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Sibelius: The Seven Symphonies

Wiener Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel

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Symphony No.1 in E Minor, Op.39  
1.1
I. Andante ma non troppo - Allegro energico
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
10:48
1.2
II. Andante (ma non troppo lento)
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
8:36
1.3
III. Scherzo. Allegro
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
4:57
1.4
IV. Finale (Quasi una fantasia)
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
11:55
Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.43  
1.5
I. Allegretto - Poco allegro - Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo al allegro
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
9:50
1.6
II. Tempo andante, ma rubato - Andante sostenuto
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
13:06
1.7
III. Vivacissimo - Lento e suave - Largamente
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
6:06
1.8
IV. Finale. Allegro moderato
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
14:17
Symphony No.3 in C Major, Op.52  
1.9
I. Allegro moderato
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
9:27
1.10
II. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
8:16
1.11
III. Moderato - Allegro (ma non tanto)
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
8:47
Symphony No.4 in A Minor, Op.63  
1.12
I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
10:20
1.13
II. Allegro molto vivace
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
4:05
1.14
III. Il tempo largo
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
9:06
1.15
IV. Allegro
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
9:17
Symphony No.5 in E-Flat Major, Op.82  
1.16
I. Tempo molto moderato - Largamente - Allegro moderato
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
12:06
1.17
II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
7:14
1.18
III. Allegro molto
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
8:12
Symphony No.6 in D Minor, Op.104  
1.19
I. Allegro molto moderato
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
8:32
1.20
II. Allegretto moderato
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
4:07
1.21
III. Poco vivace
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
3:06
1.22
IV. Allegro molto
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
8:46
1.23
Symphony No.7 in C Major, Op.105
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
21:24
Karelia Suite, Op.11  
1.24
I. Intermezzo. Moderato
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
3:40
1.25
II. Ballade. Tempo di menuetto
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
6:30
1.26
III. Alla marcia. Moderato
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
4:14
1.27
Tapiola, Op.112
Jean Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel
19:05
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    4:05:49
"... largely quick and often exciting ... wonderful, gripping, beautifully paced performances, played with unusual precision ... the Viennese sound surprisingly idiomatic ... (Maazel) is remarkably consistent and at the top of his form and that means just about as good as anyone can be." - ClassicsToday.com Sibelius’s reputation rests chiefly on his magnificent symphonies, seven spectacular creations, all with their particular points of grandeur and originality. Lorin Maazel’s complete set of the symphonies, released between 1963 and 1968, met with widespread acclaim and is still considered by many critics to be the reference version of the cycle. Particularly praised is the Fourth Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic’s only recording of the work. Decca has gone back to the original tapes to create definitive remastered transfers, an unprecedented opportunity to hear these legendary performances in the best possible audio quality.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Decca/London Studio Masters

This title is a high-resolution digital transfer of material originating from an analogue recording. It may be limited in bandwidth and dynamic range by the technology available at the time of its original creation and is offered as a high-quality documentation of a historical release. 24-bit / 96 kHz remastering (P) 2015 Decca Music Group Limited Producers: Erik Smith (Nos.2–7; Karelia Suite; Tapiola); John Culshaw (No.1) Recording engineer: Gordon Parry Recording location: Sofiensaal, Vienna, 27 & 28 March 1963 (Karelia Suite), 16–20 September 1963 (No.1), June 1964 (No.2), 15–28 February 1966 (No.7), March 1966 (No.5), March 1968 (Nos.3 & 6), 20 March–16 April 1968 (No.4; Tapiola) 24-bit / 96 kHz remastering: Ian Jones at Abbey Road Studios, London Publishers: Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag (Nos.1, 2 & 4; Karelia Suite; Tapiola); Robert Lienau Musikverlag (No.3); Edition Wilhelm Hansen (Nos.5–7) Originally released as SXL 6084 (No.1; Karelia Suite), SXL 6125 (No.2), SXL 6236 (Nos.5 & 7), SXL 6364 (Nos.3 & 6), SXL 6365 (No.4; Tapiola) Notes & translations © 1972/1976 (Notes on the Symphonies), 2003 (Notes on Tapiola & Karelia Suite), 2015 (Introduction) Decca Music Group Limited Remastering by Ian Jones Cover: original cover artwork for boxed set SXLE 6558-61. Portrait of Jean Sibelius (1897) by Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Ainola-Järvenpää) Booklet photos (except p.21): Decca/Elfriede Hanak Product management, editorial & art direction: WLP Ltd Decca product management: Edward Weston

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