Horst Stein: The Sibelius Recordings | Australian Eloquence ELQ4823922

Horst Stein: The Sibelius Recordings


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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4823922

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 22nd January 2016



To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sibelius, Decca Eloquence collects together the four LPs of the composer's music that Horst Stein recorded for Decca between 1971 and 1981.

They include all the important tone poems, the Second Symphony (receiving its first international release on CD) and music for the theatre. All were critically acclaimed in their time.

Known in particular for his work in Bayreuth - he conducted 76 performances there between 1969 and 1986, Stein held principal positions with the Bamberg, Basel, NHK (Japan) and Suisse Romande Orchestras, and all his Sibelius recordings were made with this Swiss orchestra.

'well-wrought performances... the finest thing on this disc is to my mind Pohjola's Daughter of which Mr Stein gives a powerful and compelling account, and whose atmosphere and detail is excellently captured by the Decca engineers... Stein has a genuine feeling for Sibelius' - Gramophone (August 1972)

'the playing in that warhorse Finlandia is enormously alert' - Gramophone (July 1972)


Seasoned collectors will probably know that Horst Stein wasn’t the first conductor to record Sibelius with the Suisse Romande Orchestra. ... Stein’s Sibelius legacy ratchets up added tension and delivers a surer punch, much aided by Decca’s superb engineering. Has the tuba in Finlandia ever been more vividly focused than on Stein’s 1971 recording? I very much doubt it. ... Right from the opening bars of En Saga you sense that this version is really going places, with no-holds-barred in terms of the action, this is a reading that burns a trail through the snow ... Pohjola’s Daughter is hardly less thrilling ... what we have here is exceptional by any standards, the sort of gnarled but straightforward Sibelius interpretation that in years gone by we had from the likes of Kajanus and collins.  Rob Cowan
Gramophone March 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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