- Orchestra: New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra
- Conductor: Eugene Ormandy, Leonard Bernstein
- Composer: Jean Sibelius
- Audio CD (November 17, 1992)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony
- ASIN: B0000027XX
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,116 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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This budget-priced disc contains some very fine performances. Eugene Ormandy and Leonard Bernstein were both dedicated Sibelius interpreters, and their approaches are both complementary and shrewdly highlighted in this collection. Bernstein is represented by a single work: Pohjola's Daughter. This is not only Sibelius's finest tone poem, but this performance has also long been regarded as the best available. Ormandy, on the other hand, selected the kind of Romantic, colorful music that he always conducted with special authority, and the Philadelphia Orchestra makes some gorgeous sounds, particularly in the Valse Triste and The Swan of Tuonela. A bargain. --David Hurwitz
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Finlandia here is well done, though there are so many recordings of it I can't say there aren't better. I've certainly heard far worse. This recording of Valse Triste, is one of my favorites -- it starts on the faster side, but settles into a nice lyrical pace. The Swan of Tuonela is one of the few pieces I think needs to be stretched out as well as can be, and certainly here it's done well. I prefer a couple other, slower, ones, but this suits me fine as well.
This recording of Pohjola's Daughter, as noted, seems to be a favorite, at least at Sony -- I can think of no less than 4 individual CDs and three box sets with this recording. It's a very good read, though this is one piece I don't think I've ever heard a recording I don't like. This is the only piece on the disc with Bernstein/NYPO instead of Ormandy/PO, but that does not detract from it.
The gem of the CD, however, is the final piece, En Saga. It's the piece that in fact took longest to warm up to, but once I did I realized just how good a composer Sibelius was. And this recording is still tops in my book -- no other that I've heard takes it this fast (unlike many Essential Classics releases, there are no cuts anywhere on this CD, so the shortened time IS due to tempo here), and the wonderful melodic hooks and clashing harmonies all over this piece just light up under Ormandy's baton.
If there's any complaints, it's that the sound seems a bit odd. This is most noticable in Finlandia and Valse Triste, but the winds seem a bit more overbearing than normal. A minor complaint though, and in fact seems oddly appropriate in the Valse. I can safely recommend this disc, even if you already own the recording of Pohjola, to both Sibelius newbies and vets.
Sibelius es un compositor de elite, genial y sus obras estan destinadas a impresionarnos ya sea en la grandeza de lo patriotico, en la finura sentimental de sus conciertos o en la magia sin igual de sus fantasias y leyendas. Pero nada de esto seria reconocido si no esta la magnificencia de un gran director y la perfeccion de una gran orquesta, y eso es lo que este CD contiene perfeccion y grandeza, Finlandia es completamente impresionante, grandiosa, me deja sin aliento, la mejor version, Karajan, Colin Davis y hasta Järvi quedan atras porque escucharan lo mejor de lo mejor.
Le siguen para impresionar la sutil y grandiosa En Saga, El vals triste, El cisne de Tuonela y la menos apreciada y por mi admirada suite Karelia, esta alla marcia es sublime.
Para añadir al conjunto el mas bien ponderado Leonard Bernstein se hace cargo de La hija de Pohjola en una gran version.
Es de Sibelius un CD imperdible con las mejores versiones disponibles de estas obras.
All performances by E. Ormandy and his Philadelphia Orchestra, except Pohjola's Daughter. This symphonic poem performed by Bernstein and perhaps the best Sibelius recording of Bernstein (actually he recorded all symphonies with NYP)
As it is, Ormandy's "Finlandia" is best (with Charles Mackerras' recording with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).
What a music and what a interpretation?! The Sound of Philadephia is excellent on this from start to finish. Especially, I like that, the wind ensemble (especially brass) are amazing in "Allegro".
Valse triste is one of the best compositions by Sibelius, no doubt, and this performance is very effective, emotional...
Karelia is very good, especially Intermezzo (1st movement) is superb. This piece is short and pure. This is a tale about a haunting scene at Middle Age
In other words: this CD is very highly recommended