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Sibelius - Historic Recordings / Kajanus, Et Al


Release Date: 07/26/2005 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 27801   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Robert KajanusGeorg Schnéevoigt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraFinnish National Radio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

REVIEWS:

“Extremely well scrubbed-up recordings... Merits high praise. Highly listenable recordings. [The performances of the symphonies] are unsentimental yet generate plenty of atmosphere... Kajanus's Tapiola is even more impressive." – Rob Barnett, MusicWeb

“Worthy of the highest praise: faultless matching of sides and natural sound, a real pleasure to listen to. So we have a recording on CD which once again indicates the essential cultural role of the disc in the preservation of our most precious musical heritage.” – Michel Tibbaut, Radio Belge

“I cannot recommend this CD too highly. Few accounts of the Fifth Symphony are more dramatic.“ – Denby Richards, Musical Opinion

“The
Read more performances [were] endorsed by Sibelius. Thus the recordings are considered by many as being definitive. This issue is of astonishingly high quality, with all trace of surface noise removed... This disc is of genuine historical importance. A fascinating release.” – Arthur Baker, FRMS Bulletin

“These are important documents... Kajanus’s interpretation of the Fifth Symphony is an outstanding achievement. The remastering is excellent.” – Martin Leigh, Classic Record Collector

“[These recordings] positively sing with the spirit of Finland’s wide open spaces.” – Tom Hall, Culture Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Robert Kajanus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915/1919; Finland 
Notes: 06/22/1932 - 06/24/1932 
2.
Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Georg Schnéevoigt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Finland 
Date of Recording: 06/03/1934 
3.
Tapiola, Op. 112 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Robert Kajanus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Finland 
Date of Recording: 06/29/1932 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82: I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82: II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82: III. Allegro molto - Largamente assai
Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: I. Allegro molto moderato
Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: II. Allegretto moderato
Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: III. Poco vivace -
Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: IV. Allegro molto
Tapiola, Op. 112

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