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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5

Minnesota Orchestra

Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5

...striking passages
BIS-SACD-1986 (BIS Records)
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1
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: I. Allegretto

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: I. Allegretto

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Osmo Vanska
Band Minnesota Orchestra
09:11 Play $3.40
2
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: II. Tempo andante, ma rubato

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: II. Tempo andante, ma rubato

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Osmo Vanska
Band Minnesota Orchestra
16:28 Play $6.85
3
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: III. Vivacissimo

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: III. Vivacissimo

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Osmo Vanska
Band Minnesota Orchestra
05:47 Play $3.40
4
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: IV. Finale: Allegro moderato

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: IV. Finale: Allegro moderato

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Osmo Vanska
Band Minnesota Orchestra
14:38 Play $5.10
5
Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato

Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Osmo Vanska
Band Minnesota Orchestra
13:13 Play $5.10
6
Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto

Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Osmo Vanska
Band Minnesota Orchestra
08:35 Play $3.40
7
Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: III. Allegro molto - Largamente assai

Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: III. Allegro molto - Largamente assai

Composer Jean Sibelius
Conductor Osmo Vanska
Band Minnesota Orchestra
08:54 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 77 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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The Sibelius expert Robert Layton presents the Second Symphony as ‘the symphony by which many music lovers find their way to Sibelius', and quotes the composer in a comment about symphonic form: ‘a river with innumerable tributaries feeding it before it broadens majestically and flows into the sea'.

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Beginning in the early 1990s, seminal recordings with Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra of tone poems and the seven symphonies stood at the forefront of a new interpretative approach to the composer's music. 

'[the Minnesota's] sound is huge and polished with rich strings, flaring brass and mellow winds, clearly recorded in first-rate SACD surround sound...[the Fifth] is fairly speedy, but well-paced and imaginatively phrased. The first movement's hollowed-out string passages beneath upfront woodwind make for typically atmospheric Vanska, while the concluding accelerations are obvious but impressive.'  BBC Music Magazine

'The sheer polish of the Minnesotans is a source of pleasure...' Financial Times

'...Vanska handles the opening movement's compound structure even better than before and the finale is just right, with irresistable forward momentum...Thore Brinkmann's superb sound reproduces with exceptional clarity every nuance of a finely balanced orchestral picture' Gramophone

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