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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 Hybrid SACD - DSD

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Audio CD, Hybrid SACD - DSD, March 26, 2013
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  • Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Composer: Jean Sibelius
  • Audio CD (March 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: BIS
  • ASIN: B00BORVZ48
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,821 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's a pleasure to welcome this recording. When they are on tour, Vanska and the Minnesota Orch. are highly praised for their Sibelius. No one is more adept at the Finnish national composer than Vanska - thanks to his musicality and imagination, he creates the impression that thrice-familiar music can sound new again. Vanska puts his best foot forward in the opening movement of Sym. #1, which is galvanized into exciting contrasts and more drama than one hears form even great Sibelians like Karajan, Bernstein, and Barbirolli. The phrasing is angular, the brass punctuations startling. One forgets any indebtedness to Tchaikovsky - here is the Sibelius of the great North finding his voice, spinning out a mysterious atmosphere like no other.

With a back catalog featuring world-class orchestras, the Minnesota musicians excel at sheer enthusiasm - this First Sym. feels remarkably spontaneous and alive. In my experience only Beecham, who recorded the First in fairly dim mono only, comes close. Vanska captures every facet of sibelius's sound world, from birdsong to deep growls from the earth. If you ever had the feeling that the most popular of his symphonies - no. 1, 2, and 5 - new new life breathed into them, this is a reading to gladden your heart.

The Fourth Sym. is the most arcane of the seven, along with the Sixth. It is built up form short mottoes and gestures that don't quite rise to the level of melodies, and only the Scherzo is organized like a tradiitonal symphony. throughout there's a sense of deep communion with sweeping forested landscapes - that's what Sibelius's immediate fame was based upon.
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