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Sibelius: The Symphonies; Tone Poems [Box set]

Neeme Järvi Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Aug 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000SSPL2Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Aug 2011
By Kare
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This set has all of Sibelius's symphonies, and other symphonic works, namely: Luonnotar (with soprano Soile Isokoski), Tapiola, Lemminkäinen suite, Karelia suite, Kung Kristian, Finlandia, Nightride and Sunrise, The Bard, En Saga, and, from Kuolema, Valse Triste, The Crane Scene, Canzonetta and Valse romantique.
The playing is excellent, tempi are well-judged and sound quality faultless. An excellent choice for those new to Sibelius, or those looking for another set.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Introduction to Sibelius 6 Feb 2008
By Johannes Climacus - Published on Amazon.com
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This box contains nearly all of Sibelius's major orchestral music, in superb performances under a noted interpreter of Scandanavian music, in collaboration with a virtuosic ensemble that is thoroughly steeped in the idiom, and vividly recorded. As such it represents remarkable value for a modest investment. Similar sets abound--Berglund/EMI, Barbirolli/EMI, Ashkenazy/Decca, Davis/BMG--but this one, in my estimation, trumps them all.

Järvi knows this music inside out, yet conveys the freshness of new discovery even in such hackneyed works as the Second Symphony, *Finlandia*, and the *Swan of Tuonela*. He has the measure of Sibelius's northern sensibilities, but doesn't overdo the bleakness; on the other hand, there is a forthrightness, even a toughness to his interpretations that well suit a composer who fairly early in his career turned rather decisively from lush romanticism to a more restrained neo-classicism. Thus Järvi resists overplaying the rhetoric in the finale of the Third and the Fifth, while he vividly evokes the chilly landscpes of the Sixth, Seventh and *Tapiola* (whose central "storm" episode is as terrifying as one could wish, even if, at a rather brisk tempo, it doesn't build as inexorably as Karajan's stunning EMI account). I also appreciated Järvi's headstrong but nuanced First and Second, which convey a sense of eager anticipation that make them sound newly-minted.

A generous serving of tone poems and shorter orchestral works, including the *Four Legends* (but regrettably not the *Kullervo Symphony*), benefit from Järvi's crisply articulated rhythms and cleanly delineated textures. *Night Ride and Sunrise* sweeps one along in a whirlwind of passion--yet it is passion under control, and that is exactly right for Sibelius. *Andante Festivo* is as haunting as one could wish. *Luonnatar* is spectacularly well sung, and it's cosmic vision is communicated with extraordinary vividness.

The one relative disappointment for me was Järvi's appropriately introverted but less than involving Fourth Symphony. But my impressions might have been shaped by an abiding admiration for Karajan's and Maazel's more overtly expressive accounts of the score. But even when he is not firing on all cylinders, Järvi is never less than elegant and always atmospheric in Sibelius--and that counts for more than superficial excitement.

So don't hesitate to purchase this set if you're seeking something like a "basic library edition" of Sibelius's important orchestral music. You won't be disappointed. Järvi is more interesting than Davis or Berglund, leaner and meaner than Barbirolli (to be sure), better played and recorded than Sakari (though not by much), far more idiomatic than Ashkenazy's "Slavic" or Karajan's "Prussian" Sibelius (much though I enjoy the results of those misconceptions!).

In short--a best buy, despite the absence of a booklet with annotations.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the best classical box set on Amazon? 20 July 2012
By mbx1 - Published on Amazon.com
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Maybe. As the cd era shows signs of drawing to a close (at least all the pundits seem to say so) the record labels are trying to get as much mileage from their back catalog as possible.

So we're seeing amazing deals on classical box sets from DG, Philips, Decca, Mercury, etc.

I have bought a lot of these box sets, but this is certainly my favorite. I've been a Sibelius fan for 30 years and have owned many recordings of these works. Until now my favorite has always been the Colin Davis cycle on Philips with the Boston Symphony from the mid 1970's.

But this set takes the crown. Wonderful performances, great sonics, this is just a terrific collection. Highest recommendation.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make NO Mistake...This Is One of the BEST! 27 July 2010
By Gregory E. Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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This is truly a top-notch collection of the complete symphonies of Jean Sibelius out there....Jarvi, long-steeped in this music, certainly is one of the TWO best interpreters of these works. The other, of course, is Osmo Vanska, that set, also highly recommended Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies.

Neeme Jarvi knows these works inside-out, and together with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra present truly in-depth performances of these Scandanavian monolithic works. DG gives us great demonstration quality sound, strings with a beautiful sheen, and brass with true bite, paced majestically by the inimitable Jarvi, one of the finest conductors/interpreters to come our way.

I honestly find no weak links here to speak of, but wish for a less introspective Fourth that carries more involvement, more bite if you will. This is not a complaint, really, as the work still holds together.

The other works, filling up the discs, are all first rate, and I must say that I am most pleased to have here included the wonderful "Nightride and Sunrise" op. 55, not usually a presented work, and truly worthy of disc space and certainly your time!

What could I wish for? Well, I wish I had realized that this set was also available in SACD format before ordering it, for only a very few dollars more! What a bargain this set is in SACD...I would urge you to go for that one for the small price difference.

The complaint(s) about no documentation are truly minimalistic here, I believe. These recordings are all first-rate, they are presented at a bargain price, etc., and while I usually do complain about no documentation, in this case, DG is forgiven because of what they are giving us at such a great price. Listen, folks, if you need more information regarding these works and Sibelius, it is easily and readily available on line...take this bargain, and spend a little time looking up what you need to know!

This set is exemplary....you're in for a real treat, believe me!

28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where are the liner notes? 8 Sep 2008
By IMHO - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with the first reviewer, but what is it with DG in not including liner notes in the packaging? This seems to be increasingly the case in classical recordings. At least include a link to an informative website or PDF, etc. While there is a website for this release, the information is scant at best. Yes, I would like a booklet.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well played performance of all seven of Sibelius' symphonies. 24 Jun 2013
By CD Eklund - Published on Amazon.com
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Both performance and recorded sound are excellent. I have like Symphonies numbers 2, 4, 5 and 7 for years. These are beautiful recordings of these, with good thought put into the music. I had never heard numbers 1, 3 and 6. They appears to be performed and recorded just as well, as do the tone peoms, most of which I had never heard.
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