They are clear and bright and do not show their age.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Nov 2009
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This Philips Duo set is good value and contains Sir Colin Davis' recordings of symphonies 1,2,4, and 5 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1975-77. The recordings were made in late analogue and sound very fine in this mid-1990s remastering. On headphones, you can hear our illustrious conductor muttering away - this is not a problem to my ears, and he is much quieter than some conductors!

Sir Colin re-recorded many of Sibelius' works in the studio for RCA a decade or so later Sibelius: The 7 Symphonies; Finlandia; Kullervo; etc. [Box Set], and more recently live with the LSO Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1-7; Kullervo (LSO/Colin Davis); I have the former set, but have not yet heard the LSO Live one. So, are these 35-year old recordings redundant? In a word, no!

I think that the performance of symphony 1 from Boston is superior to the RCA recording. The latter sounds rather overweight to me, the former fresher and more alive. It's the other way round for symphony 2, where I feel that the superb sound quality provided by RCA outweighs the rather nondescript Philips recording. Although I don't know the LSO Live performance of symphony 2, I feel that there are better alternatives in the catalogue for this symphony than this (admittedly very good) Boston performance. Try Ashkenazy on Decca/London Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 4; Finlandia; Karelia Suite as an altenative.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By launcelot on 31 Jan 2013
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If you are starting out to look for a complete Sibelius cycle with fine interpretation and good production, this duo disk and its companion Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies Vol 2, nos 3, 6 & 7/Violin Concerto are a good combination choice for value.

Avoid any Colin Davis Sibelius material issued on RCA - those are all indifferent to poor renditions by comparison.
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