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beautiful interpretation and the sound is superbly restored
A fine HDTT transfer from an RCA 15 ips tape. Originally recorded by ace British Decca engineer Kenneth Wilkinson, this was originally issued in the USA by RCA and I've treasured the performance for over 50 years. HDTT's CD sounds much better than any previous issue, including that original RCA Lp. (I also recall a Decca/London budget Lp issue on the 'Stereo Treasury' label in the early 1970s that didn't impress.) Gibson's performances of both works are direct and muscular, just the sort that appealed to Sibelius who abhorred over-romanticized renditions of his music. Very grateful to HDTT for reissuing this gem!
A class release in many ways. There are very many Sibelius 5's - and Karelia Suites - out there. This one is rather cool in performance but also vivid and propulsive. The Wilkie/Kingsway/Decca sound is special - crystal clear, transparent, with beautiful staging and openness. The only issue here is the somewhat sat-on dynamics.
Title: Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 and Karelia Suite
Artist(s): Symphony No. 5 - Alexander Gibson & The London Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
Producer: Christopher Raeburn Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson
Recorded by Decca for RCA 9-10 Feb 1959 Kingsway Hall
Symphony No. 5
1. First Movement: Tempo Molto Moderato 12:41
2. Second Movement: Andante Mosso Quasi Allegretto 8:10
3. Third Movement: Allegro Molto 8:58
Karelia Suite, Op. 11
4. Intermezzo 3:23
5. Ballade 5:59
6. Alla Marcia 4:07