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SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 (Minnesota Orchestra, Vanska)

SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 (Minnesota Orchestra, Vanska)

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release date: March 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio Master

Artists:

Minnesota Orchestra


Vanska, Osmo


Osmo Vanska

Conductor

Venue:

Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA



Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 76:46
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JEAN SIBELIUS

     
 

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

 
1 I. Allegretto 9:11
2 II. Tempo andante, ma rubato 16:28
3 III. Vivacissimo - 5:47
4 IV. Finale: Allegro moderato 14:38
     
 

Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82

 
5 I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato 13:13
6 II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto 8:35
7 III. Allegro molto - Largamente assai 8:54
     
 Osmo Vanska Conductor
 Vanska, Osmo


It was with performances and recordings of the music of Jean Sibelius, his great compatriot, that the Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä first attracted the attention of a wider international audience. Beginning in the early 1990s, seminal recordings with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra of tone poems and the seven symphonies became synonymous with a new interpretative approach to the composer’s music, with words such as ‘clarity’, ‘intensity’ and ‘freshness’ reappearing in review after review. Vänskä has remained true to Sibelius (and BIS), and recordings made by him over the past 20 years form the backbone of the label’s newly completed Sibelius Edition, but in the meantime his international career has also flourished, including a highly successful partnership with the Minnesota Orchestra. On disc this has resulted in an acclaimed cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies, and most recently with a recording of Bruckner’s Fourth (‘Romantic’) Symphony, which in Pizzicato Magazine was described as ‘exceptional… without doubt one of the finest recordings of the work…’ Now, some 15 years after the appearance of his previous cycle of Sibelius’s symphonies, Vänskä has returned to the works in recording, and with his Minnesota players he has recorded the first disc in a new cycle. The Sibelius expert Robert Layton, in his introduction to the programme, presents the Second Symphony as ‘the symphony by which many music lovers find their way to Sibelius’, and in his discussion of the Fifth he quotes the composer himself, in a comment about symphonic form: ‘a river with innumerable tributaries feeding it before it broadens majestically and flows into the sea’.
 

                         Recording of the Month

"...Vänskä brings out a huge amount of detail simply by the following the composer’s instructions, and this is a feature of both performances ... orchestral balance is impeccable, and Vänskä is very attentive the composer’s frequently surprising orchestral choices... fearless performances from Vänskä, magnificently played by the Minnesota Orchestra, recorded in astonishing detail by the BIS engineers, and accompanied by an authoratitive note by Robert Layton ..."
                       "Superb performances - these go straight to the top of my list."

William Hedley - MusicWeb-International.com - July 2012


                      ****     Excellent

 

Giuseppe Rossi - Musica magazine - May 2012


"...This disc reaffirms Vänskä as the most perceptive among living Sibelians by underlining these works’ adherance to symphonic tradition while emphaziing the  radical qualities making them essential to is continuation. "

Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - April 2012





*****
The recording and performance are first class. The problem was with the website and downloading. There was no feedback to tell me that the download had completed successfully. I had to download each track and then close the browser and open again to start the next track. I then discovered that the tracks were not complete. There would be no indication of anything wrong till you play back the music and realise the track cuts short and was not fully downloaded. Very poor site and management of the system. Very disappointed Ray Wood
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