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Sibelius - Symphony No 2; Tubin - Symphony No 5 Hybrid SACD, SACD


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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Allegretto
  2. Andante, Ma Rubato
  3. Vivacissimo
  4. Allegretto Moderato
  5. Allegro Energico
  6. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante
  7. Allegro Assai

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Jarvi vs Berglund 27 Jun. 2013
By Frank Paris - Published on Amazon.com
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I hate to be a naysayer, but I was profoundly disappointed by this 2001 Jarvi SACD performance and recording compared to the 1976 Berglund CD performance and recording. I don't remember listening to the Jarvi much after I bought it from Amazon in 2007. Apparently it just didn't grab me, but Sibelius has always been one of my favorite composers since I was a little kid of 15 (I'm 71 now), and so it isn't surprising that I bought the Berglund complete Sibelius symphonies reissued earlier this year and listened to it quite a bit the first month I bought it, remembering being very impressed by how much he seemed to have the right feel for these symphonies. But I hadn't listened to any Sibelius in the several months since burying myself in the Berglund.

Then recently I had to upgrade my ancient Onkyo preamp (20 years old) and Crown DC150 power amp (45 years old) because after all these years they were deteriorating (switches and volume control on the Onkyo and power transformer (hum!) on the Crown). I replaced them with the highly regarded but bargain basement prices of the hi-end Emotiva XSP-1 preamp and XPA-200 power amp. I still can't get over the sound improvement of this Emotiva gear compared to my ancient stuff and was still experimenting with celebrated SACD recordings, using a Oppo BDP-93 SACD/Blu-Ray player that I bought a year ago.

So I was rummaging through my large collection of SACDs and stumbled across this Jarvi recording and played it again after all these years, expecting to have a big smile on my face by the clarity of the recording. But I was shocked by how much he slurred the Sibelius, and seemed to be rushing through it as if he couldn't wait to be done with it! It seemed to be missing notes in the fast sections which also seemed to be played furiously. I could hardly believe how unsatisfactory it sounded, and so a few hours later, while the Jarvi was still an unpleasant memory in my mind, I put on the Berglund for comparison, which I so much enjoyed when I got it earlier this year. Every note was crystal clear and the pacing seemed utterly perfect. It seemed to be played much more deliberately than the Jarvi, but when I compared the timing, inexplicably they were almost the same! Try out the comparison yourself and see if you don't agree.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recording 28 Sept. 2011
By Shelly Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
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UPDATE: (Dec 3, 2011) I posted the review below when I first received this disc from Amazon. I have since learned that the noise I heard was caused by my SACD player, not the recording. A firmware update to my player eliminated the noise and I now enjoy this recording immensely. I have revised the star rating and title of my review. My apologies for any confusion this may have caused.

I won't repeat the comments made here and elsewhere regarding the performance. I read them and purchased this disc to add another Sibelius 2nd to my collection. I've re-read all the reviews I could find before I wrote this to make sure that I wasn't forewarned - there is severe low frequency rumble through the entire disc.

I cannot hear it when I listen to this SACD through my headphones or through my reference bookshelf monitors, but in my home theater equipped with full-range powered towers, the rumble is very noticeable and distracting.

I can only assume that none of the other people who reviewed this disc have speakers capable of reaching below 30Hz. If they did, they would surely have commented on the sound. The noise (for those that care), sounds like a large air conditioning system was running near the microphones during the recording. I put my hand gently on the speaker woofer, and even during quiet passages, it was moving and pushing air in a manner consistent with the rumbling sound.

I have tested this again and again with my 2 sound systems and it's definitely not instrumental. This is a very nice recording on my smaller 2-channel stereo system, but do not purchase this recording if you have full-range speakers or a subwoofer.
8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DAVID HURWITZ IS RIGHT---WOW!!!!!! 31 Jan. 2006
By Tony L. Engleton CNMT - Published on Amazon.com
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MR. HURWITZ'S REVIEW ON ARKIV.COM GAVE THIS RECORDING HIGH PRAISE, AND DESERVEDLY SO. JARVI AND HIS CINCINNATI PLAYERS ARE MORE THAN UP TO THE CHALLENGE OF THIS DECEPTIVELY DIFFICULT SYMPHONY. THE SIBELIUS #2 DOESN'T SIMPLY "PLAY ITSELF," AS SOME WOULD THINK. THE COMPOSER WAS A MASTER AT MELODY, TRUE, BUT ALSO THE TANTILIZING TREATMENT OF PART-THEMES AND NEAR DEPARTURES. HE ALMOST BORDERS ON MINIMALISM, AND WE WOULD BECOME FRUSTRATED IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE REWARDING SUN-BREAKS AND OPEN VISTAS. OUR PATIENCE IS QUENCHED WITH MUCH BREADTH AND SCOPE. AN EXCELLENT EFFORT BY A VERY PROMISING YOUNG CONDUCTOR. I STILL, HOWEVER, PREFER THE BSO/DAVIS READING FOR SHEER ROMANTICISM AND MORE RELAXED INTERIOR PACING, BUT THIS IS A SMALL QUIBBLE. THE SOUND IS SOMETHING ELSE!! AN ORCHESTRA IN MY OWN LIVING ROOM!! WITH A PAIR OF KLH SPEAKERS (12" WOOFER/MIDRANGE--5" TWEETERS) I HEARD AN EXPERTLY BALANCED ORCHESTRA, AND THE PERFECTLY PLACED MICROPHONES GAVE ME A TRUE SENSE OF SYMPHONIC DEPTH THAT JOGGED MY MEMORY OF THOSE MANY NIGHTS IN ORCHESTRA HALL, CHICAGO. WHAT A SPLENDID JOB DONE BY ALL, AND I DON'T EVEN HAVE AN SACD CD PLAYER-----YET! RUN, DON'T WALK, TO YOUR NEAREST RECORD STORE OR WEB SITE AND BUY THIS RECORD! I'LL LEAVE MY WINDOW OPEN SO I CAN HEAR YOU SHOUT---"WOW!!!!"
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