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Sibelius: Symphonies No 1-3 / Bernstein, New York


Release Date: 02/10/2012 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 47619   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Phyllis Curtin
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are glamorous, big-city readings, far removed from the granite-faced objectivity proffered by most recorded Sibelians. But it’s all tremendously exciting – and if Bernstein nears emotional saturation more than once, particularly in Symphonies Nos. 1 [and] 2..., the coursing adrenalin in these accounts is irresistible. The New Yorkers are on top form throughout... Despite remastering, some of the fizz and glare that goaded pre-digital CBS LP pressings still survives.

-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine
reviewing these performances previously reissued as part of Sony 87329
These are glamorous, big-city readings, far removed from the granite-faced objectivity proffered by most recorded Sibelians. But it’s all tremendously exciting – and if Bernstein nears emotional saturation more than once, particularly in Symphonies Nos. 1 [and] 2..., the coursing adrenalin in these accounts is irresistible. The New Yorkers are on top form throughout... Despite remastering, some of the fizz and glare that goaded pre-digital CBS LP pressings still survives.

-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine
reviewing these performances previously reissued as part of Sony 87329
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
Date of Recording: 03/14/1967 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 36 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Finland 
Date of Recording: 05/15/1966 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 45 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/18/1965 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 26 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4. Pohjola's daughter, Op. 49 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Finland 
Date of Recording: 05/01/1964 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 12 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5. Luonnotar, Op. 70 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Phyllis Curtin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1910; Finland 
Date of Recording: 10/19/1965 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 

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