HD-Vinyl 192/96/44 (London) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 4/Luonnotar/Finlandia (Söderström/Ashkenazy)

Another great THANK YOU to Jean-Luc for this gem
If sonic splendour were the sole criterion, Vladimir Ashkenazy’s Sibelius symphony cycle with the Philharmonia would win every prize going. Only the spectacularly natural results obtained by the BIS technicians for Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti SO come close to matching the lustrous realism of these truthfully balanced Decca productions (all except the First and Sixth benefit from the glowing acoustic of London’s much-missed Kingsway Hall). Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra recorded Sibelius’s symphonies and tone poem works in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and they are all excellent performances and highly regarded. I’ve had this particular disc for many years, and have enjoyed it greatly. Penguin continues to include these performances as one of their ‘recommended’ recordings, saying that ‘Ashkenazy by temperament brings out the expressive warmth, colour and drama of the composer rather than his Scandinavian chill, reflecting perhaps his Slavonic background”, going on to say that the recordings “are full and rich as well as brilliant, most of them still of demonstration quality. A rich and strong, consistently enjoyable cycle”. Penguin concludes that they are their top alternative recommendation, following the cycle from Colin Davis (Sir Colin Davis conducts Sibelius)

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vinyl 1981
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: London
DR 15
Size: 1.85 GB/950 MB/211 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF


  Symphony No. 4  
A1 1st. Movt. – Tempo Molto Moderato, Quasi Adagio 9:38
A2 2nd Movt. – Allegro Molto Vivace 4:32
A3 3rd Movt. – Tempo Largo 9:23
B1 4th Movt. – Allegro 9:13
B2 Luonnotar 9:09
B3 Finlandia, Op. 26, No. 7 7:56

Analyzed folder: /192k Sibelius – Symphony No. 4, Luonnotar, Finlandia – Ashkenazy
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR15        -0.96 dB     -23.00 dB     A1 Symphony No. 4 – 1st. Movt. – Tempo Molto Moderato, Quasi Adagio.aif
DR13        -4.97 dB     -24.15 dB     A2 Symphony No. 4 – 2nd Movt. – Allegro Molto Vivace.aif
DR16        -1.98 dB     -25.00 dB     A3 Symphony No. 4 – 3rd Movt. – Tempo Largo.aif
DR16        -0.36 dB     -22.56 dB     B1 Symphony No. 4 – 4th Movt. – Allegro.aif
DR14        -2.03 dB     -22.72 dB     B2 Luonnotar.aif
DR13        -0.74 dB     -17.81 dB     B3 Finlandia, Op. 26, No. 7.aif
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR15


Ripping Info


  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Super 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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