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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 / Osmo Vanska, Minnesota Orch.

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> Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 - I. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico
> Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 - II. Andante (ma non troppo lento)
> Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 - III. Scherzo: Allegro
> Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 - IV. Finale (quasi una Fantasia): Andante - Allegro molto
> Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63 - I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
> Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63 - II. Allegro molto vivace
> Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63 - III. Il tempo largo
> Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63 - IV. Allegro

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Financial Times, 25th May 2013
On a technical level it sounds impeccable. The polished string sonority, allied to trim woodwinds and meaty brass, gives the performances a completely different atmosphere to VSnskS's first Sibelius cycle with the Lahti Sinfonia.

The Guardian, 30th May 2013
VSnskS's approach now seems more interventionist; he's less willing to let the music to unfold at its own pace, urging it forward. While that certainly results in a thrilling account of the First Symphony, it does make the brooding opening of the Fourth and some of its later climaxes seem contrived and stage-managed.

The Times, 27th April 2013
Exceptional: incredibly tense and energetic, yet teeming with detail. The orchestral sound, lithe and sparse, suits VSnskS's unsentimental approach. Look elsewhere if you want romantic bloom, but I find these crouching-tiger interpretations thrilling.

MusicWeb International, 12th June 2013
VSnskS's latest thoughts on Sibelius are certainly worth hearing.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2013
Another instalment in Osmo VSnskS's next-generation Sibelius cycle, turning from the poetic Lahti orchestra to the full-blooded Minnesota sound. And full-blooded the First certainly is...Altogether, VSnskS's new interpretations, sturdy and intense rather than richly Romantic, offer persuasive alternatives in a crowded market.



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39
  • Performer: Burt Hara (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Minnesota Orchestra
  • Running Time: 34 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1899

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 4 in A minor, Op. 63
  • Performer: Anthony Ross (Cello)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Minnesota Orchestra
  • Running Time: 38 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910-1911