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J. Sibelius Audio CD

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3.0 out of 5 stars Technical Aspects Make the Great Music Making Suffer Nov. 10 2007
By B. R. Merrick - Published on Amazon.com
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I am rapidly buying up everything that Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony have recorded of Sibelius's vast orchestral repertoire. Their performance on this CD is more proof that they rank the highest, surpassing many of the greatest orchestras and conductors in their brilliant interpretation. As always, the brass are incisive and powerful, the strings precise, and the woodwinds colorful. The difficulties normally associated with Sibelius's ambiguous rhythms and complicated phrasing are handled with tremendous dexterity and acumen.

Unfortunately, and for some unknown reason (as this piece was recorded in one of the same places by the same technical crew as all the others), the strings and French Horns are muted throughout. The normally crisp and clear technical aspects of other Vänskä/Lahti recordings are absent, leaving the listener to believe that this is some out-of-date, inferior recording.

I am sincerely hoping that they give this suite another go. And soon. For now, I recommend Eugene Ormandy's interpretation with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing sound quality Oct. 7 2009
By SBeckmesser - Published on Amazon.com
Most disappointing. I have to agree with the 2007 review. I've listened to this recording both in this release and in its incarnation in the Essential Sibelius compilation, also from BIS. Heard over my reference-quality headphones, the string tone is quite annoyingly nasal compared to the vast majority of orchestral recordings even to other recordings from these performers (such as the Sibelius symphonies, also on BIS). Given the importance of the strings in Sibelius orchestrations, there are other, better-sounding recordings of these pieces that serve the music much better, such as the bargain box of the complete tone poems conducted by Neeme Järvi(Deutsche Grammophon).
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine 1999 recording April 5 2014
By Tero - Published on Amazon.com
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If you do not find this, wait for later in 2014 (may), BIS is releasing a newer recording by the same conductor and orchestra.

This disc is special in having some manuscript early versions as well. You can only get those from a BIS box set now.

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