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  Topic: Pietari Inkinen conducts Sibelius
Andrew B

Replies: 8
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PostForum: Performances   Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:02 am   Subject: Pietari Inkinen conducts Sibelius
Now I have the 4+5 as well. Totally agree with Wallflower's perceptive remarks. Sibelius + E flat major = magic!
  Topic: Berlin Phil & Simon Rattle's symphony cycle release
Andrew B

Replies: 5
Views: 506

PostForum: Recordings   Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:58 am   Subject: Berlin Phil & Simon Rattle's symphony cycle release
How are the timpani in No. 1? Hopefully good and strong...

In Rattle's Barbican cycle I was disappointed especially by No. 3: the first movement was out of control and the slow movement was way too ...
  Topic: Who wrote Coppelia
Andrew B

Replies: 3
Views: 279

PostForum: Humour   Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:53 am   Subject: Who wrote Coppelia
...the five year old Sibelius composing a ballet....

Yeah, I don't think he was quite up to composing Scaramouche by that time. 'Tant Evelinas liv i toner'?
Andrew B

Replies: 2
Views: 267

PostForum: Announcements   Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:49 am   Subject: WELCOME BACK TO THE SIBELIUS FORUM
Yes, absolutely, great that it's up and running again Smile
  Topic: Osmo Vänskä quits Minnesota Orchestra
Andrew B

Replies: 22
Views: 1690

PostForum: Performances   Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:55 am   Subject: Osmo Vänskä quits Minnesota Orchestra
Recording this year, release in 2016, as far as I can ascertain.

But before that, Okko Kamu's set will be released in early autumn.
  Topic: Sir Simon Rattle Sibelius Symphony Cycle 2015
Andrew B

Replies: 9
Views: 1841

PostForum: SIBELIUS 2015   Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:53 am   Subject: Sir Simon Rattle Sibelius Symphony Cycle 2015
A mixed bag, I thought. Rattle demanded the agility of a Spitfire, the orchestra responded like an Airbus A380. Both mighty fine planes but not necessarily a good mix.
Andrew B

Replies: 11
Views: 1702

PostForum: Announcements   Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:33 am   Subject: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Yes, Happy New Year -- and to see it in, have a go at the new Year's Quiz at
(Nothing too demanding!)
  Topic: That "bagatelle" special for you...
Andrew B

Replies: 2
Views: 248

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:57 am   Subject: That "bagatelle" special for you...
Where to start? There are - literally - hundreds of possible candidates, often ignored or rubbished by critics who are too snobbish to appreciate them, or (worse) too idle to listen properly.

A few ...
  Topic: Sibelius One - the new international Sibelius society
Andrew B

Replies: 4
Views: 1196

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:52 am   Subject: Sibelius One - the new international Sibelius society
Great… since Sibelius One began, I've found that one could create an almost constant stream of news and updates. We have to be selective but I hope we make an interesting choice. Forum viewers can mak ...
  Topic: Worst Howlers on Sibelius
Andrew B

Replies: 8
Views: 626

PostForum: Sibelius Literature   Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:45 am   Subject: Worst Howlers on Sibelius
Sibelius could, at times, write as bad music as any other great composer.
Hand on heart, even I would concede that point, to some extent - but NOT with reference to Festivo! Even the sun has spots…
  Topic: 8th December
Andrew B

Replies: 19
Views: 3767

PostForum: Biographical Discussion   Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:38 am   Subject: 8th December
It will indeed. And not always in the ways you expect:

  Topic: Lahti Sibelius Festival 2015
Andrew B

Replies: 7
Views: 1071

PostForum: SIBELIUS 2015   Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:37 am   Subject: Lahti Sibelius Festival 2015
Fingers crossed - I look forward to meeting you there. There will be quite a lot of Forum members present. (Now there's a surprise…)
  Topic: Member Introductions
Andrew B

Replies: 55
Views: 11834

PostForum: Announcements   Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:35 am   Subject: Member Introductions
Excellent! Welcome back. 2015 will indeed be hectic and exciting and rewarding for us all.
  Topic: Sibelius Third - Detroit Symphony - Free Live Webcast
Andrew B

Replies: 4
Views: 453

PostForum: Performances   Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:50 am   Subject: Sibelius Third - Detroit Symphony - Free Live Webcast
Pity about the Dvořák (and of course Stephen Hough is fantastic). But you can't go wrong with B4PC.
Very encouraging to see the Third making an appearance. Such an underrated piece but also har ...
  Topic: [Poll] - Who is your "other" favourite composer?
Andrew B

Replies: 51
Views: 19267

PostForum: General Discussion   Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:44 am   Subject: [Poll] - Who is your "other" favourite composer?
No secret that I'm with EsaTero on this one. As for the nod to Beethoven 9, well yes, that does stay in the memory rather like the taste of mould on a piece of stale bread.
  Topic: Inkinen in Prague
Andrew B

Replies: 0
Views: 216

PostForum: Performances   Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:38 pm   Subject: Inkinen in Prague
So Pietari Inkinen is to become chief conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra for a 3-year contract. Good news for sure -- Kurkikohtaus will have an ally when it comes to programming Sibelius in th ...
  Topic: Letters and articles from my archives
Andrew B

Replies: 20
Views: 1174

PostForum: Sibelius Literature   Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:32 am   Subject: Letters and articles from my archives
Three cheers for tadpoles.
  Topic: February 2014 - Plzenska filharmonie - 4th symphony
Andrew B

Replies: 16
Views: 1082

PostForum: Performances   Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:02 pm   Subject: February 2014 - Plzenska filharmonie - 4th symphony
AT LAST!!! A proper report.
You can get a slightly longer version, will photos, in the members’ area of

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Imagine the scenario: take a decent orchestra that does not ha ...
  Topic: Welcome to Sibelius One
Andrew B

Replies: 4
Views: 527

PostForum: Sibelius One   Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:49 am   Subject: Welcome to Sibelius One
Sibelius One is a society established in September 2014. Its objectives are to advance, improve, develop and maintain public education in and appreciation of the life and work of Jean Sibelius. Member ...
  Topic: Favourite Symphony
Andrew B

Replies: 52
Views: 10565

PostForum: The Symphonies   Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:32 am   Subject: Favourite Symphony
Come to the Lahti Festival 2015 and you'll combine Kamu conducting the Second with the 'live' experience. Best of both worlds…
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