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Sibelius: Symphonies 4 & 6 / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic

Release Date: 01/31/2011 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 415108   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Karajan recorded the Fourth Symphony three times, once in the 1950s with the Philharmonia and twice with the Berlin Philharmonic. The work obviously meant a great deal to him. He insisted on its inclusion in his very first concert on his appointment at the Berlin Philharmonic in the early 1960s at a time when Sibelius's cause had few champions in Germany, so keen was he to stake its claim as one of the great symphonies of the day. Karajan's account has withstood the test of time as one of the most searching, profound and concentrated performances of this masterpiece...

-- Gramophone [5/1994]
reviewing Symphony no 4 reissued as DG 439527


No performance of the Fourth on record
Read more surpasses the present issue in opulence of sound and magnificence of colour... At first its sheer beauty of sound seemed to me to cushion the discomfort this work generates and diminish the intensity of its desolation. Yet, over the years, it is its strengths that have gained, and the surface beauties, far from drawing attention to themselves, seem to me the servant of this conception... Karajan's reading of the Sixth Symphony is much to be admired and is finer than his Seventh. The Sixth is difficult to bring off and despite the pallor of the recording, this is an undoubted triumph: he succeeds in evoking the colours of the northern summer more successfully than any of his rivals, save for Sir Thomas Beecham.

-- Gramophone [9/1981]
reviewing these performances reissued on LP as DG 2740 255
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 36 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Length: 28 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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