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Rosbaud/Berlin’s Fantastic Non-Symphonic Sibelius

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If you are a newcomer to Sibelius’ music beyond his seven symphonies, look no further than this disc, without doubt the most exciting, direct and idiomatic non-symphonic Sibelius ever recorded.  Hans Rosbaud, along with Herr von Karajan, was one of the greatest German exponents of Sibelius’ music in the post-war years, and Continue reading

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Colin Davis’ Boston Sibelius


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Colin Davis’ Boston Sibelius, recorded in the mid-1970s, has been extremely well received critically, though from the surface of things it’s hard to see why.  It’s certainly not the best played of Sibelius cycles–the Boston sound is never as refined as what Seiji Ozawa would extract a few years later with his Mahler recordings, and  Continue reading

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Karajan’s Last Sibelius for EMI, Now on Warner

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The recordings featured here are Karajan’s last Sibelius recordings, recorded from 1976 to 1981.  Compared to his earlier recordings, be it with the Philharmonia for EMI in the 1950s, or the late 1960s/early 1970s for DG, this set arguably represents Karajan’s Sibelius interpretation at its tried-and-true best. Continue reading


Soft and Bloated: Segerstam’s First Sibelius Cycle

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If you think Maazel’s Vienna Sibelius cycle, reviewed last week, is too driving and hard-edged for your taste, consider this set which is at the exact opposite of the spectrum.  Segerstam opts for a rich, rounded sonority, almost completely without edges or crudeness, and he draws an Continue reading