Collins / LSO: Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

# Composers: Jean Sibelius
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Anthony Collins
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13, DR 12, DR 14, DR 14, DR 14, DR 14
# Label: Decca | 0289 478 8497
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (8.75GB), 24-bit/96kHz (4.19GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.04GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

From the label:

High on the list of requests for reissues from Decca are conductor Anthony Collins’s recordings of Sibelius’s Symphonies. Collins’ 1952-55 Sibelius cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra for Decca has acquired something of a cult status over the decades. It was the first collection of Sibelius’ complete symphonies, performed by one orchestra and conductor. Decca proudly presents these recording, 150 years after the birth of Jean Sibelius and 60 years after the completion of this pioneering project, now reissued in a six-LP set for the very first time. Lovingly remastered from the original mono tapes.

Recorded between 1952 and 1955, these ffrr (full frequency range recording) recordings from the mono era represent the first complete collection of the Sibelius symphonies. The project was initiated by Victor Olof, a legendary Decca producer, who had the foresight to select one of the prominent conductors of the past century, Anthony Collins.

Due in equal parts to the transparency and depth of Decca’s ffrr technique, and the precision and excellence of the London Symphony’s playing, Collins recordings reveal the sheer wonder of the scores shifting textures that prior recordings could not capture. Combined with Collins sense of excitement and inspiration, these recordings form a set of historical significance that has stood the test of time.

Track Listing:

Side One
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op.39 (cont.)
01 – Andante, ma non troppo – Allegro energico
02 – Andante (ma non troppo lento)

Side Two
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op.39 (conc.)
03 – Scherzo (Allegro)
04 – Finale (Quasi una fantasia)

Side Three
Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.43 (cont.)
01 – Allegretto – Poco allegro – Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo al allegro
02 – Tempo andante, ma rubato – Andante sostenuto

Side Four
Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.43 (conc.)
03 – Vivacissimo – Lento e suave – Largamente
04 – Finale (Allegro moderato)

Side Five
Symphony No. 3 in C, Op. 52
01 – Allegro moderato
02 – Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
03 – Moderato – Allegro (ma non tanto)

Side Six
04 – Symphony No. 7 in C, Op.105

Side Seven
Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63 (cont.)
01 – Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
02 – Allegro molto vivace
03 – Il tempo largo

Side Eight
Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63 (conc.)
04 – Allegro

05 – Pohjolas Daughter, Op.49

Side Nine
Symphony No. 5 in E flat, Op.82 (cont.)
01 – Tempo molto moderato – Largamente – Allegro moderato
02 – Andante mosso, quasi allegretto

Side Ten
Symphony No. 5 in E flat, Op.82 (conc.)
03 – Allegro molto

04 – Nightride and Sunrise, Op.55 (1909)

Side Eleven
Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op.104 (cont.)
01 – Allegro molto moderato
02 – Allegretto moderato
03 – Poco vivace

Side Twelve
Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op.104 (conc.)
04 – Allegro molto

Pelléas et Mélisande – Incidental Music to Maeterlinck’s play, Op.46 (1905)
05 – Mélisande
06 – Mélisande at the Spinning Wheel
07 – Intermezzo
08 – The Death of Mélisande

Mastered at Optimal from the original analogue source
Lacquers cut by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios
Limited, numbered six LP set – only 2000 sets

Additional info can be found here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5
Milty Pro Zerostat 3

Mono rig:
Music Hall MMF-7.1
– Music Hall Cruise Control 2.0
– Music Hall cork mat
Ortofon 2M Mono SE
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
RME Hammerfall 9632 ADC

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only), iZotope RX3

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27 thoughts on “Collins / LSO: Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

  1. Got them down; now tomorrow and Sunday some good quiet time to listen. Will get back to you after that. Just now grateful for the privilege you give us to test out this version of Sibelius.
    Many thanks,

  2. Thanks very much for the rip and the FLAC16. Nice to have everything in one archive! Well, almost one! Really appreciate these great sounding LP’s!

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