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Sibelius: Finlandia, Karelia Suite, Etc / Rosbaud, Berlin Po


Release Date: 01/02/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447453   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Every time I hear this performance I succumb completely to its spell.

Karajan was not the only German champion of Sibelius in the post-war years, though he was the most influential. Hans Rosbaud also broke a lance for him at a time when his music was cold-shouldered in Germany. Not long before his death in 1962 Rosbaud made guest appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and insisted on including the Fourth Symphony in his programmes. At this time he was very much identified with contemporary music. Not only had he conducted the premiere of Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron but also the Second Piano Concerto of Bartok with the composer as soloist, and after the war he was active in espousing the cause of Boulez and
Read more Stockhausen. However, this CD collects the Sibelius recordings Rosbaud made with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra during the 1950s, none of which has ever been reissued since.

Deryck Cooke spoke of Rosbaud’s Tapiola with enthusiasm: “Although he lacks Karajan’s ultra-sensitivity to beauty of sound, he has all his drama and precision, and does not make the fatal error of jamming on the brakes after the final climax; moreover the intensity of the final pages is something to marvel at”. In its evocation of the terrors of the forest it has few rivals and can stand alongside the great Tapiolas of Koussevitzky, Beecham, Karajan and Kajanus. Every time I hear this performance I succumb completely to its spell.

The more popular Sibelius pieces also come off very well and, pace Deryck Cooke, I thought The Swan of Tuonela had no want of atmosphere or subtlety. In any event, Rosbaud’s Tapiola makes this issue a must for all Sibelians, and DG deserve our thanks for making it available again.

-- Robert Layton, Gramophone [8/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1. Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Date of Recording: 11/1954 
Venue:  Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Finland (1899 - 1900). 
2. Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
Date of Recording: 11/1954 
Venue:  Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3. Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: no 3, Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1897; Finland 
Date of Recording: 11/1954 
Venue:  Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4. Karelia Suite, Op. 11 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
Date of Recording: 03/1957 
Venue:  Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5. Tapiola, Op. 112 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Finland 
Date of Recording: 03/1957 
Venue:  Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6. Scènes historiques no 1, Op. 25: no 3, Festivo by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Date of Recording: 11/1954 
Venue:  Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Finlandia, Op.26, No.7
Valse triste, Op.44
The Swan of Tuonela, Op.22, No.2
Scènes Historiques I, Op.25: 3. Festivo
Karelia Suite, Op.11: 1. Intermezzo (Moderato)
Karelia Suite, Op.11: 2. Ballade (Tempo di menuetto)
Karelia Suite, Op.11: 3. Alla marcia (Moderato)
Tapiola, Op.112

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 History Reflected March 9, 2014 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "My recording of this disc is an original. I grabbed it quickly once while shopping in a record store, not realizing it was a mono brought back to life. After quite a few listening sessions, my initial disappointment dissolved. Variety of interpretation rewards here." Report Abuse
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