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 14
Size: 2.23 GB
(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.
|A1||Symphony No.7 In C, Op.105||20:44|
|Incidental Music To “Kuolema” (Death)|
|A2||Valse Triste, Op.44 No.1||5:14|
|B1||Scene With Cranes, Op.44 No.2||6:00|
|B3||Valse Romantique, Op.62b||3:52|
|B4||Night-ride And Sunrise, Op.55||15:32|
Analyzed folder: /192k Sibelius – Symphony No. 7 – Jaervi
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR16 -0.51 dB -22.51 dB A1 Symphony No.7 In C, Op.105.aif
DR13 -5.08 dB -24.28 dB A2 Incidental Music To ‘Kuolema’ (Death) – Valse Triste, Op.44 No.1.aif
DR15 -7.86 dB -30.23 dB B1 Incidental Music To ‘Kuolema’ (Death) – Scene With Cranes, Op.44 No.2.aif
DR12 -13.05 dB -30.40 dB B2 Incidental Music To ‘Kuolema’ (Death) – Canzonetta, Op.62a.aif
DR13 -2.87 dB -21.57 dB B3 Incidental Music To ‘Kuolema’ (Death) – Valse Romantique, Op.62b.aif
DR15 -0.18 dB -21.71 dB B4 Night-ride And Sunrise, Op.55.aif
Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR14
- Composed By – Jean Sibelius
- Conductor – Neeme Järvi
- Orchestra – The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
- Producer – Lennart Dehn
- 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: Audio Research SP15 own tube phono section
- 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
- 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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