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Sibelius Panorama / Karajan, Berlin Philarmonic, Kamu, Helsinki Radio Symphony


Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Dg Panorama Catalog #: 469202   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Christian Ferras
Conductor:  Okko KamuHerbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Radio SymphonyBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 32 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

You could do much worse than start your Sibelius collection here. My initiation into Sibelius was with DG cassettes of symphonies 4, 6, 7 and Tapiola (Karajan) so in some ways this was a nostalgic voyage. While Karajan had some misfires his Sibelius was often compelling. For some reason he would not record the First and Second Symphonies. That baton was taken up by Karajan protégé, Okko Kamu, whose Karelia has the requisite freshness and bounce. The same, tragically, cannot be said of the arthritic version of the Second Symphony which, though well recorded and clamantly impressive at times in the finale, is not recommendable. The rest is plain sailing. Karajan's Finlandia is imposing though not as impressive as Horst Stein's Read more classic version on Decca. Valse Triste has all the elegant regret one could ask for. The Swan is magical if missing the enchanted intensity of the Mravinsky live version on BMG. Ferras's Violin Concerto is cleanly projected with just enough vibrato (avoid the Belkin). The 1960s sound remains powerful and subtle. A very fine performance even in the face of the Oistrakh on BMG and the Haendel on HMV. The Fifth Symphony (rec 1965, as are the other Karajan items here) is broad, brooding with latent energy, alive to the winds from the Nordic steppes, brimming with a heroism and passion heard first, in less mature form in the Lemminkainen Legends (a must hear in the Ormandy version on HMV). The brass are simply magnificent: rich, burred, eminent and commanding. One of the great Sibelius recordings.

– Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Karelia Suite, Op. 11 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Okko Kamu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Radio Symphony
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
Length: 15 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: no 3, Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1897; Finland 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Okko Kamu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Finland 
Length: 47 Minutes 15 Secs. 
5.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Length: 9 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Finland (1899 - 1900). 
6.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Christian Ferras (Violin)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
Length: 33 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915/1919; Finland 
Length: 31 Minutes 34 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Karelia Suite, Op.11: 1. Intermezzo (Moderato)
Karelia Suite, Op.11: 2. Ballade (Tempo di menuetto)
Karelia Suite, Op.11: 3. Alla marcia (Moderato)
Valse triste, Op.44
The Swan of Tuonela, Op.22, No.2: Andante molto sostenuto
Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43: 1. Allegretto - Poco allegro - Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo al allegro
Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43: 2. Tempo andante, ma rubato - Andante sostenuto
Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43: 3. Vivacissimo - Lento e suave - Largamente
Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43: 4. Finale (Allegro moderato)
Finlandia, Op.26, No.7: Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Allegro
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47: 1. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47: 2. Adagio di molto
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47: 3. Allegro, ma non tanto
Symphony No.5 In E Flat, Op.82: 1. Tempo molto moderato - Largamente -
Symphony No.5 In E Flat, Op.82: 2. Allegro moderato - Presto
Symphony No.5 In E Flat, Op.82: 3. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
Symphony No.5 In E Flat, Op.82: 4. Allegro molto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 HERE WE GO AGAIN...  September 27, 2014 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "The next installment in Slowpoke Sibelius comes to us from, of all conductors, Okko Kamu---a Finn who really ought to know better. The performance, which I heard on Classical Masterpieces on my TV, was good, but what kept it from being first-rate in my opinion was the overall tempos which came perilously close to what I call adagio con schleppo---with the exception of the faster portions of the scherzo which moved at a good clip. I caught what appeared to be a conflict of pacing between conductor and orchestra---he was holding back, they wanted to move ahead. If only Esa-Pekka Salonen had recorded this work; I would have loved to hear his take on it---but I am eagerly awaiting the disc containing symphonies 1-3 as interpreted by Leonard Bernstein. Well, at least, I got to hear some Sibelius, after several days of nothing but baby music." Report Abuse
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