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Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies, Kullervo [Box set]

Jean Sibelius , Petri Sakari , Iceland Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Symphony No. 1, E minor, Op. 39: Andante ma non troppo - Allegro energicoIceland Symphony Orchestra11:15Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 1, E minor, Op. 39: Andante (ma non troppo lento)Iceland Symphony Orchestra 9:22Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 1, E minor, Op. 39: Scherzo (Allegro)Iceland Symphony Orchestra 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 1, E minor, Op. 39: Finale (Quasi una fantasia)Iceland Symphony Orchestra12:29Album Only
listen  5. Symphony No. 3, C major, Op. 52: Allegro moderatoIceland Symphony Orchestra10:24Album Only
listen  6. Symphony No. 3, C major, Op. 52: Andantino con moto, quasi allegrettoIceland Symphony Orchestra10:02Album Only
listen  7. Symphony No. 3, C major, Op. 52: Moderato - Allegro (ma non tanto)Iceland Symphony Orchestra 8:45Album Only


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 2, D major, Op. 43: AllegrettoIceland Symphony Orchestra11:12Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 2, D major, Op. 43: Andante ma rubatoIceland Symphony Orchestra 5:07Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 2, D major, Op. 43: VivacissimoIceland Symphony Orchestra11:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 2, D major, Op. 43: Allegro moderatoIceland Symphony Orchestra10:23Album Only
listen  5. The Tempest, Suite No. 1: The Oak-TreeIceland Symphony Orchestra13:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Tempest, Suite No. 1: HumoresqueIceland Symphony Orchestra 8:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Tempest, Suite No. 1: Caliban's SongIceland Symphony Orchestra 9:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Tempest, Suite No. 1: The HarvestersIceland Symphony Orchestra 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Tempest, Suite No. 1: CanonIceland Symphony Orchestra 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Tempest, Suite No. 1: SceneIceland Symphony Orchestra 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Tempest, Suite No. 1: Intrada - BerceuseIceland Symphony Orchestra 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Tempest, Suite No. 1: Entr'acte - Ariel's SongIceland Symphony Orchestra 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Tempest, Suite No. 1: The StormIceland Symphony Orchestra22:45$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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listen  1. Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63: Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagioIceland Symphony Orchestra 9:15Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63: Allegro molto vivaceIceland Symphony Orchestra 6:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63: Tempo largoIceland Symphony Orchestra 3:39Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63: AllegroIceland Symphony Orchestra10:41Album Only
listen  5. Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82: Tempo molto moderatoIceland Symphony Orchestra 3:46Album Only
listen  6. Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82: Andante mosso, quasi allegrettoIceland Symphony Orchestra 2:30Album Only
listen  7. Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82: Allegro moltoIceland Symphony Orchestra 1:55Album Only


Disc 4:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: Allegro molto moderatoIceland Symphony Orchestra 9:58Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: Allegretto moderatoIceland Symphony Orchestra14:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: Poco vivaceIceland Symphony Orchestra 6:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: Allegro moltoIceland Symphony Orchestra14:12Album Only
listen  5. Suite No. 2, Op. 109, No. 3, "The Tempest": Chorus of the WindsIceland Symphony Orchestra 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Suite No. 2, Op. 109, No. 3, "The Tempest": IntermezzoIceland Symphony Orchestra 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Suite No. 2, Op. 109, No. 3, "The Tempest": Dance of the NymphsIceland Symphony Orchestra 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Suite No. 2, Op. 109, No. 3, "The Tempest": ProsperoIceland Symphony Orchestra 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Suite No. 2, Op. 109, No. 3, "The Tempest": Song I and IIIceland Symphony Orchestra 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Suite No. 2, Op. 109, No. 3, "The Tempest": MirandaIceland Symphony Orchestra 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Suite No. 2, Op. 109, No. 3, "The Tempest": The NaiadsIceland Symphony Orchestra 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Suite No. 2, Op. 109, No. 3, "The Tempest": Dance EpisodeIceland Symphony Orchestra 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105Iceland Symphony Orchestra 4:00Album Only


Disc 5:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Kullervo, Symphonic Poem for Soprano, Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra: IntroductionEsa Ruuttunen13:43Album Only
listen  2. Kullervo, Symphonic Poem for Soprano, Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra: Kullervo's YouthEsa Ruuttunen13:47Album Only
listen  3. Kullervo, Symphonic Poem for Soprano, Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra: Kullervo and His SisterEsa Ruuttunen23:52Album Only
listen  4. Kullervo, Symphonic Poem for Soprano, Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra: Kullervo Goes to WarEsa Ruuttunen10:54Album Only
listen  5. Kullervo, Symphonic Poem for Soprano, Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra: Kullervo's DeathEsa Ruuttunen10:13Album Only



Product Details

  • Performer: Jean Sibelius, Petri Sakari, Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Audio CD (February 19, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00005QISF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,951 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

From the Slavic-tinged exuberance of the First and Second to the dark undercurrents of the Fourth and Fifth and the passionate abstraction of the Sixth and Seventh, Sibelius's symphonies loom larger than ever among the 20th century's influential orchestral landmarks. Petri Sakari charts the composer's rugged, sometimes cryptic terrain with authority and inspires the Iceland Symphony Orchestra to a generous and heartfelt performance. You won't find the opulent sheen of Karajan's or Ormandy's Sibelius, nor the micro details Paavo Berglund elicits from his Chamber Orchestra of Europe remakes, but Naxos's modest asking price will bring you idiomatic, atmospheric, deeply felt performances that reveal more with each hearing. Jorma Panula's fine traversal of Kullervo ranks close to Berglund's reference EMI version (the earlier of his two for the label). A Sibelius cycle, in sum, to stand at the top of the list alongside Davis-Boston (Philips), Vanska-Lahti (BIS), and Berglund-Helsinki (EMI). --Jed Distler

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab this boxed set. For this price it can't be beat! February 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am surprised, no shocked, that my customer review is the first to appear for this boxed set of the Sibelius symphonies a year after it became available. I would have imagined that SOMEONE would have written of their enthusiasm for the set. When I saw no one had done so, I had to stop what I was doing and start writing.
Sibelius's symphonies are surely among the best of the 20th century. His unmistable sound world, his creative transformations of symphony form, his dramatic and lyric abilities all made him an original, a treasure. Certainly there have been other invaluable recordings of the symphonies - Berglund, Colin Davis, Karajan, Ormandy, Barbirolli. But for someone coming to the symphonies and wanting them all you couldn't start with a better set, not at THIS price.
Petri Sakari and his Icelanders do a bang-up job. Don't be fooled, this Iceland orchestra is a fine group.
For lagniappe there is fine performance of 'Kullervo' with Jorma Panula (another Sibelian) conducting.
How can you lose?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Budget Recording March 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This complete recording of the Sibelius symphonies is more than just a budget recording. The Iceland Symphony Orchestra with Petri Sakari does a great job in all aspects of the performance. They seem to create a Scandinavian atmosphere that is inherent in these symphonies. One feels transported to the mountains, forests, and lakes of Lapland; the cool airs, the vast, open spaces. Very poetic, to be sure, but the orchestra really brings these qualities out in the music. Their technical skill is on par as well. These players could stand up to the best orchestras, but we get to hear them for a far lower price. The two suites that Sibelius wrote for Shakespeare's play "The Tempest" also accompany the symphonies. While they are obviously weaker works, the suites come alive in the hands of the capable performers. In addition, the set contains the dramatic tone poem Kullervo. It is an amazing work, though on first listen, one may feel that the piece drags on. It takes more than one listen to catch how packed it is with musical substance. The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra plays Kullervo, but with no less verve and competence than the Iceland Symphony. Kudos to Naxos on creating a box set collection at budget price with such great performances and such voluminous liner notes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibelius by the Iceland Symphony October 26, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having heard a number of recordings over the years of these symphonies, I must put these at or near the top of the heap. The Iceland Symphony is a wonderful orchestra and its conductor, Petri Sakari, must have this music running through his veins. I purchased the complete set used through Amazon, although I don't think the recordings are any longer available as a set. Nonetheless, the recordings are well worth acquiring individually.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best. November 9, 2006
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The Icelandic orchestra plays these symphonies quite well, giving the conductor everything he asks. Naxos has given the performances rather bland sonics. They would be fine if the performances were better. But each symphony seems jerked and pulled around, going faster and slower at the whim of the conductor (changes not indicated in the scores). This means that CD1 - Symphonies #1 and #3 lose shape and seemingly go no where. Symphony #5 doesn't build the way it should. The heartwrenching emotional outbursts in the slow movement of #4 just don't grab us. Listen to Beecham or Bernstein or Rozhdestvensky (or Watanabe with Japan - nla), and you hear this. Symphony #6 and Symphony #7 fare better, but even they sound cautious and ill framed. Sibelius, after all, said that a symphony must be the supreme expression of logic (to which Mahler answered, "No, a symphony must embrace the world.") These performances do neither. The Kullervo (with a different orchestra and conductor), however, is wonderful. I'd suggest a buyer get that alone and leave the box to someone else.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Competent Sibelius Set June 18, 2012
By Tero
Format:Audio CD
The price for the download does not compete with other downloads, so buy the CD set, then you get a hard copy. I have most of it on separate discs (lacking Kullervo) and have not found major fault with it.

The playing is fine and the so called smaller orchestra does get some noise out in the loud parts. The sound recording is not always the clearest, so a few instruments get buried at times.

The main problem would be to decide between this and other box sets. The ones by Askenazy, Järvi and Vänskä are all excellent. I rated them at 5 stars. Compare prices. This set is played with enthusiasm and I had fun listening to them, especially Symphony 3 and the Tempest suite (other than the storm which seems to be recorded poorly*). I know the 3rd so well that I can hear all the parts, but the winds are louder than the strings for most of the work. It does not ruin it but the difference to other recordings is obvious. But I love this work so you can't really ruin it for me. This time I enjoy the basses and cellos. The disc with Symphonies 6 and 7 is also a highlight, fine playing.

Now, a word to the Sibelians: Yes, the orchestra holds together well in fast parts and even the Tempest mentioned. But some symphonies go well, others have some problems. The parts where some groups of instruments have an independent melody and others a second, they do not always hold up. The players are playing their part but not seeing how it fits in the whole. You will probably find them in all the works, but not to the extent that it ruins it. But this is not Segerstam, Vänskä or Davis. The 6th and 7th symphonies will stand up to those as well.

The Kullervo is a good deal to get with the same box, but it is Panula and the Turku Symphony in Finland. Have not heard that disc.

*I have the Beecham CD as well, in mono. It was even harder to record in the 1950s.
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