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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute to the late, great, Paavo Berglund., 5 Sep 2012
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Robert Roy (Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sibelius: Symphony No. 5/ 6 (The Swan Of Tuonela) (London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Paavo Berglund) (LPO: LPO-0065) (Audio CD)
I was lucky enough to hear Berglund many times with the SNO in the 70's and 80's and was always struck by the granite-like integrity in his music making. In this day of classical musician as 'celebrity', there was a refreshing feeling that he refused to pander to this nonsense and could, at times, be 'user unfriendly'. (I remember him stopping the SNO at the beginning of a concert to reproach late-comers!)

I have always felt that he had the ability to make a well-worn score yield new facets and this disc shows that in spades. As I put the disc in the machine I wondered if this was going to be yet another routine Sibelius 5 & 6. (There are a few out there!) I needn't have worried. The LPO is obviously gripped by his presence and delivers a blistering performance.

There's no doubt that this is a live performance since there is a little bit of audience noise and the occasional brass fluff but this is vastly preferable to a composer who does not respond to being 'sanitised'.

Enough yacking! Buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *****, 18 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Sibelius: Symphony No. 5/ 6 (The Swan Of Tuonela) (London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Paavo Berglund) (LPO: LPO-0065) (Audio CD)
It's a fantastic CD. I hope it'll be followed by other CDs including the three symphonies no. 1, 3, and 4
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure spring water, 11 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Sibelius: Symphony No. 5/ 6 (The Swan Of Tuonela) (London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Paavo Berglund) (LPO: LPO-0065) (Audio CD)
Sibelius once said that while his contemporaries were offering cocktails of all descriptions, his compositions were of pure spring water. So it is with these performances of his fifth and sixth symphonies, which are more sharply etched and clearly defined than is usual, if they are compared with the more romantic performances (e.g. Karajan, Barbirolli). Thus I have gained new insights into these masterpieces which I have known for many years.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Rendering of Sibelius, 24 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Sibelius: Symphony No. 5/ 6 (The Swan Of Tuonela) (London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Paavo Berglund) (LPO: LPO-0065) (Audio CD)
For any Sibelius fan this is a wonderful version of the 5/6 Symphony and 'The Swan of Tuonela'. The haunting melody of this last work takes you into a far away fantasy.

Highly recommended
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 20 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Sibelius: Symphony No. 5/ 6 (The Swan Of Tuonela) (London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Paavo Berglund) (LPO: LPO-0065) (Audio CD)
very prompt delivery
will use seller again
beautiful music...am enjoying listening in the car,
has prompted me to buy a cd with all of his works on
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