Many many thanks to Mats for another rare gem of the swedish audiophile label BIS
Neeme Jarvi’s partnership with the Gothenburg orchestra is “a living legend in Nordic music” – Daily Telegraph (London). All the Sibelius masterpieces from a superb orchestra that he himself conducted. He has the measure of Sibelius’s northern sensibilities, but doesn’t overdo the bleakness; on the other hand, there is a forthrightness, even a toughness to his interpretations that well suit a composer who fairly early in his career turned rather decisively from lush romanticism to a more restrained neo-classicism.
Audiophile factor: VERY HIGH!
Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.79 GB + 238 MB
(Review is for the almost complete Sibelius-Symphonic-Works-Box)
Järvi knows this music inside out, yet conveys the freshness of new discovery even in such hackneyed works as the Second Symphony, *Finlandia*, and the *Swan of Tuonela*. He has the measure of Sibelius’s northern sensibilities, but doesn’t overdo the bleakness; on the other hand, there is a forthrightness, even a toughness to his interpretations that well suit a composer who fairly early in his career turned rather decisively from lush romanticism to a more restrained neo-classicism. Thus Järvi resists overplaying the rhetoric in the finale of the Third and the Fifth, while he vividly evokes the chilly landscpes of the Sixth, Seventh and *Tapiola* (whose central “storm” episode is as terrifying as one could wish, even if, at a rather brisk tempo, it doesn’t build as inexorably as Karajan’s stunning EMI account). I also appreciated Järvi’s headstrong but nuanced First and Second, which convey a sense of eager anticipation that make them sound newly-minted.
A generous serving of tone poems and shorter orchestral works, including the *Four Legends* (but regrettably not the *Kullervo Symphony*), benefit from Järvi’s crisply articulated rhythms and cleanly delineated textures. *Night Ride and Sunrise* sweeps one along in a whirlwind of passion–yet it is passion under control, and that is exactly right for Sibelius. *Andante Festivo* is as haunting as one could wish. *Luonnatar* is spectacularly well sung, and it’s cosmic vision is communicated with extraordinary vividness.
|Symphony No.1 In E Minor, Op.39||(38:38)|
|A1||Andante, Ma Non Troppo – Allegro Energico||11:09|
|A2||Andante (Ma Non Troppo Lento)||9:47|
|B2||Finale (Quasi Una Fantasia) Andante. Allegro Molto||11:23|
Analyzed folder: /192k Sibelius – Symphony No. 1 – Finlandia – Jaervi
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -1.37 dB -20.97 dB A1 Symphony No.1 In E Minor, Op.39 – 1, Andante, Ma Non Troppo – Allegro Energico.aif
DR15 -0.94 dB -21.48 dB A2 Symphony No.1 In E Minor, Op.39 – 2, Andante (Ma Non Troppo Lento).aif
DR16 -0.58 dB -23.16 dB B1 Symphony No.1 In E Minor, Op.39 – 3, Scherzo. Allegro.aif
DR16 -1.09 dB -21.39 dB B2 Symphony No.1 In E Minor, Op.39 – 4, Finale (Quasi Una Fantasia) Andante. Allegro Molto.aif
DR14 -0.67 dB -19.36 dB B3 Finlandia, Op.26-7.aif
Number of files: 5
Official DR value: DR15
- Composed By – Jean Sibelius
- Conductor – Neeme Järvi
- Engineer [Recording] – Michael Bergek
- Layout – William Jewson
- Liner Notes – Prof. Erik Tawaststjerna
- Liner Notes [English Translation] – John Skinner
- Liner Notes [French Translation] – Arlette Chené-Wiklander
- Liner Notes [German Translation] – Per Skans
- Orchestra – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
- Photography By [Cover Photo] – Göran Algård
- Photography By [Orchestra Photo] – Harry Nicolaisen
- Producer, Edited By [Digital Editing], Design [Album Design] – Robert von Bahr
- Typography [Type Setting] – Marianne von Bahr
Recording equipment used: Sony PCM-100 digital recording equipment, 4 Neumann KM83 & 1 Neumann SM69 microphones, Swedish radio mixer, Sony tape.
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
Cartridge: ZYX 50R Bloom
- Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Große Vorstufe, Erste Frankfurter Röhrenmanufaktur (Tube)
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.
- Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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