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Sibelius: Complete Symphonies, Tone Poems
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Audio CD, May 8, 2012
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Recorded in the mid-1970s with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this classic cycle of symphonies and tone poems firmly established Sir Colin Davis's reputation as one of the greatest Sibelius interpreters. Nearly forty years on and the cycle remainsas grand and dynamic as ever.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 6.77 x 6.5 x 0.63 inches; 5.15 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Decca Records
- Item model number : 028947836964
- Original Release Date : 2012
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : March 1, 2012
- Label : Decca Records
- ASIN : B007CW2FFM
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 5
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,881 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The Neeme Jarvi set (DGG) is very good, but lacks any notes. The Osmo Vanska set is very good as well and contains a decent notes booklet and both versions of the Fifth. The Simon Rattle set with the CBSO on EMI is also excellent, but my set does not have notes.
I just can't find a good reason to recommend this reading, Colin Davis on Decca, to anyone, especially since there are so many better versions available.
as I listen to it I really enjoyed it and I see nothing wrong with it. again with nothing else to compare it with by jean Sibelius I feel my review would be for the new listeners and I believe you will enjoy it as much as I have so far.
Davis makes excellent use of dynamic contrasts which enhance these dramatic readings. Tempi insure that the music never drags. There isn't a mediocre performance in the box. Symphony 1 in particular is extremely impressive and receives a superb performance. It includes many elements that Sibelius would develop in later symphonies. Finlandia is not as broadly interpreted as by some other conductors, and loses some of its emotional impact in the softer sections as a result. The finale, however, is awe-inspiring. Symphony 2 is one of my favorites, and it is accorded a magnificent performance.
There is almost always a fly in the ointment and for this album it's the soundstage. Most recordings are engineered such that the stereo image is spreads across the front of the room. Ideally, you should hear an evenly distributed soundfield. In these recordings the vast majority of sound originates from the left and right speaker with far less contribution from points in between. I bring this up because the flaw does make the listing experience less than one would hope for with such superb performances.
This complete set of Sibelius symphonies and tone poems is an exceptional bargain. Davis' interpretations are deservedly highly-regarded and the playing of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is beyond reproach. Even if the soundfield anomaly is an issue for you, Davis' interpretation and the performance of the BSO make these recordings extremely compelling. Highly recommended!
5 CDs and a thin trilingual booklet with notes and recording info in a slim fold open cardboard box.
The recordings come from the end of the analog era and are good quality analog to digital transfers that allow the historic Symphony Hall to be heard on these recordings from 1975 to 1980.
All 7 Symphonies, six tone Poems and the Karelia Suite are from the BSO and the Violin Concerto is from a 1979 London Symphony Orchestra recording to fill out the set.
If you have the old Phillips versions this will be duplication and a lack of any info on remastering except for a couple disks (the Tone Poems and Violin Concerto not on the Phillips Duo CDs) leave the impression it's the Phillips transfers being used and this release is to shift the download copyrights to Decca's parent company Universal/Vivendi.
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Todo el Sibelius de sus últimas sinfonías (a partir de la tercera), nos presenta a un Sir Colin Davis a un intérprete soberbio , no solo de las obras sombrías como la cuarta, sino también de las más íntimas como Sexta y Tercera. Davis recrea sin demasiado lirismo el carácter melancólico y pastoril de su movimiento central de esta última sinfonía, con un tempo mesurado que se ajusta perfectamente, con lo que el autor demanda en su partitura. Es en definitiva el ciclo Sibelius más equilibrado disponible actualmente en Cd. Sonido refrescado y mejorado, hay que tener en cuenta que son grabaciones de 1.970, aún así suenan muy bien.