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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal set
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...
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1.0 out of 5 stars missing
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...
Published on 14 April 2012 by D. J. Baker


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal set, 21 Feb 2013
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chris hall (Abergavenny, Wales) - See all my reviews
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection, 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent set, 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 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars missing, 14 April 2012
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D. J. Baker "djb" (england) - See all my reviews
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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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