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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 

Sound Samples

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)
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
Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39: 1. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico
Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39: 2. Andante (ma non troppo lento)
Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39: 3. Scherzo (Allegro)
Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39: 4. Finale (Quasi una fantasia)
Symphony No.3 in C, Op.52: 1. Allegro moderato
Symphony No.3 in C, Op.52: 2. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
Symphony No.3 in C, Op.52: 3. Moderato - Allegro (ma non tanto)
Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63: 1. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio

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