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Sibelius, Frank Peter Zimmermann, John Storgårds, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Jean Sibelius : Violin Concerto / The Bard / The Wood Nymph FLAC album

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Violin Concerto In D Minor, Op. 47
Violin, Soloist – Frank Peter Zimmermann
(30:23)
1 I. Allegro moderato 15:09
2 II. Adagio di molto 08:17
3 III. Allegro ma non tanto 06:57
4 The Bard, Symphonic Poem, Op. 64
Harp, Soloist – Anni Kuusimäki
08:08
5 The Wood Nymph, Symphonic Poem, Op. 15 24:05

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – Finlandia Hall
  • Made By – Arvato Digital Services – 54200251

Credits

  • Booklet Editor – Jean-Christophe Hausmann
  • Composed By – Jean Sibelius
  • Conductor – John Storgårds
  • Engineer – Enno Mäemets
  • Executive-Producer – Reijo Kiilunen
  • Harp, Soloist – Anni Kuusimäki (tracks: 4)
  • Liner Notes – Vesa Sirén
  • Orchestra – Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Producer – Seppo Siirala
  • Violin, Soloist – Frank Peter Zimmermann (tracks: 1-3)

Notes

Official release : http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=ODE1147-2
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Total Playing Time: 01:02:36
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REVIEW :
David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, August 2010
Frank Peter Zimmermann offers a fresh and exciting view of the Violin Concerto, less sentimental than some, with swift tempos, and in particular a dazzlingly quick finale. His phrasing is sometimes a touch angular, particularly in the first movement, and this usually works well, putting an arresting slant on tunes we feel we’ve heard a million times before. Only the very opening misfires a bit: yes, it’s marked mezzo-forte, but it’s also marked “dolce ed espressivo”, and Zimmermann’s somewhat wiry tone is neither. But as soon as the performance settles down, about a minute in, it’s smooth sailing and very enjoyable listening.

The couplings further elevate the claims of this release on your purse. Neither work is very well known. The Bard, contemporaneous with the Fourth Symphony, is one of Sibelius’ most elusive tone poems: beautiful and sad, with its elegiac harp solo and climactic brass calls. The Wood Nymph has had only one previous recording, an excellent one from Vänska and the Lahti Symphony. The newcomer uses the recently published critical edition—the work was neither revised nor printed in Sibelius’ lifetime, though it’s a vintage piece from the same period as En Saga, to which it bears some resemblance. I secured a copy of the manuscript while working on my Sibelius book, and it’s an absolute mess as Sibelius left it. Hopefully publication of a clean text will allow the piece to become as popular as it deserves to be.

John Storgards, now music director of the Helsinki Philharmonic, conducts all of this music with unaffected mastery. It goes without saying that the orchestra knows the music (although The Wood Nymph remains a novelty), but they play superbly nonetheless. Like his predecessor, Leif Segerstam, Storgards is himself a violinist, and few composers benefit more from having a string player on the podium—not so much for the tunes, but in getting the sections to articulate those typically Sibelian, “cross-hatched” accompaniments that propel the music forward and energize its textures. The engineering is generally excellent, particularly in the concerto, although a touch dry in the bass. This one’s a keeper.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 761195114728
  • ASIN: B003T68VYO
  • Label Code: LC 3572
  • Matrix / Runout: 54200251/ODE1147-2 21
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LB 50
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0775
  • Rights Society: BIEM
  • Rights Society: n©b
  • SPARS Code: DXD

Sibelius, Frank Peter Zimmermann, John Storgårds, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Jean Sibelius : Violin Concerto / The Bard / The Wood Nymph FLAC album

Musician performer: Sibelius

Title: Jean Sibelius : Violin Concerto / The Bard / The Wood Nymph

Date of release: 2010

Style: Classical

Genre: Classical

Size FLAC: 1595 mb

Rating: 4.9 / 5

Votes: 556

Other Formats: WMA DXD MPC MIDI DTS VOC WMA

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