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Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 / Karelia Suite
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 / Karelia Suite (Decca 480 6568)
SKU: 16105
AU $8.95

Label: Decca Cat. No.: 480 6568 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1
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Pierre Monteux often bemoaned the fact that he was associated with the French and Russian repertoires, to the exclusion of music from outside of those traditions. He could hardly help it; after all, it was Monteux who conducted the first and famously chaotic performance of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps in 1913. Nevertheless, he recorded all of Beethoven's symphonies (some of them more than once) and all of Brahms's, with the exception of the Fourth. He made only one recording of Sibelius's Second. This came late in his career, in 1959, and was the only commercial recording he made of this composer's music. Monteux conducts the score with evident affection, and with a lush romanticism that suggests the Mediterranean more than the cold waters of the Baltic Sea.

Receiving its first international release on CD is Lorin Maazel's recording of the Karelia Suite, made around the same time as his Vienna Philharmonic Sibelius cycle. Together with Monteux's Sibelius Second, it is one of the most-requested reissues from the Decca catalogue.

"well-paced and finely-conceived ... fresh recording quality and admirable body" - [Symphony] Gramophone.

"I have been impressed by the sheer quality of the sound. It is bright without being overlit, rich without being excessively opulent, clean without being clinical: it is remarkably vivid and lifelike, a tribute to the Decca engineers of the day ... The Vienna Philharmonic plays superbly well and Maazel's reading of the Karelia Suite has an authentic flavour and has genuine atmosphere" - [Karelia Suite] Gramophone.

A Decca Eloquence CD.

To be released on 16 November 2012.

Composers: Sibelius.
Conductors: Lorin Maazel, Pierre Monteux.
Orchestras: London Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker.
Tracks: JEAN SIBELIUS (1865-1957)

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 45
London Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Monteux

Karelia Suite, Op. 11
Wiener Philharmoniker
Lorin Maazel
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 16105
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 480 6568
Price: AU $8.95   

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