Sibelius: Symphonies 1 & 4 - Järvi

Sibelius: Symphonies 1 & 4 - Järvi

Sony Classical (Japan)  SICC-19063

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Sibelius: Symphonies 1 & 4

Orchestre de Paris
Paavo Järvi (conductor)

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Comment by hiredfox - April 26, 2023 (1 of 1)

An early warning to colleagues.

This survey of the Sibelius symphonies is not new, the recordings date back to the 2010 /12 period and are made in PCM (probably 96kHz but possibly 48kHz) and not DSD as is usual on the Red Seal label. This is not a re-release as far as I know so mystery surrounds why they have been released now or at all.

So far I have played the first disc only without prior reading of the booklet information but its limitations in interpretation, performance standard and recording are glaringly obvious. In fact this recording serves to demonstrate just how far SACD recordings have improved over the last decade.

Järvi's interpretations of these two symphonies lack sensitivity and understanding (IMHO) of Sibelius' sound world not helped - and probably encouraged ? - by over exuberance of his players; one cannot help but single out the rampant enthusiasm of the timpanist who rather overshadows proceedings. The recording has a narrow soundstage, is congested with little air around instruments and the sound is generally harsh and a little grating in places.

The sublime and highly acclaimed performances of Davis / BSO and Maazel / VPO set the benchmark for the Sibelius symphonies over half a century ago and arguably have never been bettered. On the evidence of this first disc of this newly released set Järvi's somewhat novel interpretations will find few takers.