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SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 (New Zealand Symphony, Inkinen)

Composer(s):Sibelius, Jean
Artist(s) Inkinen, Pietari, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572305
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Following the success of their recordings of Sibelius’s Night Ride and Sunrise, Belshazzar’s Feast Suite and Kuolema (8.570763)—‘top-notch performances’ (Fanfare)—and Scènes historiques I & II and King Christian II Suite (8.570068)—‘polished and involving…handsomely true and atmospheric sound’ (Gramophone)—talented young Finnish-born Pietari Inkinen conducts the internationally acclaimed New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in poetic and sweeping performances of his compatriot’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3. This is the first volume in a new



Review By Ian Dando ,New Zealand Listener,February 2012

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Review By Record Geijutsu,May 2011


Review By Donald R Vroon,American Record Guide,January 2011

There is something wrong with every recording of Symphony 1. Hardly anyone is as romantic as Barbirolli (EMI), but the Halle Orchestra sounds very crude. So does Stokowski’s English orchestra. So does the New York Philharmonic—and Bernstein is just too impetuous and impatient. Maazel’s Pittsburgh recording has perhaps the best orchestral playing and sound on records, but he seems rather subdued much of the time. Colin Davis is too cold. Esa-Pekka Saraste is wonderfully bracing and very Northern, but could use a little more warmth. And so it goes.


Review By Andrew Achenbach,Gramophone,December 2010

Performances of integrity that augur well for the remainder of this symphony cycle

Pietari Inkinen’s two previous Sibelius anthologies for Naxos (3/08, 2/09) were full of insight, and the same holds true for this first instalment in a new cycle of the symphonies (will it, I wonder, include Kullervo?). As before, the young Finn draws playing of infectious zeal from the NZSO (what an accomplished band they have become in recent years), and his cannily paced and scrupulously prepared readings have much in their favour: intelligence, tastefulness and honesty are the watchwords here.



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