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Sibelius: Symphony No 2, Swan Of Tuonela, Finlandia (with chorus) / Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra


Release Date: 03/17/2009 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 38056  
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraPhiladelphia Orchestra Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

*** This title is a reissue of a Japanese release with liner notes in Japanese. ***

SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2. Kuolema: Valse triste. The Swan of Tuonela. Finlandia1 • Eugene Ormandy, cond; Philadelphia O Philadelphia O Ch1• RCA-ArkivMusic 38056 (67:51)

"Along with the three discs discussed in my earlier article (Fanfare 32:6), this represents Ormandy’s complete Sibelius recordings for RCA, with the exception of the Violin Concerto with Dylana Jenson. His way with the Second Symphony didn’t change much over the 25 years between his first recording (1947) and this, his third and last (1972), other than becoming broader and a bit more ruminative. I regard the 1957 stereo version for Columbia as ideal;
Read more the present version is not quite as taut but almost as beautifully played. The 1973 Valse triste is surprisingly dry-eyed; The Swan of Tuonela, recorded on the same day, is the fourth of his five versions, including the two made in the context of the complete Lemminkäinen Suite. The last three of these featured the superb Louis Rosenblatt, English hornist of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 36 years, who passed away in the summer of 2009. This version is very similar to the 1960 Columbia recording; both are gorgeous. Finlandia, another 1972 recording, is given in a “super-enhanced” version, with octave-transposed violins, piccolo, and chorus in English; it tops even Ormandy’s Columbia version with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the sopranos rising to a high C at the end!"

FANFARE: Richard A. Kaplan
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Finland 
Date of Recording: 4/26/1972 
2.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1/15/1973 
3.
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: no 3, Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1897; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1/15/1973 
4.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Date of Recording: 3/23/1972 

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