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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

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>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
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Notes & Reviews:

Following the success of their recordings of Sibelius' 'Night Ride and Sunrise', 'Belshazzar's Feast Suite' and 'Kuolema' (NXS 8570763) - "top-notch performances" (Fanfare) - and 'Scènes historiques I & II' and 'King Christian II Suite' (NXS 8570068) - "polished and involving... handsomely true and atmospheric sound" (Gramophone) - talented young Finnish-born Pietari Inkinen conducts the internationally acclaimed New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in poetic and sweeping performances of his compatriot's Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3. This is the first volume in a new Naxos series.

"With this disc they start a cycle of the symphonies, and meet the challenge with a sensitivity and mellow charm that often eludes more virtuoso orchestras...the performance [of No. 1] has atmosphere and character. And by coupling it with the Third, Inkinen underlines the huge shift in creative thinking that separates the two works." -Financial Times ****

"Inkinen seems a conductor of bold, sure-footed intelligence, and on this evidence the New Zealand orchestra is a fine, responsive unit, too. In the First Symphony, Inkinen is more successful than I've ever heard before in purging the work of Tchaikovsky's influence...It's a fierce, sometimes confrontational approach...but certainly a valid and exciting one." -The Guardian ****

"This enigmatic piece [the Fourth]...demands both sombre mystery and striking sunlight in its first movement, and Inkinen does evoke them successfully if slowly, with some fine brass playing. The scherzo's lightness turns appropriately feverish in the trio." -BBC Music Magazine ***

New Zealand Listener
Other than his underwhelming climaxes in No 1, Inkinen hits the mark with all other six. It says much of him and the NZSO that this is one of the most consummate versions in a competitive market for Sibelius's most popular symphony. It's the same with his No 3. String detail is crisp even in the difficult viola writing in the first movement. There is an interesting inverse correlation between popularity and greatness in Sibelius, which reaches its peak in No 4, to my mind his greatest work, yet his least popular. Clarity is to the fore, too, in the popular No 5, with crisp woodwind detail and the swaggering positivity of what Donald Tovey called "Thor swinging his hammer" in the finale. The self-effacing No 6, with its pastoral serenity almost hiding its intellectual subtlety, is so modest it sounds chamber orchestra-like much of the time. No 7's powerful contraction of thought creates a sense of scale well beyond its 20-minute time frame.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (03/02/2009-03/05/2009).



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>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
  • Conductor: Pietari Inkinen
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (03/02/2009-03/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1899

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
  • Conductor: Pietari Inkinen
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (03/02/2009-03/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904-1907