Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
"Sibelius: Symphony no. 2"

Considering the renewed interest in Sibelius' music over the last decade (and the rising popularity of modern Finnish proponents like Osmo Vanska) Sibelius has developed his own flavor and distinct treatment.

Ormandy's treatment of Sibelius' second symphony feels a little Germanic, in all honesty.

Also, I'm curious to listen and compare more of Ormandy's recordings with other contemporaries. The choice to record the winds closely creates a distinct, artificial blend of colors that would be impossible to recreate in live performance. An interesting choice.

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