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VINE VOICEon 13 March 2015
A superb testament to the great Leonard Bernstein.

Recorded towards the very end of his life (and the projected cycle left incomplete at his death) these are magisterial accounts of these great symphonies (1, 2, 5 & 7). I would recommend them to all.

This is an older-and-wiser Bernstein, living every note and bar, and giving the listener that same undimmed concentration. These are quite vast interpretations (not necessarily in timescale), monumental even, but able to explore the intricacies.

Repeated listening rewards.
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on 29 September 2015
GREAT, we love it and have enormous pleasure in listening to it and watching Bernstein's very individual conducting techniques, also how he is moved by the music.
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on 10 March 2014
Amrican recordings and live Beecham/Halle introcuced me to the world of Sibelius. These symphonies record Sibelius' journey through his conception and development of His Symphony.
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on 19 November 2010
Super set, giving me a whole fresh view and feel about Sibelius symphonies.
My first contact with his music was when serving National Service in the R.A.F.
at Felixstowe,in 1953 where I ran a Music Circle. An early L.P., Anthony Collins
conducting The London Symphony Orchestra--available on CD.
Greatest pity that the whole cycle was not completed by Bernstein, due to his death.
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on 1 November 2015
Not over keen on Bernstein's style of conducting good performances from VPO but why no female performers? Even harpist was a man!
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on 20 December 2013
I am not a trained musician. I have 50 years of listening experience. In my view this is not pure Sibelius. It is Bernstein's very personal, intense, agonised take on Sibelius. This is the Bernstein who so infamously conducted Elgar's "Enigma Variations". Overall, tempi are exaggerated. The slow music is very slow. The fast music is very fast. The second movement of both the 1st and 2nd symphonies is stretched to breaking point. The musical phrases are destroyed. There is no flow, no line. The last movement of the 2nd could be the last movement of Mahler's 3rd, and so on. Thus - approach with caution.
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