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listen  1. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 1. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagioBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan10:01Album Only
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listen  3. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 3. Il tempo largoBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan12:00Album Only
listen  4. Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 4. AllegroBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 9:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela, Op.22, No.2 - Andante molto sostenutoBerliner Philharmoniker and Gerhard Stempnik and Herbert von Karajan 7:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sibelius: Symphony No.5 In E Flat, Op.82 - 1. Tempo molto moderato - Largamente -Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 9:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sibelius: Symphony No.5 In E Flat, Op.82 - 2. Allegro moderato - PrestoBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sibelius: Symphony No.5 In E Flat, Op.82 - 3. Andante mosso, quasi allegrettoBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 8:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sibelius: Symphony No.5 In E Flat, Op.82 - 4. Allegro moltoBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 9:00$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Sibelius: Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 - 1. Allegro molto moderatoBerliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 9:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Adagio -Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan10:31Album Only
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listen  7. Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Allegro molto moderato - Allegro moderato -Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Vivace - Presto - Adagio - Largamente molto -Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sibelius: Tapiola, Op.112Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan20:12Album Only


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  • Audio CD (April 15, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00000J9HE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It works for me and I have many Sibelius recordings!
Michael Guy
The sanitizing effect of Karajan - music polished to the degree that music feels devoid of human presence, is uncannily just the correct mood for the Sibelius effect.
Vikram Ramanathan
The original sound quality on the LPs was very good and the digital remastering for this issue is very welcome.
Ray Barnes

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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By DAVID A. FLETCHER on December 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
While it's easy to take pot-shots at von Karajan's somewhat homogenized "sound", the Berlin Philharmonic's "beautification" of angular textures, the "swooping" string entries, the "nasal" first oboist, ad naseum, it's likewise a bit stingy for reviewers to ignore what that longstanding musical partnership did so well with music they truly understood. Such was the case with von Karajan and Sibelius; to his credit, he built upon his early succcesses with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and by the end of the 1970s, he and the Berlin Philharmonic had built up a body of recordings that continue to give evidence of a great marriage between powerful symphonic writing and nuanced, thoughtful performance.
The 2-disc set involved here, Sibelius' Symphonies 4 through 7, plus "The Swan of Tuonela" and "Tapiola", recaps the best of the von Karajan/Berlin era, analogue recordings made during the mid- and late-60s by DG in the Jesus Christus Kirche facility in Berlin. When the orchestra moved into the new Philharmonie in the mid-70s, the sense of "air" around the orchestra was lost, not to mention the liveness of the vaulted plaster interior. For this DG "Originals" reissue, the engineers have thinned some of the old lower midrange muddiness that often plagued some of the best recordings of the period. Bass response is a bit lighter, and consequently brass-heavy passages may seem more dominant that they did in the LP format. The net gain, though, I believe is all to the good. The greater transparency has more of the quality that EMI's engineers brought to the same locale. Analogue tape hiss is minimal, and the soundstage is both wide and deep.
So much for sound; what about the performances? Karajan is tightly controlling when it comes to nuance, color, and timbre.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ray Barnes on March 30, 2000
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I think it is fair to say that Karajan had a profound understanding of the music of Sibelius - many of these items were recorded 3 or 4 times each. I cannot give an unqualified recommendation to the performance of the 7th Symphony, I find this reading a little lacking in concentration and power compared to the efforts by Simon Rattle, Ormandy and Berglund, but it remains very fine. All the other items deserve an unqualified recommendation. No. 4 is about as cold, unremitting, and austerely beautiful as one could ever hope to hear - although it may not be to everyone's taste. No. 5 is my favourite alongside that of Simon Rattle's famous record, it has simply stunning playing and conveys visionary strength in the finale. No. 6, an enigmatic work, is played with great eloquence too and an almost disarming simplicity, which is rare for this conductor. His very restraint fits the character of this subtle but deeply felt symphony admirably. Tapiola has to be considered a great success too, although Karajan went on to surpass even this performance later in his career. The original sound quality on the LPs was very good and the digital remastering for this issue is very welcome. It is good to have these classic performances back in circulation, they are worthy of the label. At medium price, this is excellent value. Strongly recommended.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Leach on April 26, 2001
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This is a 2 CD set which can be recommended to those who do not normally react well to Karajan's music making. His interpretations are legendary, and the recordings are excellent, bearing in mind they are 35 years old.
The Fifth especially (recorded for the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth) is one of the recorded classics, and the recordings of the other works are hardly inferior.
Sibelius himself, on hearing Karajan's 1950s Philharmonia Orchestra mono recordings of his music, said 'Karajan is the only conductor who knows what I meant', and when one listens to this set, one can hear why.
If you want these works on CD, do not hesitate.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David A. Wend on April 7, 2008
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The recordings of Jean Sibelius' symphonies Four through Seven made by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic are the best that Karajan conducted and are considered in the top five records made by Karajan and the Berliners (most recently by NPR). I had the Sibelius Seventh on LP and always regarded the performance as my favorite, so I was very pleased when I found it had been transferred to CD.

I do not think that I have heard a more moving or powerful performance of the Fourth Symphony with its somber slow movement (perhaps reflecting what Sibelius thought was a fatal illness) with a more joyous finale. The Fifth Symphony is beautifully paced with the soaring theme of the swans in the last movement truly reaching for the sky and the triumphant ending certainly one that inspires awe. The Sixth Symphony is probably the least known of Siberlius' symphonies and receives an insightful and glorious performance. The recording of the Seventh, for me, has been the most moving and engaging that I have heard and the final bars never fail to bring tears to my eyes. I have performances of the Seventh by Beecham, Ashkenazy and Colin Davis but the energy of this performance and the sound of the Berlin Philharmonic has a depth that I have not heard surpassed.

The set also includes a stunning performance of Tapiola and an atmospheric Swan of Tuonela. This DG set (recorded in the mid 1960s) may not have the sonic range that recent digital records benefit from but the performances, arguably, have a place among the best. Certainly for me they have had a permanent place with my other CDs of Sibelius' music.
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