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The Absolute Sibelius - Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 2

Release Date: 10/09/2007 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1115   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD release forms the final part of Ondine's Sibelius 2007 campaign, paying homage to the foremost icon of Finnish classical music, who died 50 years ago. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, which played Sibelius's music under the composer's baton, and chief conductor Leif Segerstam have unrivaled credentialsin the performance of Sibelius's music.

Starring in the Violin Concerto is young violinist Pekka Kuusisto ("may be the best thing to happen to classical music" - The Guardian, 16 January 2007), who recorded the famous work shortly after winning the Sibelius competition in 1995. His acclaimed first disc on Ondine won The Music Industries Association's 'Annual Award for Excellence' in 1996 and was an
Read more international bestseller (ODE 878-2). The 45-minute Second Symphony is the most popular of Sibelius's symphonies. The present recording was released for the first time in 2003 (ODE 1026-2).


Pekka Kuusisto follows the score explicitly, sporting a tone with a pleasing edge, singing but without resorting to sentimental tricks. Leif Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic perform splendidly, with real understanding and understatement. Although the tempos are slowish, the breadth is backed by a sure rhythmic foundation, breathing authentic Finnish air.
-- The Strad, September 2007, Top Choice
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Works on This Recording

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 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 45 Minutes 45 Secs. 
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 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 33 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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