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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 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 SIBELIUS DU SOIR December 15, 2014 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "I was just listening to Sibelius' Third Symphony---Sibelius du soir, as I call it---and perhaps the most important element in this piece is that it, like Beethoven's third, breaks new ground. The recording I heard on Classical Masterpieces was by Okko Kamu and the Helsinki Radio Symphony: a decent performance in many respects. The second movement, while echoing some moments in the second symphony, definitely looks forward to the fifth, and I was listening intently, picking out which elements did so; a good many did, which brought a grin to my face. But the last movement came close to adagio con schleppo, otherwise known as trying to drive with the brakes on, and I found myself shaking my head---I have heard that last movement taken a little faster by a number of other conductors, which I like better. I'm looking forward to hearing what Bernstein does with it; I got that two-disc set a few days ago. In any event, it was my Sibelius of the evening, a good start. (Incidentally, I don't like the company this Kamu keeps---once again he's paired with Herbert von Jerry-Atric, and you know what that guy does.)" Report Abuse
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