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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5 / Osmo Vanska

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>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, April 2012
[The Minnesota's] sound is huge and polished with rich strings, flaring brass and mellow winds, clearly recorded in first-rate SACD surround sound...[the Fifth] is fairly speedy, but well-paced and imaginatively phrased. The first movement's hollowed-out string passages beneath upfront woodwind make for typically atmospheric Vanska, while the concluding accelerations are obvious but impressive.

Financial Times, 18th February 2012
The sheer polish of the Minnesotans is a source of pleasure, but it was the voyage-of-discovery energy and temperament that made VSnskS's work in Lahti so distinctive, defining a new age of Sibelius interpretation. VSnskS is now older: his Sibelius has become smoother and, yes, more conventional.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2012
So how do Nos 2 & 5 compare with their Lahti equivalents? They are every bit as compelling and intelligently realised...Vanska handles the opening movement's compound structure even better than before and the finale is just right, with irresistable forward momentum...Thore Brinkmann's superb sound reproduces with exceptional clarity every nuance of a finely balanced orchestral picture.

The Guardian, 22nd March 2012
Under VSnskS's leadership, the Minnesota Orchestra has moved into the top echelon of US bands. But these symphonies need a leaner, less self-regarding sound, while VSnskS's performances seem to have broadened and coarsened, too. There are some striking passages.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (06/2011).



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Minnesota Orchestra
  • Running Time: 45 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Running Time: 31 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1919