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Sibelius: Complete Symphonies / Karajan, Kamu, Helsinki Philharmonic


Release Date: 07/01/2003 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000048302   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Okko KamuHerbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set collects Herbert von Karajan's renowned DG Sibelius symphony recordings of Nos. 4-7 together with Okko Kamu's less celebrated but no less worthy renditions of Nos. 1-3. The Berlin Philharmonic is the featured ensemble in all of the performances except for the Helsinki Philharmonic's First and Third. Symphony No. 1 projects an electric excitement that carries throughout all four movements, while Kamu's No. 3 emphasizes that work's structural logic and rhythmic impetus. Kamu assumes the helm in Berlin for the Second Symphony, and the players provide him with polished execution and robust sonorities as he leads a performance of refreshing alacrity and spontaneity.


Karajan's darkly objectified Fourth and
Read more monumentalized Fifth, along with his cool and luminous Sixth, are beautifully realized interpretations that have achieved classic status. The Seventh falls slightly short of that standard, as Karajan's tempos tend to be stiff and unyielding, especially in the more urgent and impassioned passages. However, it's the rare Sibelius symphony cycle that gets everything right (Bernstein comes pretty close), and this DG offering, with its marvelous playing and vivid, spacious recorded sound, effectively holds its own against the competition.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Okko Kamu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
2.
Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Okko Kamu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Finland 
3.
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 
4.
Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Finland 
5.
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 
6.
Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Finland 
7.
Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Finland 

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