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Symphonies 3 & 6 Import

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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music & VI
  • ASIN: B00000E2XM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,897 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Vlad Ashkenazy is a renowned Sibelian. His Sibelius is fresh, dynamic, rebellious, well-poised and utterly well played. Few recordings are so revealing and, at the same time, loaded with Sibelian urge and finnish melancholy. Ashkenazy has very deep understanding for this music and this recording is warmly recommended.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x89841ed0) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x89875624) out of 5 stars Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia's excellent Sibelius cycle 7 July 2014
By Phil (not) in Mågnoliá - Published on Amazon.com
Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra recorded Sibelius's symphonies and tone poem works in the 1970's and 1980's, and they are all excellent performances and highly regarded. I've had this particular disc for many years, and have enjoyed it greatly.

Penguin continues to include these performances as one of their 'recommended' recordings, saying that 'Ashkenazy by temperament brings out the expressive warmth, colour and drama of the composer rather than his Scandinavian chill, reflecting perhaps his Slavonic background", going on to say that the recordings "are full and rich as well as brilliant, most of them still of demonstration quality. A rich and strong, consistently enjoyable cycle". Penguin concludes that they are their top alternative recommendation, following the cycle from Colin Davis (Sir Colin Davis conducts Sibelius - a great bargain to be sure, 7 CD's with all of the symphonic works).

These performances were originally released by Decca on individual CD's such as the one listed here on Amazon. Decca has subsequently, as they are wont to do, re-issued these various performances in a couple of different forms, so anyone interested in these recordings will be well served by also checking the following product listings on Amazon:

Original Decca single-CD releases of Sibelius performances by Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra:

- Sibelius: Symphony 1 / Karelia Suite -- recorded in 1984 (symphony) and 1985 (suite)
- Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 -- recorded in 1979
- Sibelius: Symphonies 3 & 6 -- recorded in 1984 (3) and 1984 (6) (product on this page)
- Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 / Finlandia / Lounnotar -- recorded in 1980
- Sibelius: Symphony No. 5, En Saga -- recorded in 1980 (5) and 1981 (En Saga)
- Sibelius: Symphony No. 7, Tapiola -- recorded in 1982
- Sibelius: Finlandia / Karelia Suite -- containing the same performances of Finlandia, Karelia Suite, Tapiola and En Saga as were included in the above symphony releases

note that all of these above CD's continue to be available on Amazon from third-party sellers, used and sometimes new, and frequently for very attractive prices (as used discs).

Decca re-issued as 2-CD "Decca Doubles", of the above recordings:

- Sibelius: Symphonies 1, 2 & 4 and including Finlandia and Karelia Suite
- Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 3, 5, 6 & 7 and including En Saga and Tapiola

note that these two 2-CD releases together duplicate all of the material originally released in six individual CD's, with the only omission being the tone poem Lounnotar.

Decca also released still another 2-CD package, this time including the orchestral tone poems from the above releases as disc 1, with the second disc including other Sibelius recordings by Horst Stein conducting the L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande:

- Sibelius: 'Finlandia' (suites & symphonic poems) ** (see comments below for the link to this recording)

Finally, Decca has packaged all of the Ashkenazy/Philharmonia recordings together into a 5-CD box set:

- Symphonies / Tone Poems ** (see comments below for the link to this recording)

Depending upon pricing of these various releases, it is possible to obtain the Ashkenazy performances of some or all of the symphonies and tone poems for very reasonable pricing, particularly if willing to consider the used market on Amazon.

These are all excellent recordings and worth serious consideration, along with the Colin Davis box set referred to earlier in this review.

(note: since Amazon limits reviews to include a maximum of 10 links, I've included a comment below this review to provide additional links that could not be incorporated in the main text of the review here)
HASH(0x89edee40) out of 5 stars a fine third 19 Jan. 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
I'm just making the acquaintance of Sibelius's Third Symphony, and an odd creature it is, coming between the heroic Second and the dark and brooding Fourth. It's almost scherzo-like in its overall effect -- each movement has a good part of it that has a scherzo-ish character, and the parts that are "straighter" are thematically connected to the scherzo-ish parts, to create an overall coherence in a symphony that lasts under 30 minutes and exhibits consistent rhythmic drive throughout, sometimes a fast march, sometimes more dance-like. As a whole, the symphony is much lighter, even playful, than the Second and Fourth, and there are moments that sound a bit like the way Mahler puts his themes together, even though the character of the themes isn't Mahlerian. I sense this most in the first part of the final movement (the third), but it then moves to a climax in which the brighter tones of the instruments seem NOT to be being exploited, so the assertiveness comes across as rather comic, which I don't mean as a criticism. Ashkenazy doesn't drive to the climax quite as grippingly as Maazel in his Pittsburgh recording, but the sound is excellent (1983 digital) and the textures clear. It's a distinguished performance. This disc that pairs 3 and 6 might be hard to come by nowadays, but Ashkenazy's Sibelius recordings are quite readily available as Decca Doubles, or in a 5-CD boxed set for under $30.00, and they're all worth hearing.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89fa3294) out of 5 stars Archetypal 3rd 23 Sept. 2013
By George S Cornelius - Published on Amazon.com
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What version of this symphony do I not own? Yet this is the version I keep coming back to again and again. Everything is right: tempos,flow,recording,inspiration,aesthetics,beauty. It sounds like it a breathing, living performance. (Unlike so many "dead" ones we seem to get these days on recordings. On a good system it just sounds thrilling. Don't pass this one up!
Number 6 is fine but not on the same plane.
By Mary L - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful CD, very nice for background music. I play it all the time.
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