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Sibelius: 7 Symphonies - Berglund

Sibelius: 7 Symphonies - Berglund

Tower Records Definition Serie  TDSA-33/36 (4 discs)

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Sibelius: 7 Symphonies, Spring Song, The Swan of Tuonela, Karelia Suite, Valse Triste, Serenades* 1 & 2, Humoreske No. 5*, Tapiola, Finlandia

Ida Haendel* (violin)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Berglund (conductor)

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Comment by Luketsu - June 25, 2017 (1 of 6)

My favourite Sibelius cycle on SACD! Looks great! But it's a pity that the quadraphonic recordings to be released in stereo only... When this will be available through Amazon?

Comment by hiredfox - June 25, 2017 (2 of 6)

I had the very great privilege to attend many of these performances live in the 1970's, most assuredly they were analogue recordings. I still have the original vinyl recordings in mint condition and they still sound wonderful Berglund brought an essentially cold "Finnish" quality to these works which in my view has never been matched. As many will know Berglund researched these works painstakingly, making many minor alterations and corrections to the original scores that were subsequently incorporated in his performances.

Of course, the Bournemouth Symphony was not then the force it is today under Karabits and some may find a relative lack of precision and untidiness in the playing a little irksome by today's standards but Berglund was quite the disciplinarian and managed to get their limited best out of his orchestra.

There must be a cautionary note. Subsequently, in the late 1980's the recordings we're released in RBCD format, the sounds of which were frankly dreadful. It must be hoped that these SACD are sourced from the original analogue tapes and not the subsequent 44.1/16 transcriptions. Does anybody have insight on this?

Comment by Luketsu - June 26, 2017 (3 of 6)

Thank you for your interesting reply, hiredfox. According to tower.jp these are 96/24 remasterings using the original analogue tapes as a source.

Here's the tracklist:

Disc 1
Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Disc 2
Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5

Disc 3
Symphony No. 3, Spring Song, The Swan of Tuonela, Karelia Suite, Valse Triste, Serenades Nos. 1 & 2, Humoreske No. 5

Disc 4
Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7, Tapiola & Finlandia

Comment by hiredfox - June 27, 2017 (4 of 6)

Thanks Luukas , that is really good news.

Comment by Luketsu - June 30, 2017 (5 of 6)

Available at tower.jp from 9504¥. Any possibilities for Amazon.uk link or cheaper price?

Comment by hiredfox - August 8, 2017 (6 of 6)

After years of lobbying my local orchestra - as a long time member and supporter - on the merits of recording in hi-res and SACD, it is pleasing to report that in a new exclusive recording collaboration with Chandos the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kirill Karabits will release its first SACD disc of recent times in September 2017. A small victory for common sense but what a pity their recent excellent Prokofiev Symphony set was released only as RBCDs on Orfeo.

I make no great claim to having altered the mindset of this orchestra alone, surely many others will have encouraged a change in thinking in the hi res age but naturally it is a move that absolutely delights me. Right now the orchestra is enjoying a new golden age under their Ukrainian maestro and are genuinely approaching world class so we can all look forward to this venture with excitement..