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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 CD

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  • Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Composer: Jean Sibelius
  • Audio CD (6 Oct. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ondine
  • ASIN: B0000D9Y7X
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Have read some off putting reviews about some of this cycle especially of this particular pairing blaming the quirky views of the conductor. I found this disc to be subtly different to others in my collection (avid Sibelius fan) but just as viable as interpretations and certainly more exciting than most others. Segerstam knows what he is doing and of course the Helsinki PO have this music in their blood. Sibelius wrote a great deal of important timpani parts within his symphonies not just as general support but in their own right. If he took the trouble to write them surely we have a right to hear them. In several recordings of the second symphony in particular I have listened in vain to hear the timpani where I know they should be. They have either been lost through orchestral balance issues or just inadequate recording procedures but here they are heard in full splendour ~ not in an obtrusive way but there where they belong. The recording as you can imagine is spot on. If you know the fabulous Vanska/ Lahti recordings these Segerstam recordings make admirable foils.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable performances by Sibelius' orchestra 18 Dec. 2003
By Ed Brickell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Helsinki Philharmonic premiered many of Sibelius' compositions, often conducted by Sibelius itself. How wonderful to listen to this new Sibelius symphony cycle, with Sibelius' orchestra now expertly led by Leif Segerstam! Contrary to what some might imagine with an idiosyncratic conducter like Segerstam, these are not radical reshapings of familiar works, but solidly conceived, vibrant, and masterfully paced performances. The sound, as one might expect from Ondine, is both warm and detailed, even slightly improved over the first installment in this series (Symphonies 1 and 7).
All in all, 76 minutes of prime Sibelius and a definite front-runner for recordings of these masterworks. Give us symphonies 3-5 as soon as possible, please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine installment in Segerstam's cycle 7 Nov. 2007
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's much more economical to buy Leif Segerstam's complete Sibelius cycle in one box, especially used at Amazon Marketplace. But if you are picking them up one at a time, this pairing of Sym. #2 and #6 displays all the brightness, vitality, and unforced joy that one finds throughout. Although I keep reading that Segerstam is an eccentric condcutor, he seems straightforward to me in his general choice of tempo and dynamics. The difference comes in with his deep musicality and commitment to Sibelius.

Sym. #2 is the most popular of the seven symphonies, and frankly there's not much new to say. The ultra-clear sound from Ondine and the alert playing of the Helsinki Phil. woodwinds stand out. Otherwise, Segerstam's reading stands among many other fine ones -- I am partial to Bernstein with the NY Phil. (Sony). The sixth is at the opposite extreme, being the most obscure symphony by far. I can't claim to understand it, but Segerstam leads this music as if it posed no difficulties, which seems like the best way.
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