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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have returned after a number of years to Georg Tintners live performance of Sibelius seventh coupled with Beethoven's third. Of course at 24'-57 this is a spacious account. I now regard it as one of the finest performances on disc. For starters, the noble trombone theme that appears three times during the course of the work has tremendous definition and majesty. It really does shine through the various textures, somewhat akin almost to a divine vision. Listening again to this recording I found myself discovering hitherto unknown elements in the score. Tintner was born in Vienna and was a member of the Vienna Boys Choir for four years. The maestro who died in 1999 was recognised as a notable Bruckner exponent and some of that Masters epic qualities can be traced in the Sibelius. Look out for this Naxos Cd 8.557238 Symphony Nova Scotia. this is a great Sibelius 7--kp

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2015 is of course the big 150 of Sibelius and Nielsen. Its also the same anniversary of another fine composer, who sadly seems to have been largely ignored-- I speak of Alexander Glazunov [1865-1936] The Russian wrote some highly attractive music. I've been playing 'The Seasons' and the fourth symphony under Rozhdestvensky--kp

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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Mighty perfomances!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kullervopete wrote:
I have returned after a number of years to Georg Tintners live performance of Sibelius seventh coupled with Beethoven's third. Of course at 24'-57 this is a spacious account. I now regard it as one of the finest performances on disc. [...] Look out for this Naxos Cd 8.557238 Symphony Nova Scotia. this is a great Sibelius 7--kp

I heartily concur! I've come to the conclusion that with the Seventh, other things being equal, slower is always better. I wonder what the older notorious slow-poke Celibidache would've made of it.

Thanks for the recommendation, Pete.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moldyoldie wrote:
kullervopete wrote:
I have returned after a number of years to Georg Tintners live performance of Sibelius seventh coupled with Beethoven's third. Of course at 24'-57 this is a spacious account. I now regard it as one of the finest performances on disc. [...] Look out for this Naxos Cd 8.557238 Symphony Nova Scotia. this is a great Sibelius 7--kp

I heartily concur! I've come to the conclusion that with the Seventh, other things being equal, slower is always better. I wonder what the older notorious slow-poke Celibidache would've made of it.

Thanks for the recommendation, Pete.


Yes indeed Moldy, Celibidache did a superb fifth symphony and I wonder if any tape exists of the maestro in No.7. I do recall a performance of the Sibelius seventh some years ago in which Neeme Jarvi traversed this great work in just over 18' ! The music needs to breath--kp

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A fantastic sibelian conductor (of the old school).

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last evening I played Sibelius's Seventh Symphony in a broadcast performance from the Royal Festival Hall, London on 8th March, 1963. Sir Adrian Boult conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orch. I have not played this disc for some years and the interpretation knocked me for six. For once everything seemed so right and I thought that the trombone contribution was up with the finest I have ever heard. I think that Boult was much underrated as a Sibelian, somewhat in the shadows of Beecham and Barbirolli. If you ever come across this disc, then grab it! --kp

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just played Vaughan Williams Fifth Symphony with Andre Previn conducting the London SO. This is part of a box set containing all nine symphonies plus Violin Concerto, Bass Tuba Concerto and Wasps Overture. Its some years since I heard the VW Fifth but it always makes a deep impression. This great work was of course dedicated to Sibelius [without permission] as the original dedication confessed. Vaughan Williams is always his own man, but I can feel the influence of the Finnish Master and especially the Sixth and Seventh Symphonies. Some of the material for VW's Fifth was taken from his unfinished Opera 'The Pilgrims Progress'. The third movement is marked 'Romanza' Lento' and the oboe repeats its opening notes with similar effect to the trio in the Sibelius No.2. As the Symphony draws to a close, VW imparts a sense of glowing light and a serenity not far removed from Sibelius's Sixth Symphony. It is known that Sibelius was very moved by VW's Symphony and dedication during the second World war.--kp

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