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7 Symphonies Box set


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Audio CD, Box set, March 9, 2004
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  • Audio CD (March 9, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00011KOF4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This 7 CD set includes all of Sir Colin Davis' second Sibelius symphony cycle recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra in the 1990's, along with almost all of Sibelius' other major orchestral works, most notably his tone poems (Some of these were recorded as recently as 2000 or 2001.). These are impressive, vibrant performances replete with exquisite playing by the London Symphony Orchestra. Critics have praised Davis' first Sibelius symphony cycle with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as among the best; without question, his second symphony cycle is not only just as fine, but comes with better quality digital sound (However, with respect to sound, the best Sibelius symphony cycle that he's recorded may be the recent one with the LSO Live CD label.). I especially enjoyed the recordings of Sibelius' 2nd, 5th and 7th symphonies, and the tone poem En Saga, but all of Sibelius' works in this CD set are quite fine. Those interested in hearing music made by Sir Colin Davis, widely regarded as our foremost interpreter of Sibelius, with one of the world's greatest orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra, will not be disappointed with this CD set.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Climacus on November 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I generally agree with the other reviewers that Davis's second Sibelius cycle makes a fine choice for those on a limited budget who want a reliable survey of Sibelius's most important orchestral music. The LSO play well for Davis, and many listeners may like their rather lean tone better than I do. Arguably one does not need a plush sonority for music inspired by bleak nordic landscapes; but after hearing Karajan and the BPO, Ormandy's Philadelphians, or Davis's earlier cycle with the BSO, one senses that something is missing with the LSO. The brass, in particular, play with a distractingly nasal timbre--at least to my ears. Now these defects (if they are defects) may well be due to the engineers not the players; nevertheless, for listeners who crave more color in Sibelius the rather grey wash provided by the LSO under Davis doesn't quite satisfy.

That having been said, I must note that the Third, Sixth and Seventh symphonies all receive superior interpretations here (as they did in Davis's BSO Sibelius cycle), and many of the Tone Poems are quite good, even if they don't efface memories of Beecham, Boult and (much more recently) Järvi with the Gothenberg orchestra (now housed in a generous and very inexpensive "Trio" from DG). I'm ambivalent about Davis's "Kullervo" Symphony. Taken on its own, this performance is quite haunting; but when compared with the truly great interpretations of this still-underrated score (Berglund, Vänskä to name two), Davis seems a wee bit tepid. Indeed, boldness is precisely what I miss in Davis's latterday Sibelius performances: There's plenty of nuance, and much atmosphere, but little of the heroism I associate with the Finnish lore that inspired the composer.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By m.vuriling on May 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
At less than 20GBP, this set offers a most excellent initiation to the world of Johan Sibelius s'masterly work. A nice collection, that includes the symphonies (1--7) with important compositions such as the ever fascinating Kulervo and myriads of "TonePoems". The L.S.O play together with dedication, the sound and direction by sir Colin Davis increase the impression of greatness in the music. I was a little skeptical of the new Davis Kulervo "live", of which I prefer this one on rca, but been of course amazed by the L.S.O.Live powerful versions of symphonies 3 & 7. Otherwise, I generally love this uniformly excellent set, even more so than the earlier cycle in Boston of which I still like, above all, symphonies 5&6. Here, with this rca set, the "highlights" are to be found in symphonies 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6, as well as in a bracing and quite dramatic Kulervo. Among the poems, En Saga and Pohjola really shine along with a wonderful Suite Karelia. Of course everything is not perfection, but who will pretend to be anyway? I recommend highly this important box set, even more than the competitive 5CD Naxos however very good it is. Davis is a master Sibelian, no doubt about that. Kind regards. m.vuriling
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek on March 30, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Colin Davis recorded three Sibelius symphonic cycles. First came the one with the Boston Symphony, then this set, and then once more with the London Symphony on that orchestra's own label. To me, this is the least desirable of the lot, having neither the suaveness of the Boston set nor the somewhat sharper edge of the second go-round with the LSO. The Boston cycle remains one of my top two favorite Sibelius sets, along with the one on Ondine by Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic. This one on RCA is a disappointment. Davis did better, and so can you.
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