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Sibelius: Symphonies No 1-4 / Paavo Berglund


Release Date: 03/01/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics Double Fforte Catalog #: 964819   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This EMI issue offers absolutely first-class sound with splendid definition and range... On all counts they are impressive. There are [at the time of this writing] five versions of the Fourth Symphony in the CD catalogue and this must surely figure very high among them..."

-- Robert Layton, Gramophone [1/1987, from a review of the original release of the Fourth and Seventh Sibelius Symphonies on EMI (47443)]

"...Impressive performances... Symphony No. 1 begins atmospherically with clarinet playing of much beauty. Mind you, the second violins' entry at the very opening brought me up with a start: it is marked mf but sounds ff! There is a powerful sense of line throughout this movement and an
Read more imaginative handling of the development, though I would have preferred (just before letter H) the poco a poco piu stretto to be a bit more poco a poco. I like the slow movement too, which strikes me as ideally paced, and which has great tenderness and poetic feeling. Again, I thought the quickening of tempo at letter C (un poco meno andante) perhaps a little steep, but Berglund doesn't make too much of the commas in the closing paragraph, which worried me in Simon Rattle's performance (EMI). The scherzo has plenty of fire though and is up to speed—which it isn't with Rattle. There are some slight miscalculations of balance: the woodwind (at 13 before F in the slow movement) marked pp sound more or less f and the flute's intonation towards the end of the theme beginning at letter I of the scherzo is not quite true. But who cares about such small items when everything else is right?... As must be obvious from the above, I have to say the new Berglund is warmly recommended."

-- Robert Layton, Gramophone [1/1988, from a review of the original release of the First and Sixth Sibelius Symphonies on EMI (49052)]
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Date of Recording: 05/1986 
Venue:  Culture House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 36 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Finland 
Date of Recording: 12/1986 
Venue:  Culture House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 39 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Finland 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Culture House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 28 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4. Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Finland 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  All Saints Church, Tooting, England 
Length: 34 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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