Sibelius

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Forgive me, 'Tagalie'.

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It's a pain when you've heard a particular moment in a piece that sounds exactly right, and thereafter those few bars become the thumbs up/down for every other performance you come across.

One of those moments for me is the piano entry in Brahms 1. Having heard Curzon do it, entering without fuss or pomp but with solid, quiet confidence, every other pianist has it wrong to my ears even though the rest of his performance isn't my favourite.

Sib 1 does sound a bit to Tchaikovskian to my ears now, nearly 50 years after first hearing it. But it also sounds unmistakeably Sibelian.

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How about Adrian Leaper's versions of some of the symphonies on Arte Nova with the Orquestra Filharmonica de Gran Canaria? I think the performance of the fifth is particularly fine.

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Hello, I am new to this - I am in the process of looking for Sibelius recordings that truly bring out what he was feeling at the time of writing.The choices I have are as follows:

Sir John Barbirolli - Sibelius Edition on EMI - Halle -

Herbert Von Karajan - Symphonies 4 - 7 on DG - Berliner PO

Okko Kamu - Symphony 2 on DG - Berliner

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Wondering why nobody's mentioned Ormandy/Philadelphia among their selections? They had such a long history with Sibelius.  And then there's their performance of the Violin Concerto with Oistraikh. Nobody a fan? Or is it just that these are old LPs, therefore far away from the new new thing?  

 

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Choice! And trawling the Sibelius threads here (I'm new) I find myself lost for it. Am searching : a recording of Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 that conveys the icy Tundra, doesn't gallop off at ridiculous speed, is at best conducted by a Finn or other Scandinavian and guarantees exquisite pianissimo where called for delivering all the while that unique intensity of emotion characteristic of Sibelius. I heard a recent recording on Musiq3 (Belgian classical channel) not so long ago but cannot trace the reference. I will get in touch with the radio in case it is able to fill the knowledge gap, in which case the info will be posted here. Thank you for reading this request and for any pointers.

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You might try listening to and watching the performance of Okko Kamu and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra on classiclive.com.

Bliss
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About 17 hours ago I tried to answer the post above but was told a moderator would have to approve it. Well, time has gone by, other posts have been made since then, so I guess mine is floating around some where. Another try:

For a Sibelius 2nd I think you will like go to classiclive.com. There you can listen to and watch a performance by the Finnish conductor Okko Kamu conducting the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. To access it, click on "Performances" at the top of the home page, and then scroll way down until you reach the site.

Bliss
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I agree, DrinkWine. Ormandy & the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, capture the deep mystical underbelly of Sibelius work like no other. In my own humble opinion Ormandy & the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra "own" and perform the  music in a way like no others do!

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ThePen. wrote:

I agree, DrinkWine. Ormandy & the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, capture the deep mystical underbelly of Sibelius work like no other. In my own humble opinion Ormandy & the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra "own" and perform the  music in a way like no others do!

Doh...I  should have said the Philadelphia 

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