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SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 2 / Belshazzar's Feast Suite / Karelia Suite (excerpts) (Kajanus Conducts Sibelius, Vol. 2) (1930-1932)

Composer(s):Sibelius, Jean
Artist(s) Kajanus, Robert, Conductor • London Symphony OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.111394
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Offered a grant in 1930 to broaden international interest in Finnish music through recordings made in London, Jean Sibelius did not hesitate in his choice of a conductor, writing that “there are none who have gone deeper and given [my symphonies] more feeling and beauty than Robert Kajanus”. These thrilling recordings remain a critical reference today, with Kajanus seen as “Sibelius’s most eloquent and perceptive champion…listening to the Second Symphony one senses the extraordinary feeling Kajanus had for the organic nature of Sibelius’s symphonic thought” (Gramophone). Including the exotic and enticing Belshazzar’s Feast and patriotic Karelia suites, this is the second of three volumes containing

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Review By Jean-Charles Hoffelé,Diapason,May 2013

La voix de son maître

Sibelius ne s’est pas trompé en déléguant à Robert Kajanus le soin d’enregistrer sa musique. Entre 1928 et 1932, ce dernier grave un ensemble unique, d’une urgence et d’une exactitude sidérantes. Le voici.


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