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    The Barbirolli/Halle cycle is a bit mixed but you should most definitely hear the Barbirolli/Royal Philharmonic 2nd. I had heard many great things about it and it sure lived up to the hype.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    I just sampled some of Vanska/MN. Will have to go more in-depth later, but I definitely already like it better than the Lahti cycle. I totally get it when you say that Vanska has a gift for spinning a narrative in the music. His performances, in my opinion, are somewhat by-the-book interpretively, but he's able to integrate all the various ideas together into a beautiful whole. And I like the more full-bodied sound of the MN Orchestra better than the straight-laced playing of the Finns- some great husky winds and smashing climaxes going on there. Great stuff there as far I can tell. I have tickets to see Vanska do Mahler 9 this year and am really excited to experience his wonderful conducting live.

    Barbirolli is not on Spotify, so I may look at purchasing it in the near future. Right now I'm listening to Rozhdostvensky's 2nd off YouTube. Man, what a committed performance! Rough-edged and craggy but that's never a bad thing in Sibelius. I truly hear the raw poetry of this symphony shine through. So many different potentials for interpretation!

    Rozhdostvensky is now probably my favorite 2nd. I tip my cap to Enthusiast for the recommendation, but now I will likely prioritize purchasing his complete cycle over Barbirolli's. Just have to hear more!
    I heard Vanska performing Brahms' 2nd with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. An unforgettable experience.

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    Some of my favorite Sibelius performances are with Szell/Cleveland: #2 from his last concert in Toyko, and a live #7. I also like Maazel/Vienna in #4 and Barbirolli/RPO in #2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    The Barbirolli/Halle cycle is a bit mixed but you should most definitely hear the Barbirolli/Royal Philharmonic 2nd. I had heard many great things about it and it sure lived up to the hype.
    I'm not keen on much of Barbirolli's Sibelius. I like his 1st and 7th but have never been mad about the rest. It tends to drag a bit.
    Last edited by Merl; Jan-14-2020 at 18:47.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perdido34 View Post
    Some of my favorite Sibelius performances are with Szell/Cleveland: #2 from his last concert in Toyko, and a live #7. I also like Maazel/Vienna in #4 and Barbirolli/RPO in #2.
    I also love Szell in the 2nd. For some reason, I always find the Cleveland woodwinds sound different- a very sparkly, vigorous sound that really highlights some wonderful moments in this symphony, like the complex thematic writing in the first movement and the trio of the scherzo. I have heard parts of the Barbirolli/RPO 2nd, and recall it being a very unique, thickly-textured, patiently-unfolded reading. Almost Mahlerian, which makes sense considering his intimate relationship with that composer's music. It didn't knock my socks off like Rozhdostvensky, Beecham '43, or Gibson, though.

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