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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 Hybrid SACD - DSD

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It's entirely possible that the Minnesota Orchestra was the most talked-about American orchestra in 2013 - despite the fact (or, regrettably enough, probably because) the musicians did not play a single concert in their home hall, due to a lockout that began in October 2012. This entry was meant to be just the latest installment in what was to be a complete cycle with Minnesota and their widely beloved, now former artistic director, Osmo Vanska. However, it will probably be their swan song.
Even leaving aside the unfortunate timeliness of this release, the Minnesotans' traversal of Sibelius' First and Fourth Symphonies would still be a treasure. Vanska is a Sibelius expert (he's already made a complete cycle of his fellow Finn's symphonies with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra), but the band from Minneapolis proves not only that they are up to par - they set the bar. These are recordings brimming with vigor and grace. --Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR Songs of 2013

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  • Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Composer: Jean Sibelius
  • Audio CD (March 12, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: BIS
  • ASIN: B00B7B0W7W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By T. E. Layman on April 25, 2014
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This recording of the Sibelius First Symphony strikes me as being head and shoulders above the competition. The Fourth is nearly as well interpreted and performed. I am so utterly pissed at the ignorant board of the Minnesota Symphony for locking out the players for 16 months! Thank goodness they did finally get the Chairman and his henchmen to resign and have re-signed Osmo Vanska for a 2 year contract (why so short??). It will take some time to bring the players to the level they had achieved before this fiasco, but then we can have the remainder of the Sibelius symphonies! Well, with that off my chest I will just say that anyone who enjoys the music of Jean Sibelius really needs to add this CD to their collection; it is absolutely superb.
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This planned but now sadly derailed cycle by Vänskä and Minnesota has been among the best romanticized, big band offerings of Sibelius's symphonies on record, worthy to stand alongside Berglund's and Bernstein's first cycles and Segerstam's second, Nonetheless, this disc and the one with the 2nd and 5th are well worth your time, even if, like me, you prefer the leaner approach of Vänskä's first cycle, Berglund's last, or Blomstedt/SFS.

These days, thanks to services like Mog and Spotify, there's no need to rely on reviewers' impressions to decide whether to buy. Listen for yourself first and then decide whether it deserves a spot on your shelf.
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Beautiful presentation by the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vanska.
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I found this music very beautiful. I am new to classical music so my review is not based on any knowledge of classical music.
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