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SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5

Composer(s):Sibelius, Jean
Artist(s) Sakari, Petri, Conductor • Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.554377
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Had one heard either of Sakari’s performance in the concert hall, one would have left feeling very satisfied. Both grip the listener. They are straightforward and unaffected, dedicated and selfless, and free from interpretative point-making. Tempi are for the most part uncommonly well judged, and you feel that Sakari really sees the works as a whole, rather than as a sequence of wonderful episodes. The first movement of the Fifth has splendid breadth, and the transition into the Scherzo section is expertly handled. The Iceland Orchestra may not be in the luxury league but their responses are keen and alert. Moreover, the sound is truthfully balanced and well detailed.

Review By Geoffrey Norris,The Daily Telegraph (Australia),April 2000

"The excellent Naxos survey of Sibelius symphonies continues with a coupling of one of his most assertive and popular-the Fifth-with the lean austere Fourth.
The brooding power at the start of the Fourth Symphony confirms the potency of atmosphere that the Iceland Symphony Orchestra can generate in this music. When the clouds lift with the sunny oboe tune in the second movement, it goes to show just how dark, intense and introspective the interpretations of the opening movement had been. Likewise the fragile, tender beauty of the Largo offers a pool of repose before the craggy, volatile finale. Petri Sakari astutely catches the symphony's fugitive moods in a performance marked by first-rate orchestral playing and compelling creative energy.Even a symphony as well known as



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