HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Melodya) Jean Sibelius – Symphonies 3 & 7 (Rozhdestvensky)

All thanks for this gem go to Jean-Luc
Rozhdestvensky is one of the later Soviet conductors who was still young enough to have a lengthy post Soviet career. These Sibelius recordings however date from the 1960s and 70s when he was in his 30s and 40s. They have an original conception even though there can inconsistent orchestral execution. One also has to accept that the Soviet brass sections were always a bit blaring and intrusive. It adds excitement at climaxes but also can upset the musical balance. Bearing that in mind, the interpretations, especially the Symphony 7, deserve to be in the collection of Sibelians. Rozhdestvensky brings an exceptional lyrical impulse to these works…

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Vinyl 1975
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Melodya
DR 12
Size: 960 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

combined with a consistent rhythmic impulse which keeps the music from becoming unfocused. As for the Symphony 7 this is one of the most lyrical interpretations I’m aware of and a worthy counterpart to Karajan, Bernstein and Maazel. The opening Adagio is handled with the greatest lyrical sensitivity rather than the ominous ambiance that most other conductors elicit. Rozhdestvensky brings out unsuspected lyrical depths from this material and even the trombone theme seems to come out of swirling mists. The second section which is more scherzo like is also handled gently but now there is an unflagging rhythmic vitality to the phrases. This becomes ever firmer as the music moves into the second scherzo like section and the lyricism begins to fade. Now the music becomes more and more ominous until the trombone theme again breaks out. This time it leads to a shattering climax. Listen also to how deftly Rozhdestvensky segues into the final rising melodic cadence.


Analyzed folder: /96k Sibelius – Symphonies No. 3, 7 – Rozhdestvensky
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR11        -2.16 dB     -17.92 dB     A1 Symphony No. 3 In C Major, Op. 52 – I. Allegro Moderato.aif
DR13        -5.77 dB     -23.58 dB     A2 Symphony No. 3 In C Major, Op. 52 – II. Andantino Con Moto, Quasi Allegretto.aif
DR12        -1.47 dB     -18.04 dB     A3 Symphony No. 3 In C Major, Op. 52 – III. Moderato. Allegro (Ma Non Tanto).aif
DR13        -0.85 dB     -19.98 dB     B Symphony No. 7 In C Major, Op. 105.aif
Number of files:    4
Official DR value:    DR12


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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