HD-Vinyl 24/192 (BIS) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 2 (Järvi)

All thanks for this masterwork go to Mats
Here’s a performance of the Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in the same vein as Berglund’s Helsinki recording, also from the mid-’80s — mostly direct and straightforward, and based on my now extensive listening experience, often seemingly bordering on the impetuous. The allegretto first movement flies by with nary a ponderous moment, but with a great deal of sparkle, vim and vigor. The alacrity makes for a most effective transition to the dramatically downshifted andante second movement; here’s where Järvi and company…

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Vinyl 1984
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: BIS
DR 14
Size: 1.8 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF


…make for some very effective phrasing marked by powerful dynamic variance and providing a most expressive rubato which Sibelius asks for in his labeling of the movement — very nicely done! The vivacissimo third movement bursts out of the starting gate at full throttle with ensemble barely held together by the strings. There’s a very pregnant pause before the beautifully pensive interlude from the winds, then the horserace recommences till the dramatically downshifted winds again sing their song. The difficult extended crescendo building into the finale is marvelously rendered here, held together very nicely. I’ve heard some fairly ragged ensemble playing in this all-important section, but certainly not here! The finale itself is exemplary of how I most like to hear it — unbridled in the forte sections with pointed adherence to the big tune, while momentarily contemplative in the contrasting quieter sections. (For those with an interest in orchestral nuance, I’m hearing the tuba here as emphatically as I ever have in this movement.) Again, the coda builds very dramatically and the symphony is brought home in stirring fashion — indeed, inspiration seemingly exudes from every pore of this performance.


  Symphony Nr. 2 In D Op. 43  
A1 Allegretto 8:48
A2 Tempo Andante, Ma Rubato 13:54
B1 Vivacissimo. Finale. Allegro Moderato 18:55
B2 Romance In C For String Orchestra Op. 42 5:16

Analyzed folder: /192k Sibelius – Symphony No. 2 – Neeme Jaervi
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -1.23 dB     -20.44 dB     A1 Symphony Nr. 2 In D Op. 43 – Allegretto.aif
DR15        -2.99 dB     -23.17 dB     A2 Symphony Nr. 2 In D Op. 43 – Tempo Andante, Ma Rubato.aif
DR13        -1.09 dB     -19.12 dB     B1 Symphony Nr. 2 In D Op. 43 – Vivacissimo. Finale. Allegro Moderato.aif
DR13        -5.32 dB     -23.33 dB     B2 Romance In C For String Orchestra Op. 42.aif
Number of files:    4
Official DR value:    DR14

Recording data: 1983-09-23/24 at the Gothenburg Concert Hall, Sweden

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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