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5.0 out of 5 stars Berglund's best, 12 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Sibelius: Complete Symphonies, Tapiola, Karelia suite, Finlandia, The Bard (Audio CD)
It's great to see this fine set reissued - thanks to EMI. It is arguably the best of Berglund's three cycles recorded in studio. There are also live performances with the LPO and the Concertgebouw which are well worth hearing, though the latter comes in a large, expensive box. I was particularly struck by the sheer quality of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's playing, the equal of any other band in these works, I suggest. A set to put alongside Sir Colin Davis on LSO live. Perhaps EMI will now consider issuing a box of the Shostakovich symphonies AND concertos which Berglund recorded in Bournemouth.
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Initial post: 30 Jan 2013 17:41:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Feb 2013 19:50:10 GMT
Roasted Swan says:
Revd Peter; I agree completely with you regarding this set. Regarding the Shostakovich recordings which are very fine too this set might have slipped through your net; Concertos/Symphonies 5,10 . It includes the Berglund Bournemouth Symphonies 5,10 & 11 plus the 2 piano concertos with Ortiz. So The Cello Concerto No.1 with Tortelier and Symphony 7 'Leningrad' are not there but otherwise its the lot. Symphonies 5 & 10 have been hard to find for ages and are very fine indeed. The "bonuses" are Oistrakh with Maxim Shostakovich in the 1st Violin conc and Sitkovetsky with Davis/BBC SO in No.2 and the excellent Truls Mork with Jansons/LPO in the 2 cello concerti. Excellent value for this 5 CD French EMI set. Here's a link to the full track listings - http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=2452963

EDIT: this is an excellent set however there seems to be a mastering flaw in the first couple of minutes of Symphony 5 - some 'crackle' that sounds like a digital artefact - it soon stops but we are all so super-sensitive in the CD age to an extraneous sound - be warned!

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Revd Peter says:
Nick I have only now caught up with your response. Very helpful; thank you for it. I shall certainly pursue the set. The fact of its being French reminds me of a story told me by someone in the then BBCWSO. I have forgotten the detail but it concerned Bryden (Jack) Thompson trying to rehearse Sibelius 4 with a provincial French orchestra. They were so far from understanding it that he gave up and they apparently played something else.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2013 00:35:56 BDT
Bedinog says:
You'll also find an EMI 'twofer' of the Shostakovich 7/11 presently on Amazon- of course until there is an issue of all the Berglund/Bournemouth recordings it looks like there will be some duplication. The issue I refer to is, however, brilliant; granite-like as only Berglund can be.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2013 22:50:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Apr 2015 17:41:43 BDT
Hi Nick - very useful info - a worthwhile set... except it isn't "the lot" since Symphony 6 is still missing in action on CD and has been since the early CD release of 6 and 11 plus the piano concertos with the buttercups on the cover. That full-price EMI 2CD set is a rarity and I treasure it, because the 6th is one of Berglund's very best Bournemouth records. Bring *ALL* Berglund's Shostakovich back in one package please EMI... Or Warner, or whatever you're called these days. Call me old-fashioned but I preferred His Master's Voice .......

EDIT: the complete Berglund Shostakovich recordings have subsequently appeared in one box. Marvellous.
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