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Sibelius: Complete Symphonies, Tone Poems / Paavo Berglund


Release Date: 11/20/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 74485   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jorma HynninenUsko ViitanenRaili KostiaIda Haendel,   ... 
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic OrchestraYL Male Voice ChoirEstonian State Academic Male Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 9 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This budget-priced eight-disc set contains the best of Paavo Berglund's EMI Sibelius recordings. His symphony cycle with the Helsinki Philharmonic roundly outstrips his earlier one made in Bournemouth. These are cool, emotionally reserved performances, not as hyper-detailed as Berglund's most recent go-round with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, but also never lacking in tension or character (witness Berglund's daringly deliberate tempo for the finale of the Sixth). Generally speaking, Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 5, and 6 come off especially well. On the other hand, EMI has wisely included Berglund's Bournemouth premiere recording of Kullervo, which has a rugged intensity missing from his digital Helsinki remake.


The
Read more performances of the incidental music and tone poems all sound splendid. Indeed, Oceanides, Pohjola's Daughter, and Luonnotar never have been done better, and it's nice to have the two cantatas Our Own Home and The Origin of Fire included as well. I do wish, however, that Ida Haendel's recording of the Violin Concerto could have been added alongside her lovely renditions of the two serenades for violin and orchestra. There was plenty of room for it on CD 4. That caveat aside, this box truly does offer the essential Sibelius in one handy package, and in performances and sound of uniformly high quality. [2/2/2002]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

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 
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 
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 
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 
5.
Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915/1919; Finland 
6.
Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Finland 
7.
Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Finland 
8.
Our Native Land, Op. 92 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,  YL Male Voice Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
9.
Origin of Fire, Op. 32 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jorma Hynninen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian State Academic Male Chorus,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,  YL Male Voice Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Language: Finnish 
Notes: Composition written: Finland (1902).
Composition revised: Finland (1910). 
10.
Kullervo, Op. 7 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Usko Viitanen (Baritone), Raili Kostia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  YL Male Voice Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Finland 
Language: Finnish 
11.
Oceanides, Op. 73 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
12.
Karelia Suite, Op. 11 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
13.
Scènes historiques no 1, Op. 25 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
14.
Tapiola, Op. 112 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Finland 
15.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Notes: Composition written: Finland (1899 - 1900). 
16.
Serenades (2) for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 69 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin)
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1913; Finland 
17.
Luonnotar, Op. 70 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1910; Finland 
18.
Pohjola's daughter, Op. 49 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
19.
En saga, Op. 9 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892/1902; Finland 
20.
The Bard, Op. 64 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Taru Valjakka (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913/1914; Finland 
21.
Spring Song, Op. 16 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Notes: Composition written: Finland (1894).
Composition revised: 1895.
Composition revised: 1902. 
22.
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893/1895; Finland 
23.
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Finland 
24.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
25.
Kuolema: Scene with Cranes, Op. 44 no 2 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1906; Finland 
26.
Swanwhite, Op. 54 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; Finland 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fantastic quality, astoundingly good price January 14, 2013 By Weston Williams (Birmingham, AL) See All My Reviews "Generally I steer clear of budget sets for the usual reasons: bad selections, sub-par performances, low audio quality, etc. This set, however, has none of these drawbacks. The recordings and selections are great for newcomers to Sibelius as well as those who are already fans. The performances are great, particularly the soloists for many of the tone poems included on the set. The sound quality is consistently excellent, about half the recordings full digital and the other half excellently remastered from analog sources. The price is great. This is one you will want in your collection." Report Abuse
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