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Initial post: Sep 17, 2012 6:07:45 AM PDT
Tero says:
Had been going through the used bargains under Sibelius. Segerstam with 3rd and added material is a delight. Whole disc is fine, but with 3rd up front, it gives it long overdue credit.
Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 Op. 52 / Tapiola Op. 112 / Scene with Cranes Op. 44/2

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 4:01:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 17, 2012 4:02:23 PM PDT
Tero says:
Holst Planets plus. Planets has good stereo, no tape hiss.
Holst: The Planets; Egdon Heath; The Perfect Fool; Brook Green Suite; St. Paul's Suite; Choral Fantasia; Hymns from the Rig Veda

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2012 1:49:34 PM PDT
HB says:
"Holst Planets plus. Planets has good stereo, no tape hiss."

Tero,

I had the Boult Planets on LP. It was very good but it was recorded before most orchestras became vastly improved, starting in the late '70's, I believe. This recording, by the Royal Philharmonic, has truly magnificent orchestral playing and Vernon Handley's interpretation is close to perfection, IMO.

Holst - The Planets Suit - St. Paul's Suit

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2012 3:06:03 PM PDT
Tero says:
Ambrosian Chorus - Ladies Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Vernon Handley)

I would never have found that! Have to see if there is a CD.

I have a budget CD of planets, so it must go. The non-Sibelius-non-Vivaldi rule of mine tells that I may only have two versions of other works.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 3:11:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 18, 2012 3:12:56 PM PDT
well,
sonically the newest A. Davis blows all other recordings I have heard out of the water by a long shot.
add in a first rate performance(the two boults may be slightly ahead-but No " 'wow' is there a trumpeter in my living room?" effect).
It has beome my current "go to"performance of this warhorse....

It seems rather expensive in this day and age...
Holst 2: Orch Works
the fillups are unusual as well. 'Beni mora' really needs to be better know.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 3:18:55 PM PDT
Tero says:
Is this the same Handley?
I have this:
Planets
paid 5 bucks at Borders closing

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 5:16:36 PM PDT
HB says:
"Is this the same Handley?"

That is it. It has come out on a variety of budget labels. I think I paid 5 dollars, also. My CD is on the Royal Philharmonic label. After I bought a few of their releases, I saw the same recordings on a different label at the Big Lots store. This time the price was 3 dollars.

I bought a splendid RPO version of R. Strauss Also Sprach, Don and Till with Mackerras conducting. Mackerras also made a great recording of Sibelius 2 with the RPO. But there were a few dogs in the RPO series, also. One of the the worst was an extremely slow recording of the Dvorak New World Symphony with Paavo Jarvi. Overall, I think it was a great series and was much needed at the time since very few first class orchestras made budget recordings in those days.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2012 7:55:44 PM PDT
Tero says:
Two versions still there
Sibelius:Sym. 2

I'll need to get this for my Karelia collection
Symphony 2

amazing how one can mess up Karelia, which is best played just straight with even tempo.

Also available are 5 and 7 by McKerras.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 6:04:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2012 11:18:52 AM PDT
Tero says:
Inkinen disc
Sibelius: Night Ride & Sunrise; Belshazzar's Feast; Kuolema

The track listing there is incomplete. There are 12 tracks. That and this disc
Sibelius: Scenes Historiques I & II / King Christian Ii

are the best Inkinen has recorded. The symphonies are a good modern standard, maybe like Oramo or a bit less enthusiastic. I did not like his Karelia suite. The symphony 2 there is just to give a full cycle, nothing unusual.
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 / Karelia Suite

But his 5th is quite good, restrained the way I liked it. Not full blast.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 8:45:49 AM PDT
Tero, the Vanska recording of the Karelian suite is good, and the Hans Rosbaud version is ok as well.

Sibelius: Finlandia, Karelia Suite / Tapiola

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 8:53:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2012 12:08:52 PM PDT
WH says:
Three arrivals in the last two weeks--all string quartets, which is probably my favorite genre:

Alban Berg Quartett, Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, 7 CDs (reissue: EMI, 2012). I'm still working my way through this marvelous set. I've read high praise on these forums and elsewhere for years, and with the latest reissue and excellent discount through Amazon sellers, I had to pick it up. Brilliant, not as overtly passionate as the Takacs, but extraordinary elegance and precision.

Pacifica Quartet, The Soviet Experience, Vol. 1 - String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries (Cedille, 2011) and The Soviet Experience, Vol. 2 - String Quartets by Shostakovich and his contemporaries (Cedille, 2012). Vol. 1 has Shostakovich SQ #5-8, while vol. 2 has Shostakovich SQ #1-4. Each volume has an add-on: Vol. 1 has Miaskovsky SQ #13, while Vol. 2 has Prokofiev SQ #2. This series has been garnering excellent reviews (http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Cedille/CDR90000127), and for me is a very able competitor to the classic recordings by the Fitzwilliam Quartet and the Borodin Quartet--and the quality of recording is superior to those earlier classic versions.

Martinu Quartet, Martinu: String Quartets, Vol. 1 (Nos. 1 & 2 / Three Horsemen), Martinu: String Quartets, Vol. 2 (Nos. 3 & 6 / Duo / Three Madrigals), and Martinu: String Quartets, Vol. 3 (Nos. 4, 5 & 7). Martinu's quartets are new to me. They are wonderful, dynamic rhythms, gorgeous melodies. The Martinu Quartet does a fine job, and it's hard to beat Naxos' prices ($5 per volume via Amazon sellers).

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 9:09:14 AM PDT
WH-

Glad to hear that you like the Martinu quartets. I have been looking at the Pacifica/Shostakovich discs, myself. My current favorite interpretations are from the St. Petersburg SQ on Hyperion.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 9:11:50 AM PDT
Tero says:
Yes I have a thread on it. But sometimes I like the shortest Karelia, which Všnskš did not record. All his versions have the singer in the middle part.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 9:35:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2012 9:37:23 AM PDT
Tero, Vanska recorded both Karelia and the Kalreilia Suite. Karelia has 11 movements, while the Suite has only 3.

The full Karelia has both orchestral and vocal, while the suite is solely orchestral. I don't recall the Vanska Karelia suite having any vocal in the middle, so perhaps you were thinking of his King Christian suite? His King Christian suite does have a vocal part in the middle of it, while the Jarvi version does not.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 10:09:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2012 10:11:17 AM PDT
Tero says:
Yes the middle part has a vocal in swedish. It is often played by a wind instrument and some verses are then cut off. If you look at the Všnskš download, for example, it has 3 parts of Karelia but the middle one is borrowed from the 11 movement piece, with vocal.

Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies - Karelia - Lemminkšinen - Violin Concerto

track 35

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 10:30:19 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 10:42:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2012 10:43:38 AM PDT
Tero, I listened to the one you linked, and while it does have vocal parts, it was different from the one I have on cd.

I have volumes 2-3,5 & 8 from the BIS Sibelius Edition, and the version of the suite that I have is not the one in the box set download you referenced. The one I got in the Vol 8 box set, has 3 movements, but the middile movement is only 6:13, as opposed to over 9. Vanska must have recorded the Karelia Suite more thna once, with one version leaving out the vocal music. You cna hear samples of this disc on iTunes.

The Sound of Sibelius

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 10:52:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2012 10:54:38 AM PDT
These arrived over the last week.

Leclair: Sonatas - Holloway
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson - Handel Arias
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Egmont Overture - Fricsay / Berlin
Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals; Wedding Cake op.76; Caprice op. 79; Septuor Op. 65 - Rojdestvensky, Postnikova, Heiser, ...

Can't complain about any of em. The Saint-SaŽns is stylish and cheerful, the Leclair ends with a dazzling chaconne, and Fricsay delivers the Beethoven in awesome 1958 stereo. And as Zadok promised, the Handel shows Lorraine Hunt Lieberson her best.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 11:01:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2012 1:03:22 PM PDT
Tero says:
Ok, the one advantage of downloads is easier sorting of versions by track time.

Looks like a good set if one does not have Wood Nymph before. I have the Lahti version.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 2:58:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 22, 2012 4:36:49 PM PDT
Tero says:
Grieg and Sibelius came. They left Nielsen at the bar.

Grieg was the winner, he had piano concerto and piano pieces this time. Sibelius had chamber pieces.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 7:13:04 PM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
I;ve posted under "What Are You Listening To" ... RSight Now ... about Finnish pianist Antti Siirala's new CD of the last three B eethoven sonatas; and a new Arbiter CD called "Behind the Notes -- Johannes Brahms" with recordings by pianists who knew or played for Brahms: Carl Friedberg, Ilona Eibenschutz, Etelka Freund, and Walter Hoehn, who plays the D-minor concerto live with Max Fiedler and Berlin Radio from 1936.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 4:22:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 25, 2012 4:27:31 AM PDT
Tero says:
Two more Sibelius. Davis with LSO, Sym 2 and another with 5 an 6. The 2nd is quite good. Have to compare to his Boston effort.

probably should have gone for the set. If you like Kullervo, it is probably worth the used price.
Symphonies Nos. 1-7, Kullervo

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 6:37:42 AM PDT
New yesterday, and not yet available on any Amazon sites -

Panufnik Orchestral works Volume 5 - on CPO - contains the 7th and 8th symphonies. Really enjoying this series, excellent music and really well played.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 9:34:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 25, 2012 11:16:33 AM PDT
Braga Santos #4 arrived and my first listen was enjoyment from beginning to end. Some of it is very Sibelian, more structured than Bax, and the final movement is like nothing I've heard before. Fine performance by the National Symphony of Ireland.

Thanks to the forum for pointing this one out.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 7:15:31 PM PDT
Tero says:
Ormandy / Philadelphia Sibelius 4, 5 etc. 1954.
Google for download for 7 Ä. One track, 77 min.
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