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Sibelius: Orchestral Works (Essential Classics)


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  • Orchestra: New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy, Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Jean Sibelius
  • Audio CD (November 17, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027XX
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Finlandia, Op. 26
2. Valse Triste, Op. 44 No.1
3. The Swan Of Tuonela, Op. 22 No. 3
4. Karelia Suite, Op. 11: I. Intermezzo
5. Karelia Suite, Op. 11: II. Ballade
6. Karelia Suite, Op. 11: Alla Marcia
7. Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49
8. En Saga, Op. 9

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This budget-priced disc contains some very fine performances. Eugene Ormandy and Leonard Bernstein were both dedicated Sibelius interpreters, and their approaches are both complementary and shrewdly highlighted in this collection. Bernstein is represented by a single work: Pohjola's Daughter. This is not only Sibelius's finest tone poem, but this performance has also long been regarded as the best available. Ormandy, on the other hand, selected the kind of Romantic, colorful music that he always conducted with special authority, and the Philadelphia Orchestra makes some gorgeous sounds, particularly in the Valse Triste and The Swan of Tuonela. A bargain. --David Hurwitz

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I had first heard a recording of Finlandia a few months before I bought this CD. I liked it really well, so I decided to find my own recording. When I searched at a music store, I came across this CD. I felt this would be a good performance since it was performed by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. And I loved it when I first heard it. This is one of the best classical CDs that I own, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for music by Sibelius.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Kaufman on January 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This CD was my first introduction to Sibelius outside of Finlandia, and what an introduction it was! Ormandy really knew how to get into this music, and it still contains the best Karelia suite I've heard. For some reason, the intermezzo and march are both taken too slowly on other recordings, but not here -- they are lively and spirited, full of energy.

Finlandia here is well done, though there are so many recordings of it I can't say there aren't better. I've certainly heard far worse. This recording of Valse Triste, is one of my favorites -- it starts on the faster side, but settles into a nice lyrical pace. The Swan of Tuonela is one of the few pieces I think needs to be stretched out as well as can be, and certainly here it's done well. I prefer a couple other, slower, ones, but this suits me fine as well.

This recording of Pohjola's Daughter, as noted, seems to be a favorite, at least at Sony -- I can think of no less than 4 individual CDs and three box sets with this recording. It's a very good read, though this is one piece I don't think I've ever heard a recording I don't like. This is the only piece on the disc with Bernstein/NYPO instead of Ormandy/PO, but that does not detract from it.

The gem of the CD, however, is the final piece, En Saga. It's the piece that in fact took longest to warm up to, but once I did I realized just how good a composer Sibelius was. And this recording is still tops in my book -- no other that I've heard takes it this fast (unlike many Essential Classics releases, there are no cuts anywhere on this CD, so the shortened time IS due to tempo here), and the wonderful melodic hooks and clashing harmonies all over this piece just light up under Ormandy's baton.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I think that this Essential Classics collection by Sony is a good opportunity to get very fine music at a very low price. In this case thay have made a very attractive selection of music by Jean Sibelius. Apart from the Valse Triste, which no matter how many times I hear it, I always find it wonderful, this CD has many other pieces which are very interesting, like the superb Swan of Tuonela or the Karelia Suite. The performance is very good, and Ormandy conducts this pieces very well. If you don't know Sibelius' music yet, I would suggest that you buy this CD. At this price, it is very hard to find a better one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sungu Okan on September 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This CD is really good.
All performances by E. Ormandy and his Philadelphia Orchestra, except Pohjola's Daughter. This symphonic poem performed by Bernstein and perhaps the best Sibelius recording of Bernstein (actually he recorded all symphonies with NYP)
Best tracks:
As it is, Ormandy's "Finlandia" is best (with Charles Mackerras' recording with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).
What a music and what a interpretation?! The Sound of Philadephia is excellent on this from start to finish. Especially, I like that, the wind ensemble (especially brass) are amazing in "Allegro".
Valse triste is one of the best compositions by Sibelius, no doubt, and this performance is very effective, emotional...
Karelia is very good, especially Intermezzo (1st movement) is superb. This piece is short and pure. This is a tale about a haunting scene at Middle Age
In other words: this CD is very highly recommended
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