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Sibelius: The Symphonies; Violin Concerto; Luonnotar, Op. 70; Valse Triste; Pohjola's Daughter; Tone Poems / Bernstein, New York PO [7 CDs]

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
>Sibelius, Jean : Luonnotar, Op. 70
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
>Sibelius, Jean : Pohjola's Daughter (Pohjolan tytär), symphonic fantasy for orchestra, Op. 49
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105
>Sibelius, Jean : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47
>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55
>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
>Sibelius, Jean : The Swan of Tuonela, tone poem for orchestra (Lemminkäinen Suite no 3), Op. 22/3
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Leonard Bernstein regarded Finnish composer Jean Sibelius' music as one of the key turning points in the development of the 20th century symphony. Bernstein's advocacy for Sibelius' works goes back to the time of his association with his mentor, Serge Koussevitzky, with whom he studied at Tangelwood in 1940. Bernstein's Sibelius was "warm like the sun" rather than a more orthodox evocation of cold northern soundscapes. He once called Sibelius "a great and strange kind of genius." Sibelius' centenary year, 1965, brought a flurry of activity. In New York, Bernstein conducted all of his symphonies in a single season. By this time, he was already well into his recorded Sibelius cycle, which began in 1961 with the Fifth Symphony and completed in 1967 with the Sixth.

Along with all seven symphonies, Bernstein - Sibelius: Remastered Edition also contains Bernstein's recording of Sibelius' Violin Concerto with French virtuoso Zino Francescatti, Valse triste, The Swan of Tuonela and a thrilling performance of Pohjola's Daughter, with words from the Kalevala (the Finnish national epic) with American soprano Phyllis Curtin. The 7-CD box set also features Bernstein's only recording of Grieg's Peer Gynt Suites, however it's the Sibelius symphonies that are the principle attraction. This stunningly well-played, first completed stereo cycle has lost none of its freshness and authority in the half century since it was recorded.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (01/10/1967); New York City, Manhattan Center (01/10/1967); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (01/10/1967); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (01/10/1967); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (01/10/1967/01/31/1967); New York City, Manhattan Center (01/10/1967/01/31/1967); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (01/10/1967/01/31/1967); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (01/10/1967/01/31/1967); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (01/15/1963); New York City, Manhattan Center (01/15/1963); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (01/15/1963); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (01/15/1963); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (01/23/1962); New York City, Manhattan Center (01/23/1962); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (01/23/1962); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (01/23/1962); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/01/1966); New York City, Manhattan Center (02/01/1966); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (02/01/1966); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (02/01/1966); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/16/1965); New York City, Manhattan Center (02/16/1965); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (02/16/1965); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (02/16/1965); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (03/08/1973); New York City, Manhattan Center (03/08/1973); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (03/08/1973); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (03/08/1973); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (03/14/1967); New York City, Manhattan Center (03/14/1967); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (03/14/1967); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (03/14/1967); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (03/27/1961); New York City, Manhattan Center (03/27/1961); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (03/27/1961); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (03/27/1961); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (03/28/1960); New York City, Manhattan Center (03/28/1960); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (03/28/1960); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (03/28/1960); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (05/01/1964); New York City, Manhattan Center (05/01/1964); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (05/01/1964); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (05/01/1964); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (05/09/1967); New York City, Manhattan Center (05/09/1967); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (05/09/1967); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (05/09/1967); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (05/16/1966); New York City, Manhattan Center (05/16/1966); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (05/16/1966); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (05/16/1966); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (10/18/1965); New York City, Manhattan Center (10/18/1965); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (10/18/1965); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (10/18/1965); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (10/19/1965); New York City, Manhattan Center (10/19/1965); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (10/19/1965); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (10/19/1965); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (12/08/1969); New York City, Manhattan Center (12/08/1969); New York City, Philharmonic Hall (12/08/1969); New York Ciyt, Philharmonic Hall (12/08/1969).



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 36 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1899

>Sibelius, Jean : Luonnotar, Op. 70
  • Performer: Phyllis Curtin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1913

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 43 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 26 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904-1907

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 39 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 32 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1919

>Sibelius, Jean : Pohjola's Daughter (Pohjolan tytär), symphonic fantasy for orchestra, Op. 49
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 12 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 26 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 22 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924

>Sibelius, Jean : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47
  • Performer: Zino Francescatti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 28 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1903-1904

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26
  • Performer: Zino Francescatti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Running Time: 21 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1864-1867

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Notes: New York City, Philharmonic Hall (01/10/1967/01/31/1967)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Notes: New York City, Philharmonic Hall (01/10/1967/01/31/1967)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900

>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1904

>Sibelius, Jean : The Swan of Tuonela, tone poem for orchestra (Lemminkäinen Suite no 3), Op. 22/3
  • Performer: Thomas Stacy (Oboe d'amore)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 9 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893