Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies - Karelia - Lemminkäinen - Violin Concerto

May 10, 2011 | Format: MP3

$7.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Label: Bis
  • Copyright: 2011 Bis
  • Total Length: 7:27:34
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  • ASIN: B004Z4ZN4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,827 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Both the performances and recording quality are top notch.
Brian C
Even if you already own a lot of Sibelius (like I do) you will enjoy this compilation.
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Subtlety is a word I find to describe his music a lot of the time.
Frank C.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By T. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 21, 2011
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This has got to be one of the best classical deals around on Amazon's MP3 site. These excellent recordings of all Jean Sibelius' symphonies from the BIS label -- plus a generous selection of Sibelius' other orchestral greats -- all on sale for $7.99. If you compare this to the CD version of these same recordings, currently at over $50, or even to the other MP3 version of these same recordings released by BIS for $18, this is a tremendous bargain.

But wait -- there's more. The releases linked to above only contain symphonies 1-7 and "Tapiola" -- total run time 4:47. This release has all that plus the Overture in E Major, Finlandia, the Lemminkainen Suite, Valse Triste, the Violin Concerto, En Saga, the Karelia Suite and Snöfrid. Total run time 7:27. Both sets even include two versions of Symphony No. 5 -- the original 1915 version, and the suped-up final version from 1919.

Make no mistake, however -- this isn't just about bargain prices for a ton of music. Finland's Lahti Symphony Orchestra may not be a household name internationally, but they are justifiably renowned for their Sibelius. These are masterful performances by Sibelius specialists under their long-time conductor Osmo Vanska (now at the Minnesota Orchestra), who transformed this relatively small Finnish orchestra into a real Sibelius powerhouse.

Just a note on the business side of things -- I was happy to see that the fantastic BIS label released this MP3 set itself.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By MKR on July 27, 2011
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I enthusiastically second everything written in the other two reviews. I have been a fan of the BIS label for quite some time now and I am NEVER disappointed with their recordings. The sound quality and engineering are superb, the performers, if not well-known, are first rate. There is also something satisfying in knowing that you are hearing Sibelius performed by a Finnish symphony. If you like what you hear here also know that BIS is almost finished with a complete release of everything Sibelius ever wrote. I believe these performances are culled from that endeavor. But, unless you are a die-hard Sibelian, you won't need much more than this set for your collection except perhaps a disc of songs and a disc of piano pieces. And, as Mr. Fisher wrote, grab it at this price!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Keating on July 21, 2011
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Mr. T Fisher is absolutely on target with his review! This is a stupendous bargain. Hours of incredible music for a happy meal price! If you have a hunger for powerful music, played with passion and fire - buy this collection of music. The symphonies are just beautiful.

This is just great music at a price that is too good to be true. Listen to another composer that is simply superb. Thank you Amazon for another musical moment!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jurgen Lawrenz on May 8, 2013
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This industry of Finnish conductors around Sibelius reminds me of the Polish Chopin specialists of earlier decades - Malcuzynski, Brailowski, Askenase, Harasiewicz (plus Rubinstein, but he was a universal musician), with their claims to a "special insight" which wore increasingly thin as other master pianists showed the world how much more there was to discover in Chopin's works by a master reared on the widest possible tradition and culture. The Sibelius "special insight" musicians have been long in coming, but here they are in force, with their claims in one complete recording after another. To a critical ear, those claims might also sound a bit tinny after exposure to Barbirolli, Karajan and the odd single readings such as Bernstein's or Szell's No.2. Being a specialist has never, in any humanities business, meant an automatic qualification to broad culture, deep music making or even a notably exceptional feeling for one's specialty.
I'm going to ignore the verbal fanfare around Vanska, which is placing the music on a lower rung that its performance. What I expect is that he has something profound to say about the music through his performances. If not, then it simply boils down again to personal preference. In passing, I mention as a relevant criterion that I'm not a Sibelius specialist, neither are most other reviewers. But I have an affinity with his music, though not all of it, and this may well apply to many thousands of listeners too.
I note therefore, a general preference of this conductor for clean, almost clinical textures. He has no tendency (a la young Bernstein) for letting himself go, for ebullience or exhilaration in e.g. the Finale of No. 2. Nor does he caress the delicate, silvery threads in No. 6 with especially subtle care. At the beginning of No.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Grasso on July 10, 2012
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I know this album (or whatever you call a download featuring all 7 symphonies plus assorted works!) needs no recommendation: it's $7.99 for an incredible amount of music, enough to fit on several standard discs. However, since some may be skeptical about its artistic worth, I thought I would weigh in since I not only adore these performances but they are, without a doubt, some of the best available. For starters, all of these symphonies were originally recorded and released separately on the BIS label, which is famous for stellar artists and recordings (indeed, you can download the same performances of the symphonies alone for $18!). As teasers to get people interested in the works or the label, BIS has done the same thing for Otaka's survey of Glazunov's symphonies with his Welsh Orchestra (another major steal--that one goes for only $6.99), and Jarvi's survey of Tchaikovsky's symphonies and orchestral works. So have no hesitation about buying this even if you have other versions of the symphonies or even complete cycles. These aren't cheap, one-off performances by some hired temp orchestra that you find on anonymous budget labels--this is truly the real thing. Check the Penguin Guide for Classical Music or Grammophone or the American Record Guide: all of these works have been reviewed, and largely praised by classical music critics.

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra is a Finnish orchestra, so right off the bat you get something you won't find in your standard London Symphony or NY Philharmonic recordings: this is their music. And while I'm sure many Finns are sick to death of hearing about Sibelius, the orchestras certainly have it in their blood.
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