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 13
Size: 2.03 GB + 261 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.3 In C Major, Op.52 (1907)||(29:15)|
|A2||Andantino Con Moto, Quasi Allegretto||9:41|
|A3||Moderato. Allegro (Ma Non Tanto)||9:01|
|Suite From “King Kristian II”, Incidental Music, Op.27 (1898)||(25:35)|
|B1||Nocturne. Molto Moderato||7:40|
|B2||Elegie. Andante Sostenuto||5:23|
|B4||Serenade. Moderato Assai (Quasi Menuetto)||4:43|
|B5||Ballade. Allegro Molto||5:14|
Analyzed folder: /192k Sibelius – Symphony No. 3 – King Kristian II – Jaervi
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -2.97 dB -21.92 dB A1 Symphony No.3 In C Major, Op.52 (1907) – Allegro Moderato.aif
DR14 -9.44 dB -28.11 dB A2 Symphony No.3 In C Major, Op.52 (1907) – Andantino Con Moto, Quasi Allegretto.aif
DR13 -1.08 dB -20.07 dB A3 Symphony No.3 In C Major, Op.52 (1907) – Moderato. Allegro (Ma Non Tanto).aif
DR14 -1.15 dB -20.96 dB B1 Suite From “King Kristian II”, Incidental Music, Op.27 (1898) – Nocturne. Molto Moderato.aif
DR13 -10.00 dB -29.01 dB B2 Suite From “King Kristian II”, Incidental Music, Op.27 (1898) – Elegie. Andante Sostenuto.aif
DR10 -13.32 dB -27.62 dB B3 Suite From “King Kristian II”, Incidental Music, Op.27 (1898) – Musette. Allegretto.aif
DR15 -3.41 dB -23.14 dB B4 Suite From “King Kristian II”, Incidental Music, Op.27 (1898) – Serenade. Moderato Assai (Quasi Menuetto).aif
DR14 -1.65 dB -19.93 dB B5 Suite From “King Kristian II”, Incidental Music, Op.27 (1898) – Ballade. Allegro Molto.aif
Number of files: 8
Official DR value: DR13
- Composed By – Jean Sibelius
- Conductor – Neeme Järvi
- Design – Robert von Bahr
- Edited By, Producer – Robert von Bahr
- Engineer – Michael Bergek
- Layout – William Jewson
- Orchestra – The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra*
- Sleeve Notes – Erik Tawaststjerna
- 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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