This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
Sir Colin Davis commits another Second to disc, and now shows much greater assurance
What Sir Colin Davis has to say about Sibelius’s Second Symphony hasn’t changed in substance since his first recording with the Boston Symphony, but the paragraphs now flow with ever more assured, Wordsworthian cadences – “Grand in itself alone, but in that breach / Through which the homeless voice of waters rose, / That dark deep thoroughfare, had Nature lodged / The Soul, the Imagination of the whole.” The life-and-death struggle of the second movement isRead more underlined by two alternating tempi which Davis has not contrasted so dramatically before, not even in the quicker concert performance in Dresden. Strong rhythmic underpinnings in the Scherzo, the highly contrasted trio and their eventual assimilation into the mighty onrush towards the finale: these all have a distinctively Beethovenian cast. The finale’s jubilations justify their length and splendour, just about, with some generous portamento and care over the recitatives of the central, quieter section.
The LSO are more attentive than their rivals, including their earlier selves, and while some will retain an allergy to the close Barbican acoustic of all LSO Live releases, I am more bothered by the turbocharged brass and occluded balances of the Philips recording and the soggy RCA engineering.
Pohjola’s Daughter is an unusual but logical coupling, having its origins in the same Italian trip that brought the birthpangs of the Second Symphony. The tone-poem only saw the light five years after the symphony, however, and you could see it as the Yin to the finale’s Yang, moving from the interrupted sonata-form processes of the symphony’s first movement into still darker regions of creative despair – the Fourth Symphony looms on the horizon. You can sense this in Davis’s conception, which prizes coherence over local colour; an exceptionally fine Toscanini disc listed above shows how an underrated Sibelian of another age pulled off many of the same tricks in both symphony and tone-poem.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43by Jean Sibelius Conductor:
Sir Colin Davis
London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1901-1902; Finland
Pohjola's daughter, Op. 49by Jean Sibelius Conductor:
Sir Colin Davis
London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1906; Finland
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Symphony no 2 (Sibelius): I. Allegretto...
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Very good Symphony, Terrific Pahojla's Daughter.March 13, 2015By Tony Engleton See All My Reviews"03-12-2015 These "LSO Live" recordings mark yet another Sibelius cycle from Sir Colin Davis and along with the great LSO, we have a splendid CD of some of the composer's best music. The Symphony runs a leisurely 44:43 and the Pahjola's Daughter reading is 14:32 giving us a grand total of 59:17 for the whole disc. A bit skimpy, but of such high quality, I overlooked it and added it to my library, nonetheless. ARTISTIC IMPRESSIONS My love-affair with the Sibelius 2nd began with a Dorati recording from Stockholm on an RV+CA Victrola LP. Remember LPs, L.O.L.!!. I should play it some day as my original LP collection of hundreds of titles are still in fine shape and I still have a good to very good manual turntable and decent cartridge. But, since the technology of the CD is so much easier , I have done what most collectors have done, gradually supplement their vinyl with the compact disk. Better sonics, almost indestructible medium, and cheaper than I ever thought they would become. Hence, reviewing here on Amazon has become a passion with me in my disability/retirement years. It is interesting, consoling and stimulating. AND, not too expensive, after all. This Sibelius 2nd is a winner from every aspect. The reading is quality Davis, the LSO is exquisite, as usual, and a good booklet completes a winning release from London Records. Sir Colin's skill of building this edifice steadily is one of the joys of this rewording and it is a talent he demonstrated back in the 70's with the Bostonians on Philips. This "LSO Live" disc is almost as good as an SACD, and the poem is even airier than the major work, a quality and character necessary in Sibelius and what makes his musical landscape the exciting and often mystical land we visit through his unique music. just another reason why he fills concert halls consistently. Along with the "LSO Live" recordings of the composer's Symphonies 5, 6 and the "Kullervo," on my shelves, I await a lower offer through Amazon for the other members of this Finnish master symphonic offspring, namely numbers 1, 3, 4, and 7. the London catalog is rich with these fine releases, but also can boast a superb set from Blomstedt and San Francisco. These are good times to be a Sibelian!!! Best of wishes and happy listening. A 4.5 star rating and a high recommendation. God bless all, Tony. AMDG!!!!"Report Abuse
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