Sibelius Symphonies Nos 1 and 3

Cat No:
01 - 10 - 2010

Sibelius Symphonies Nos 1 and 3

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Pietari Inkinen (conductor)

Following the success of their recordings of Sibelius's Night Ride and Sunrise, Belshazzar's Feast Suite and Kuolema (8570763) - 'top-notch performances' (Fanfare) - and Scenes historiques I and II and King Christian II Suite (8570068) - 'polished and involving?handsomely true and atmospheric sound' (Gramophone) - talented young Finnish-born Pietari Inkinen conducts the internationally acclaimed New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in poetic and sweeping performances of his compatriot's Symphonies Nos 1 and 3. This is the first volume in a new Naxos series.

Sibelius Symphony No 1 in E minor Op 39, Symphony No 3 in C major Op 52

Running Time: 1 hr 9 min

'Performances of integrity that augur well for the remainder of this symphony cycle...the young Finn [conductor Pietari Inkinen] draws playing of infectious zeal from the NZSO (what an accomplished band they have become in recent years), and his cannily paced and scrupulously prepared readings have much in their favour: intelligence, tastefulness and honesty are the watchwords here.' (Gramophone)
'This is the third Sibelius CD by the New Zealand Symphony under its young Finnish music director, who assumed the post in 2008...Inkinen's first two Sibelius programs for Naxos, composed of selections from the tone poems and incidental music, were first-rate in every way - interpretations, orchestral execution, and recorded sound - so I opened this one with considerable anticipation and high expectations...Inkinen and the NZSO continue to be a most impressive team of Sibelius interpreters; producer/engineer Tim Handley continues to get wonderful results in Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre; and, the price is right. This is a very fine first installment in a series that will definitely bear continued watching.' (Fanfare)
'I was amazed when I first heard this. The second time I decided to listen for faults - there is no perfect recording, and the first time I hadn't listened to the music in many months, so I was perhaps too easily seduced by it. Well, it's hard to find fault...I will eagerly listen to anything Pietari Inkinen conducts. I will hold out the hope that he can follow his own vision and respond spontaneously and intuitively to the music. He may bring a great many other warhorses alive again.' (Critic's Choice American Music Guide)
'The New Zealand players have expertise, good ensemble and enthusiasm. In short, they are dedicated, thoughtful readings and I soon forgot that I was listening to them for review, and found myself just listening for pleasure.' (International Record Review)
'His [Inkinen] reading is leisurely and well upholstered - poles apart from, say, Osmo Vanska's trim, taut and terrific approach' (Limelight)


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