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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 11:45 am    Post subject: Pietari Inkinen conducts Sibelius Reply with quote

I managed to catch some recordings of live concerts yesterday broadcast by BBC radio in which young Finnish maestro Pietari Inkinen directed the New Zealand S. O. in some Sibelius symphonies. Having enjoyed his two Naxos Cd's [Nightride and Scenes historiques etc] plus a superb En saga with BBC P.O. I had high hopes of some fine Sibelius.

Symphony No. 3

This began at just the right pace for me. I was impressed by Inkinens overall grasp of this symphonies architecture, he related the parts to the whole and the New Zealand orchestra responded with some fine playing. Inkinen remarked before the performance that the orchestra produces a much more romantic sound in Sibelius than Finnish orchestras. The second movement was idiomatic and convincing. Inkinen was quicker than Kajanus, Vanska and C. Davies but not as fast as either A. Collins or Kurt Sanderling. I timed the movement at 9'-25'' as against Kamu with Helsinki Radio S.O. at 10'-18'' or Paul kletzki with Philharmonia at 8'-44''. The cellos solo midway answered by woodwind was rapt and moving. The finale is challenging to pull off and I thought that the march like theme in the second half did not quite dominate the proceedings, though the recording engineer may not have helped.
A competent third then, but not in the Vanska-Segerstam league yet.

Symphony No.6

I enjoyed this account of No.6 enormously. That elusive second movement [neither fast or slow] was near perfect and what lovely woodwind playing in the last part. Inkinen impressed me deeply in the finale [one of the masters greatest] The opening broad and measured [Vanska and Davies to much in a hurry here] the storm section could have been more violent, the timpani rather tame! but that glorious coda was heart wrenching. A performance of considerable stature.

Symphony No.7

Inkinen has the measure of the ebb and flow of this remarkable symphony, the very opening was purposeful and arresting. For me, the trombone did not dominate enough at each of its three appearances [recording engineer?] the final pages were impressive but Inkinens final chords sounded slightly low key with the brass subdued. All in all these performances reveal that Inkinen is maturing into a Sibelian of considerable stature. Despite the odd quible about this detail or that, his Sibelius has a 'rightness' about it and I look forward to his future recordings.--kp

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I first heard about this a year ago in Finland courtesy of Andrew B, and I am happy to see this news is finally a reality...

Naxos has announced that its first recording in the new Inkinen/New Zealand symphony cycle will be released next month.

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Inkinen's two Naxos recordings so far have been stupendous, so I have very high hopes for this cycle. Can't wait for next month...

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"....the trombone did not dominate enough at each of its three appearances [recording engineer?]"

Maybe the player?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harri M wrote:
"....the trombone did not dominate enough at each of its three appearances [recording engineer?]"

Maybe the player?


Well thats possible Harri but more likely this was how Inkinen wanted it. In my view the trombone must increasingly dominate the proceedings at each of its three appearances. But crucially the trombone must sound through rather than over the orchestra. In this respect Inkinen's performance succeeded.--kp

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok. By the way, he`ll be conducting here on this starting week here in Tampere

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The YLE critic was disappointed with the 2nd
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I managed eventually to get the whole Inkinen set. I enjoyed the non symphony discs most. I think the tracks and program were excellent on those.

YLE also has some archives and interviews, but there was nothing of major interest. The same ones have mostly made it to Youtube. And the interviews may be in Finnish. Plus many are blocked for N America.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed (though I don't yet have the 4+5). The first two discs, with assorted orchestral pieces, had a lot of good things. The symphonies sounded as if they weren't quite ready to commit to disc - if he had waited another few years, the interpretations would have been much finer. Some cautious tempos (No.1/III) don't help, nor does the dreadfully feeble timpani balance (Tapkaara's 'wimpy timpy' exemplified). Does anyone know a less invigorating Finlandia than this one?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recently I listened to Inkinenís recording of the Fifth with his New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Itís a Fifth like a mild and sunny morning in spring. Bright sound, lightweight textures, high-level transparency. The orchestral playing made an excellent impression on me. When the strings have tremolo in background, you donít hear some diffuse murmuring, but clearly defined playing. I heard many surprising details in these sections.

I missed the symphonyís conflicts. I wish that the contrasts between friendly and menacing sections are worked out more clearly. The latter ones are too tamely played, for instance the second subject in the first movement or the near-chaos before the breakthrough of the first subject in the trombones. The same holds for the dissonant version of the swan hymn played by the trumpets near the end of the symphony. With these tamed dissonances in mind, the emotional balance of the work has been shifted to the lovely side.

Anyway, I think it is a very good recording that it worth hearing it. Because of its clearness and brightness. If you are tired of Bernsteinís emotional exhibitionism of his Vienna Sibelius recordings, you will get clear spring water from New Zealand. Which brings me back to the mild and sunny morning in spring.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I have the 4+5 as well. Totally agree with Wallflower's perceptive remarks. Sibelius + E flat major = magic!

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