“Bernstein – Sibelius The Symphonies (Remastered Edition)”
|Max Bruch||Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26.|
|Edvard Hagerup Grieg||
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46,
Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55.
Finlandia, Op. 26,
Luonnotar, Op. 70 (Text: Kalevala),
Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49,
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39,
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43,
Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52,
Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63,
Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82,
Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104,
Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105,
The Swan of Tuonela (from Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22),
Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1,
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47.
Phyllis Curtin (Soprano), Zino Francescatti (Violin).
New York Philharmonic Orchestra – Leonard Bernstein.
On the ‘Sony Classical’ label, The Symphonies collects Bernstein’s complete Sibelius recordings, newly remastered from the original analogue tapes using 24 bit / 96 kHz technology in a x7 CD limited original jackets collection. Bernstein regarded Sibelius alongside Mahler as one of “the key turning points” in the development of the 20th century symphony, though his reputation as a Mahler exponent has overshadowed a lifelong dedication to the Finnish composer. In New York in 1965, the Finnish composer’s centenary year, Bernstein conducted all the symphonies in a single season (only his mentor Serge Koussevitzky had done that in the US, three decades earlier in Boston). For his efforts, Bernstein was made a Commander of the Order of the Lion by the president of Finland. This set also contains his recording of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the French virtuoso Zino Francescatti.