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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 3, 6 & 7 / Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra

Release Date: 09/09/2016 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2006   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  R. Douglas Wright
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Vanska's Sibelius is all about clarity - of rhythm, of texture, of intention. It is zealously unfussy and entirely without exaggeration. But it can stop you in your tracks. One just knows that the ear-pricking clarity throughout these performances is of Vanska's and not the balance engineer's making.

The suddenness of the hush Vanska manages as we enter the "no-man's-land a few pages into the Third changes the way the air moves in the Minnesota Hall. There really isn't much to say about this performance (of the Sixth), it just
Read more feels perfectly balanced - in music as in nature. And the work's evaporating final chord is startling. As for the eleventh-hour resolution into C Major in the Seventh, it is as emphatic as it is precipitous.

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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Finland 
Date of Recording: 05/2015/06/2015 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, USA 
Length: 30 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Finland 
Date of Recording: 05/2015/06/2015 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, USA 
Length: 28 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  R. Douglas Wright (Trombone)
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Finland 
Date of Recording: 05/2015/06/2015 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, USA 
Length: 22 Minutes 33 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Excellent Sibelius October 28, 2017 By Graeme ST CLAIR (Altoona, PA) See All My Reviews "Probably my 3 favourite Sibelius symphonies (well, maybe 4 & 5 too), but #3 was I think the first Sibelius symphony I recorded off the BBC at 16yo, and I saw #6 used as incidental music to a live stage production in London in the late '60's, I think of Muriel Spark's "Ballad of Peckham Rye". As these are part of my "mental furniture", they carry more weight with me perhaps, than with others. But if you want/need this particular combination, you need not hesitate!" Report Abuse
 Brilliant Sibelius February 1, 2017 By Steven G. (Minneapolis, MN) See All My Reviews "As successful as the other discs in this series. The emotional temperature of these performances runs somewhat to the analytic and cool rather than hyper-emotional. There are many valid approaches to JS. These in this vein are as good as they get And the sound and playing are outstanding." Report Abuse
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