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Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Paavo Berglund - Johannes Brahms: The Symphonies (2013) 3CD Set

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Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Paavo Berglund - Johannes Brahms: The Symphonies (2013) 3CD Set

Johannes Brahms: The Symphonies (1-4) (2013) 3CD Set
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, conducted by Paavo Berglund

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 727 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 374 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 990-2T | Time: 02:42:04

Like Paavo Berglund’s Sibelius symphony recordings, also with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, these Brahms performances inject a certain novelty that will be appreciated especially by the listener who has wearied of them due to excessive repetition. While these are not radically desiccated renditions in the manner of Chailly or Harnoncourt, the COE’s smaller-scaled string body does require a bit of time at first for your ear to adjust to the thinner timbres. But the reward is a harvest of inner detail, much of it barely audible in full-size orchestral performances (but well captured by Ondine’s vivid recordings), which continually surprises and delights.

Ida Haendel, Bournemouth SO, Paavo Berglund - Benjamin Britten & William Walton: Violin Concertos (1978/1992) [Re-Up]

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Ida Haendel, Bournemouth SO, Paavo Berglund - Benjamin Britten & William Walton: Violin Concertos (1978/1992) [Re-Up]

Benjamin Britten & William Walton: Violin Concertos (1978) Reissue 1992
Ida Haendel (violin); Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paavo Berglund

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDM 7 64202 2 | Time: 01:02:27

Ida Haendel’s sinewy and athletic reading of the often under-rated Britten combines toughness with a cumulative dramatic impetus which is hard to resist. Berglund and the Bournemouth players respond with a terse and argumentative vigour, suitably balanced between resignation and defiant rhetoric, especially in the closing Passacaglia. The Walton Concerto, also dating from 1938-9, is played with an apposite blend of inscrutable panache, as in the irrepressibly brilliant central movement, and elsewhere, a sensuous, if occasionally over-indulgent languor. Rare lapses in the finale can be safely overlooked, in a performance of eloquence and undisputed stature.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund - Jean Sibelius: Orchestral Works (1997) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund - Jean Sibelius: Orchestral Works (1997) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Jean Sibelius: Orchestral Works (1997) 2CD
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Paavo Berglund, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 626 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 388 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI | # 7243 5 69773 2 7 | Time: 02:33:33

This double CD from EMI features the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by their Finnish principal conductor at the time (1970s), Paavo Berglund. It doesn't have to be that a conductor originates from the same country as the composer whose works he or she is conducting, but it often happens that this combination seems to produce performances of greatest sensitivity. So it is here, as Berglund conducts 10 works by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The discs include quite familiar works like En Saga, one of Sibelius' first compositions when he was in his late 20s. We also have Pohjola's Daughter, The Bard and two of the four Lemminkäinen Legends, and a beautiful version of Luonnotar sung by the Finnish soprano Taru Valjakka. The rest of the discs is made up of less frequently heard pieces. We have the five-movement suite from the incidental music Sibelius wrote for Adolf Paul's play King Christian II (1898); the Spring Song (Vårsång) of 1894; the suite of incidental music from Maeterlinck's Pelleas and Melisande.