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Notes and Editorial Reviews
They don't make 'em like this anymore. No musical tradition has suffered a greater decline than the French, and no conductor represented the French school more tellingly than Paul Paray. These are wonderful performances: fleet, unaffected, and simply exciting as hell. Paray lets his players play, shaping the performance in huge arcs of sound. The New World's largo seldom has sounded more earthy and folk-like, the outer movements more energetic and effortlessly propulsive. Similarly, this lean and mean Sibelius Second features some volcanic climaxes in the andante second movement and a finale that, like Szell's, never for a minute outstays its welcome. In these days of fussy, heavy, micromanaged conducting, conservatory students should be
chained to their stereos and forced to memorize every Paray recording that they can get their hands on. This is a disc that sets your pulse racing--available "on demand" from Arkivmusic.com.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1901-1902; Finland
Date of Recording: 01/1959
Venue: Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
a comment on the review above April 30, 2012
By Jonathan H. (Culpeper, VA) See All My Reviews
"To quote the reviewer above: "No musical tradition has suffered a greater decline than the French." That's quite a generalization to make. Moreover, why is that important for a program of Dvorak and Sibelius?"