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Sibelius: Complete Symphonies, Etc / Segerstam, Et Al


Release Date: 03/21/2006 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1075   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic OrchestraPolytech Male Choir
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

SPECIALLY PRICED 4 DISC SET


This is as fine a Sibelius cycle as any available, and the performances of Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7, as well as the Violin Concerto, are uniformly top recommendations. All of the individual discs have been previously reviewed, and my only reservations (incidentally not shared by my colleague Victor Carr Jr, who covered the original release) concern Symphonies Nos. 2 and 6, particularly the latter, which strikes me as just a touch lacking in energy and directness. That doesn't mean the playing isn't very beautiful: indeed, it may be excessively so, and that takes some of the Sibelian edge off of the performance. Still,
Read more for the most part these are wonderful interpretations, and if you want a complete Sibelius cycle from top Finnish performers, then this set represents an obvious first choice, alongside Vänskä's very different and equally fine Lahti series on BIS. You simply can't go wrong either way.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Finland 
3.
Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Finland 
4.
Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Finland 
5.
Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915/1919; Finland 
6.
Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Finland 
7.
Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Finland 
8.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,  Polytech Male Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Notes: Composition written: Finland (1899 - 1900). 
9.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto (Violin)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 

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