Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 5 -
|1. Tempo Molto Moderato - Utah Symphony Orchestra|
|2. Andante Mosso, Quasi Allegretto - Utah Symphony Orchestra|
|3. Allegro Molto - Utah Symphony Orchestra|
|4. Allegro Molto Moderato - Utah Symphony Orchestra|
|5. Allegro Moderato - Utah Symphony Orchestra|
|6. Poco Vivace - Utah Symphony Orchestra|
|7. Allegro Molto - Utah Symphony Orchestra|
|8. Adagio - Un Pochetto Meno Adagio - Vivacissimo - Adagio - Allegro Molto Moderato - Allegro Moderato - Vivace - Presto - Adagio - Largamente - Utah Symphony Orchestra|
|1. Pohjola's Daughter - The London Philharmonic Orchestra|
|2. Nightride And Sunrise - The London Philharmonic Orchestra|
|3. Oceansides - The London Philharmonic Orchestra|
|4. The Swan Of Tuonela - The London Philharmonic Orchestra|
|5. Finlandia - The London Philharmonic Orchestra|
|6. Tapiola - The London Philharmonic Orchestra|
Symph. n°5 op.82, n°6 op.104, n°7 op.105 - Poèmes : La Fille de Pohjola, op.49 - Océanides, op.73 - Le Cygne de Tuonela, op.22 - Tapiola, op.112 - Finlandia, op.26 / Utah Symphony Orch., dir. Maurice Abravanel - London Philharmonic Orch., dir. Adrian Boult
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But the second CD in this bargain two-fer contains really commendable readings of Sibelius tone poems from Adrian Boult and the London Phil. The sound is mostly clear and warm, especially considering that the date was 1956. Boult is at his best--alert, never heavy, always moving the line forward. I found myself engaged all the way through, and even though an admirer of Karajan's Sibelius, I must admit that by being more small-sacled and somewhat rough, Boult's readings might be closer to what the commposer probably had in mind.
Many listeners will like Abravanel's low-key Sibelius better than I do, which would make this set a great bargain, especially at Amazon Marketplace prices.
I find Abravanel's Sibelius compeling. It brings out exciting differences, and that, at least for me, a Sibelius fan who tries to hear every Sibelius recording out there, means something. The sonics are very good (as they always were with this team). The only quibble is the lack of sophistication by the string section. But we knew that already.
What I find inadequate is the Boult. His take on Sibelius does not make me forget these are MONAURAL 1956 recordings. That means something for me in Sibelius music. Only conductors such as Barbirolli, Beecham or Stokowski make me forget the sonics. Here, I do not feel the music "opening up" and saying something beyond the limitations of the sound. Could it be that this comes from a transcript of a good Mono LP? I swear I heard some clicks that remind me of my "record" days. Knowing already what shabby work this company (Artemis) has done with other issues, I would not be surprised.
I hope Mr. Solomon is enjoying his time up in heaven and does not look down to see what music marketing incompetents are doing with his productions.
For example, the recordings of Sibelius symphonies 1, 3 and 4, recorded in May 1977 at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, are included in this Bach Guild release:
Little Big Sibelius Box
Presumably the remaining performances will also be released by the Bach Guild, perhaps in a 'Volume 2' version of their 'Little Big' box.
I have these as part of the above mentioned Bach Guild release, and am enjoying them now. For those able to enjoy music in download form, it is an excellent way to obtain these (and many other) great recordings.