Related Links


Recommended Links

Give the Composers Timeline Poster



Site News

What's New for
April 2014?

Site Search

Follow us on
Facebook    Twitter

Affiliates

In association with
Amazon
Amazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon Japan

ArkivMusic
CD Universe

HBDirect

JPC

ArkivMusic

Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

CD Review

Jean Sibelius

Naxos 8.554266

Symphony #2

  • Symphony #2 in D Major, Op. 43
  • "The Tempest" Suite #1, Op. 109 #2
Iceland Symphony Orchestra/Petri Sakari
Naxos 8.554266 68m DDD
Find it at AmazonFind it at Amazon UKFind it at Amazon GermanyFind it at Amazon CanadaFind it at Amazon FranceFind it at Amazon Japan

We begin our gradual survey of Petri Sakari's Sibelius cycle with this typically unfussy and mannered reading of the Second. The young Icelandic conductor carefully avoids bombast and theatricality in an interpretation that is quite charmingly non-indulgent. The Icelandic strings are superb in the Andante ma rubato and little touches of woodwind solos are very typically Scandinavian. You will find none of Collins (Beulah/Decca) retouchings in the Finale that is as earthbound as possible.

Add this to a characterful and pensive 'Tempest' Suite with a very beautiful Oak Tree and a rousing storm, and you have an excellent starter disc for this Sibelius cycle.

Copyright © 2001, Gerald Fenech

Trumpet