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Symphonies 1-7/Pohjolas Daughter/Kar [Box set, Original recording remastered, Import]

Jean Sibelius Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Finlandia - Symphonic Poem Op. 26 (2000 Digital Remaster)
2. I. Intermezzo
3. II. Ballade
4. III. Alla marcia
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Disc: 2
1. I. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico
2. II. Andante (ma non troppo lento)
3. III. Scherzo (Allegro - Lento (ma non troppo) - Tempo I)
4. IV. Finale: Quasi una fantasia (Andante - Allegro molto)
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Disc: 3
1. I. Allegretto
2. II. Tempo andante, ma rubato
3. III. Vivacissimo
4. IV. Finale (Allegro moderato)
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Disc: 4
1. I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato - Presto
2. II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
3. III. Allegro molto - Un pochettino largamente
4. 1. At the Castle Gate from Pelléas et Mélisande - Incidental music Op. 46 (Suite) (2000 Digital Remaster)
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Disc: 5
1. 1. All' overtura from Scènes historiques I - Suite Op. 25 (2000 Digital Remaster)
2. 1. The Hunt from Scènes historiques II - Suite Op. 66 (2000 Digital Remaster)
3. 2. Scena from Scènes historiques I - Suite Op. 25 (2000 Digital Remaster)
4. 1. The Lover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Collection!!! Jan. 24 2004
By Ravi
Format:Audio CD
I have this set of splendid Sibelius Symphonies for over a year now.I consider myself lucky to have stumbled upon choosing this set ahead of other more "Reputed"performances by TOP Orchestras under Great Conductors.I have been listening to this set for over a year and the least i can say is that it is nothing short of a Revelation.No other conductor or orchestra matches Sir John Barbirolli's understanding and Passionate intensity(sorry Eugene Ormandy,Leonard Bernstein,Mariss Janson)in these performances with the Halle Orchestra.The Halle Orchestra perform splendidly individually as well as collectively,The strings have an intensity ,the woodwinds have an ethereal character and the Brass are quite simply Majestic.Barbirolli brings out the Heroics,the passionate intensity,the poignance,the Mystical quality,the gay abandon and folklike singing quality in these marvellous orchestral works of Sibelius.The pacing is just right ,lingering in passages of great beauty like in the slow movement of the Fifth Symphony,moving with urgency when required.The music is ever flowing in a seamless way and not just pieced together with studied musicianship.The orchestra breathes a free air with an element of spontaneous music making.
Remember how Bruno Walter turned out splendid performances of Beethoven and Brahms Symphonies with a handpicked Columbia sympony Orchestra!Quite the same here.I am yet to listen to Sir Colin Davis Boston Symphony Orchestra's Performances of these works.I am not sure whether they will measure upto this splendid performance by Sir John.It is not about efficiency or discipline.It is all about BEING INSPIRED!!!Sir John Barbirolli and his splendid Halle Orchestra Musicians are on a different plane,the rarefied realms of the spirit!Noble and Sublime.
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To many Sibelians Sir John Barbirolli's 1960's cycle of the complete symphonies with the Halle Orchestra is one of the finest ever recorded. Unlike today's conductors who tend to take a "one size fits all" approach to these works,Sir John takes them on as individual works that should not all be played the same. Tempos for example may be broad in some works and brisk in others. Orchestral detail is also finally balanced. Many of Sibelius' subtle woodwind details that many drown out with the strings are here heard in their proper perspective. Foremost though is the sense of atmosphere and drama that is essential in making these symphonies work. Under Barbirolli they are never lacking. The orchestral works which fill out this generous set are equally well done.Although these recordings have been available by EMI's Japanese susidiary for over a decade this is the first release in the US and Europe of the complete recordings. It was a long time coming but it was well worth the wait!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Sibelius July 27 2001
Format:Audio CD
Besides being a superb interpreter of Delius, Elgar and Vaughan Williams Barbirolli shows himself in this set to be a most worthy Sibelian. Some may complain that his tempi are slow at times but Barbirolli never fails to make these symphonies interesting and often gloriously inspiring. A big plus is the crystal clear sound; you can really hear those woodwinds (so important in Sibelius) and what an impact those cellos make at the beginning of the bleak and somber 4th symphony. There is also a generous allotment of some of the shorter pieces. Whether this is a top choice will depend on the listener but I think it holds its own against some of the top choices out there including Davis--Boston Symphony (Philips Duo) and Ashkenazy--Philharmonia (London).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only Sibelius box you'll ever need? July 24 2002
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"Glorious John" Barbirolli wasn't as well-known for his Sibelius as a couple of other British conductor-knights (Colin Davis and the late Thomas Beecham). But this generous set--all the strictly instrumental symphonies (I don't believe Barbirolli ever recorded the choral symphony "Kullervo"), several of the tone poems, and some of Sibelius' incidental music--shows that he was AT LEAST the equal of Sir Colin or Sir Thomas in this repertoire. And the late '60s recordings still sound fresh today--just like the performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sibelius : THIS IS IT March 1 2013
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If you are lukewarm towards Sibelius except his violin concerto :
Beecham, Karajan, even lately Vanska did not convince you , no more , Barbirolli WILL !!
Barbirolli life time experience (1899-1970) with Halle O (1943-70) shaped to perfection ;
RPO, BPO are no match for these stimulating performances & interpretation .
The 1966 - 70 sound is excellent (remastered 2000) . Truly Sibelius !
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