Horst Stein – The Sibelius Recordings
Horst Stein
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4823922
Barcode
00028948239221
Format
3-CD
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TRACK LISTING / ARTISTS

JEAN SIBELIUS
CD 1
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43*
Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55
Finlandia, Op. 26

CD 2
Four Legends, Op. 22
En Saga, Op. 9
Pohjola’s Daughter, Op. 49

CD 3
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46
The Tempest, Op. 109 Nos. 1 & 2

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Horst Stein

*FIRST INTERNATIONAL RELEASE ON CD

Recording information

Recording Producers: Michael Haas (Symphony No. 2); John Mordler (Night Ride and Sunrise, Finlandia, En Saga, Pohjola’s Daughter); Tom Mowrey (Four Legends); Richard Beswick (Pelléas et Mélisande, The Tempest)
Balance Engineers: Colin Moorfoot (Symphony No. 2, Four Legends); James Lock (Night Ride and Sunrise, Finlandia, En Saga, Pohjola’s Daughter); Colin Moorfoot, John Pellowe (Pelléas et Mélisande, The Tempest)
Recording Location: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland, 11–14 June 1971 (Night Ride and Sunrise, Finlandia, En Saga, Pohjola’s Daughter); 30 June–2 July 1978 (Pelléas et Mélisande, The Tempest); 25–27 January 1980 (Four Legends); 22, 23 & 25 October 1981 (Symphony No. 2)

Reviews

‘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

‘the playing in that warhorse Finlandia is enormously alert’ Gramophone

‘most vividly recorded … Stein obviously has a genuine feeling for this music [Pelléas et Mélisande] … [The Tempest] is most impressively played and recorded’ … The recording is superb in both definition and range.’ Gramophone

‘the recording has thrilling presence and clarity … “Leminkäinen’s Return” is given an exciting hell-for-leather performance that holds the listener in its sheer gusto and intensity.’ Gramophone