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Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,261 - Total Helpful Votes: 269 of 313
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 In D Op. 43/En Saga Op. 9 ~ Jean Sibelius
Of the 40 or so recordings that I've hear this is one of the good if not outstanding ones, and I have to say that I get a lot more from Davis (LSO Live), Blomstedt, Vanska in Lahti, Gibson and Berglund (Bournemouth). For me this is mainly a question of atmosphere, and all of the above just sound more idiomatic to me. Karajan certainly sets the symphony ablaze, particularly in the first and last movements, but I am not at all convinced by the playing (believe it or not). There are some technically stunning moments, but there are also moments of rough ensemble and brass fluffs. I was left with the impression of an under-rehearsed recording, which might explain why the orchestra couldn't… Read more
Arnold Bax Symphony in F (realised by Martin Yates&hellip ~ Arnold Bax
15 of 25 people found the following review helpful
The playing and conducting warrant credit, and the sound is fine (a little dry, but nothing seriously wrong with it). But I just lost it there......the sentimentalists (and tho see desperate to spread the Bax word - understandably) will doubtless mark this review as 'unhelpful', but I really don't care.

I am a Bax lover for sure. Really I am. With several Bax recordings in my collection - basically every Orchestral recording that I have been able to find, including a number of versions of each symphony - I have spent a fair amount of time listening to the man's music.

Only a small selection of pieces have disappointed in any way - the tone poem Christmas Eve and the… Read more
Mahler - Symphony No 5 ~ Gustav Mahler
Mahler - Symphony No 5 ~ Gustav Mahler
3.0 out of 5 stars An adequate Mahler 5, 25 Aug 2013
This Mahler 5 is accurately played an and given clinical sound. If that' all that matters, then go for it. Otherwise I would think again. I first heard this performance in 2007 after buying the complete set. At the time I remember enjoying it, but the detail didn't stay with me. Now that I come to listen again I think the reason for my lack of great interest is just that the performance is pretty underwhelming.

The first and second movements are pretty spirited, but It somehow misses the sense of tragedy that you can hear elsewhere. The winds and strings don't inflect the funeral march sections in such a way that ones ear is truly caught. When the more reflective passages come… Read more

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