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Sibelius: Finlandia, Valse Triste, Tapiola, Etc / Karajan


Release Date: 09/03/1984 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 413755   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Karajan had an extraordinary affinity for Sibelius’s symphonic poems. Raw power and exquisite finesse are blended in his interpretations in a way that is absolutely arresting, and for this music, utterly appropriate. In Tapiola especially, the conductor’s interpretive gifts stand out; listening to this account one is struck by the realization that the score is “modern” music – its unresolved dissonances, rhythmic haze, and almost motionless abstraction are powerfully apparent. Yet the sense of atmosphere is also quite vivid, and in the “storm” music the performance generates incredible voltage. As they often did, the Berlin brass (and winds, especially clarinets) play slightly out-of-tune in Finlandia, producing a piquancy so distinctive Read more one can identify the recording even over the radio. Taped at a high level, with the strings extremely close-miked, the accounts exhibit the typical “high gloss” effect of mid-1980’s DG digital – the sound is reasonably truthful, but not really good. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Notes: Composition written: Finland (1899 - 1900). 
2.
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 
3.
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 
4.
Tapiola, Op. 112 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Finland 

Sound Samples

Finlandia, Op.26, No.7
The Swan of Tuonela, Op.22, No.2
Valse triste, Op.44
Tapiola, Op.112

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