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SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 (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 8.572227
Label Naxos
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On this second volume of Sibelius Symphonies (Nos. 1 and 3 are available on Naxos 8.572305), the acclaimed young Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen interprets two of his compatriot’s most contrasting symphonies. The Symphony No. 4 is a work of ominous brooding and bleak desolation, reflecting Sibelius’s psychological state at the time of its composition. Sibelius commented of his much-revised and expansively heroic Symphony No. 5 ‘It is as if God the Father had thrown down mosaic pieces from heaven’s floor and asked me to put them back as they were.’


   




Review By Ian Dando,New Zealand Listener,February 2012

SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 (New Zealand Symphony, Inkinen) 8.572305
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 2 / Karelia Suite (New Zealand Symphony, Inkinen) 8.572704
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 (New Zealand Symphony, Inkinen) 8.572227
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 / Finlandia (New Zealand Symphony, Inkinen) 8.572705

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Review By Michael Quinn ,The Classical Review,December 2011

fresh, vivacious accounts of familiar music distinguished by illuminating attention to detail and playing of real verve and feeling…a reading of the Fourth Symphony that enabled “one [to] hear the music with clean ears”, while the Fifth was marked by “dignified, unforced music making.” At the price, an essential disc. © 2011 The Classical Review See complete list



Review By Record Geijutsu,May 2011


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Review By Andrew Mellor,Classic FM,March 2011

The Music Here, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra arrives at the heart of Sibelius’s symphonic oeuvre. The ensemble opens with the chilling Fourth—spawned at the height of the composer’s battle with alcohol and debt—and the searing Fifth, inspired by his glimpsing of a flock of swans soaring upwards from the lake at Järvenpää. No two of Sibelius’s symphonic neighbours pose as striking a contrast as these do.

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