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SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 2 / Karelia Suite (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 8.572704
Label Naxos
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The Guardian has praised Pietari Inkinen as ‘a conductor of bold, sure-footed intelligence’ and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as ‘a fine, responsive unit’ (Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3, 8.572305). This third volume in Naxos’s new series presents the dramatic and highly popular Symphony No. 2, which emerges from the northern mists, cultivating a pastoral atmosphere along the way, to reach a grandiose, heroic finale. One of Sibelius’s best loved compositions, the Karelia Suite presents a series of musical tableaux based on stirring episodes from Finnish history.


   



Sweeping and Romantic Rendering of Sibelius’ Best
Review By AB108883,June 2011

The Sibelius Symphony #2 opens with a beautiful and melodic woodwind passage, and the entire symphony continues in that pleasant vein. As the short liner notes state, the symphony is meant to bring to mind the land of Finland, and it easily succeeds. The middle two movements are bit too “romantic” for my taste, but the final movement, with the bass background driving the glorious theme, is fantastic. The Karelia suite also put on this CD is quite light and fun. It sounds like sleigh bells ringing along on a winter voyage through the woods.



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 Riccardo Cassani, Musica,June 2011

L’integrale di Pietari Inkinen prosegue con la pubblicazione della più famosa della opera orchestral di Sibelius: la ~ e c i n d aS infonia. In questo nuovo CD troviamo gli stessi pregi e i medesimi limiti gii riscontrati nella recensione della Quarta e della Quinta Sinfonia. Inkinen caratterizza la Sinfonia n. 2 in maniera estremamente lirica, evitando con convinzione di porre l’accento sulle caratteristiche più epiche dells composizione. Questo va a beneficio di passaggi come il solo del violoncello nella seconda sedone del Vivacissirno, ma a scapito dei passaggi pih intensamente drarnmatici del second0 movimento dove a tratti si pu6 notare anche una certa scolasticiti del fraseggio legata

Le pagine della Suite Karelia, meno univeialmente note e meno impegnative dal punto di vista musicale risultano pih convincenti. L’approccio morbid0 dell’interpite non nuoce ai due movimenti estremi, mentre la Ballata risulta al megho grazie alla qualità del canto otternutadal podio. Confermo quindi il netto salto di qualiti rispetto alla precedente iniegrale a catalogo Naxos (firmata da Leaper), ma se dovessi consigliare una edizione di riferimenti a cui rivolgersi per la Seconda Sinfonia la scelta cadrebbe sulla ristampa Testament della bellissima registrazione realizzata da John Barbirolli con la Royal Philharmonic Orchestra per la Selezione dal Reader’s Digest nel 1962. Un’esecuzione travolgente magnificata da una presa del suono eccezionale firmata dal tecnico RCA Kenneth Wilkinson nella mitica Walthamstow Town Hall di Londra.

La registrazione di questa nuova produzione Naxos, effettuata nel 2008 a Wellington, si caratterizza con uno spettro di fiequenze insolitamente amvio e un rilievo timbrico di particolare qualiti plastica, ma non particolamente incisivo in barticolare nella restituzione forse troppo morbida delle fiequenze pih gravi (che per6 non sono fuori controllo). Owiamente con queste premesse la resa dinamica non pu6 essere molto incisiva nella micro dlnamiche, mentre la forcella della macro-dinamiche risulta hen realizzata. Il palcosenico sonoro risulta sutficientemente delineate e dettagliato.

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