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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7/Tapiola Op.11 Import


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  • Orchestra: Lahti Symphony
  • Conductor: Osmo Vanska
  • Composer: Jean Sibelius
  • Audio CD (October 1, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B0000016PK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sym No.6 in d, Op.104: I. Allegro Molto Moderato
2. Sym No.6 in d, Op.104: II. Allegretto Moderato
3. Sym No.6 in d, Op.104: III. Poco Vivace
4. Sym No.6 in d, Op.104: IV. Allegro Molto
5. Sym No.7 in C, Op.105 in One Movt - Antti Autio
6. Tapiola, Op.112: Symphonic Poem

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If I were to go out on a limb, I would say that these are the finest performances of the Sixth and Seventh Symphonies currently available. In the earlier symphonies, Osmo Vanska seemed determined to make his personal mark on the music by choosing some very extreme tempos, both fast and slow. Here, he's content to present the music as effortlessly and organically as possible, and the result is exceptionally impressive. The Lahti Symphony is a smallish orchestra, but it's extremely polished in ensemble. The result is a near-perfect balance that allows the important woodwind parts to emerge clearly above a soft cushion of strings. It's an ideal sound for Sibelius, and the superb recording places the orchestra right in your listening room. --David Hurwitz

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That performance was the famous one with Maazel and the VPO.
I. Giles
His recordings with Minnesota are with a much better orchestra, and the playing is superb, but Vanksa's Sibelius iseems curiously uninvolved for my taste.
bilahn
You hear the woodwinds and strings with such well defined clarity, and everything is so naturally phrased.
Ed Luhrs

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ed Luhrs on June 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I always loved Karajan's recordings of symphonies 4-7 from the 1960's, and I still hold them in highest regard. However, I feel that it's important to hear more than one version of Sibelius's later symphonies. And this recording of 6,7, and Tapiola with Osmo Vanska/Lahti is just awesome. You hear the woodwinds and strings with such well defined clarity, and everything is so naturally phrased. Seems true to the spirit of the music, though again, it's good to hear more than one version. I do think #6 is nearly perfect on all counts. #7 is top-notch, and the Tapiola is excellent. If you are a first-time fan of Sibelius's latter work, this is a great place to start. This digital recording is outstanding.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
My benchmark in the sixth has always been the early 60s Karajan performamnce, closely followed by Beecham's late 40s version. However, this has now changed! Vanska provides a reading of the sixth that is almost ideal in its combination of atmosphere and textual clarity. Never before has this work sounded so true to the composer's description as a cocktail of pure spring water. The scherzo in particular is outstanding with its unforced rhythm to the fore.
The seventh is, frankly, less remarkable, but is still a performance to be reckoned with. Again, Vanksa and his excellent Lahti players are at their best in the faster scherzando section towards the end of the work. The CD is rounded off by a very fine and (again) atmospheric version of Tapiola, with some superbly evocative wind playing. However, for Tapiola I would ultimately take Karajan's 1965 DG version to the desert island.
The sound quality is equivalent to the best from this source, being full and sonorous, and having a believable sense of space. Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott Chamberlain VINE VOICE on September 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have greatly enjoyed Vänskä's recordings with Lahti, and his Sibelius discs are all in a class by themselves. But this one is special among the special, and an ideal place to being exploring these works, Sibelius in general, or Vänskä's recorded output. The crystaline purity of the lines of the 6th, the deep intellegence in how it all comes together... the 6th emerges as a spectacular score, every bit as dramatic as the more outgoing 7th. Another thing interesting about this disc is how the pieces play off one another. Distinct in sound, mood, and construction, they balance each other well and make for a rounded listening experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on August 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Among my favorite recordings are several recordings of Sibelius, including recent traversals of the complete symphonies by Colin Davis and Paavo Berglund. I keep those at home, while at work I have the box set by Abravanel, the highlight of which for me is the disk that contains symphonies 5, 6, and 7. If you are getting the impression that I just can't seem to get enough Sibelius, maybe you are right, because I could not resist purchasing this fine BIS disk that contains the final two symphonies plus the late tone poem, Tapiola. What a wonderful program! And not only is it a wonderful program, but it is a program that is wonderfully served by the musicians and production crew. The Lahti group has a sound somewhere between the large lushness of the London Symphony (Davis) and the small intimacy of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Berglund), a sound well suited for these three lushly intimate works.

I can still recall seeing a painting in a student exhibition at Brigham Young University back in 1976, a painting that looked something like the cover photo on this disk. Below the painting was a note from the artist explaining that he had been inspired by Sibelius's Tapiola, and as I enjoyed the painting and found myself intrigued by the artist's explanation, I vowed to obtain a recording of the work, and I have owned several versions over the years.

What is especially noteworthy about this BIS recording is that it sets this work not with other tone poems, but with these two wonderful symphonies, making this an absolutely indispensable CD for the Sibelius lover, a disk to be played over and over again on long winter evenings for consolation from the cold, and on summer evenings for the promise of cooler weather to come.
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These pieces, very well recorded in 1997, make a very satisfying group of late works. They form part of the equally satisfying series of Sibelius recordings made by Vanska and his orchestra who have proved to be excellent guides through the Sibelius oeuvre. The recordings add credence to the idea that national music is often played to advantage by members of the same nationality as here.

The three works show Sibelius in an increasingly cool and bleak mood, almost emotionally distant at times. It is therefore important that these features are not undermined by any sense of warmly romantic interpretations. Any suggestion of externally applied warmth through phrasing or tempo adjustments must be resisted and performances exhibiting those characteristics must be rejected.

Vanska and his players make no such errors and show an instinctive feel for the Sibelian aural landscape and this is where the suspicion that it helps to be Finnish to play such music instinctively seems justified. Here there are the aural blocks of stone-like sound, the rushing of the winds through the forest regions, the icy cold waters.

I am reminded of a contributory comment made at a music appreciation class I once ran while discussing Tapiola, where one listener remarked how the storm sequence in the piece so exactly replicated the storm he himself had been caught in when in a forest region in Finland. That performance was the famous one with Maazel and the VPO. This Tapiola conducted by Vanska has the same intensity of expression. That intensity of what I perceive to be 'Finnish' comes over throughout this disc.

There are other fine discs of this closely linked repertoire but few so neatly grouped together. I would suggest that this disc deserves serious consideration as either an 'only' buy or as an alternative interpretation. It is worth mentioning that the whole series is a very fine achievement and that the boxed version may be even more tempting.
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