Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5
Osmo Vanska & Minnesota Orchestra
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||Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: I. Allegretto||Osmo Vanska & Minnesota Orchestra||9:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: II. Tempo andante, ma rubato||Osmo Vanska & Minnesota Orchestra||16:30||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: III. Vivacissimo -||Osmo Vanska & Minnesota Orchestra||5:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: IV. Finale. Allegro moderato||Osmo Vanska & Minnesota Orchestra||14:59||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato||Osmo Vanska & Minnesota Orchestra||13:20||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto||Osmo Vanska & Minnesota Orchestra||8:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: III. Allegro molto - Largamente assai||Osmo Vanska & Minnesota Orchestra||9:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
This recording changes the way I think about Sibelius. Too many times, conductors get bogged down and it ends up sounding like bad Mahler. Vanska gives these two works a lightness and direction that you rarely see in Sibelius. There's almost a nod to Bruckner and Haydn in the first movement of the 2nd--Vanska pushes through horizontally where a lot of other conductors take time to admire the vertical harmony. The interpretation is similar to Vanska's earlier recording, but this time with a much better orchestra--bravo!
Once this recording cycle is complete, there will be no need for another conductor to ever pick up the score to a Sibelius symphony while in a recording session. The combination of Osmo Vanska with the Minnesota Orchestra is a match made in Heaven for the music of Sibelius. His interpretations are powerful, lush, yet not too romantic. If you already own his cycle recorded while in Finland, this isn't a must-have purchase, but if you're looking to buy your first recordings of these Scandinavian masterpieces, then start here!
Simply the finest! A must own for any classical music lover!