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Sibelius’s triumphant fifth symphony masterpiece is supra-superb here. Far and away, sonically superior to every one of the Bernstein NYPs of this recording I’ve ever heard. And Bernie’s may still be the best rendering to reach these old ears. Pohjola’s Daughter is about a minute fast for my urgencies, but rightly paced in sections. And again, beautiful in its sonorities. Hard to step astray here.
For me this was a real discovery. The performance was "short listed" by Christopher Breunig on his list of Essential Recordings of the Sibelius Symphony No.5. I can thoroughly back up his opinion and so too the performance of Pohjola's Daughter. Magnificent performances and so too the remastering. The DSD mastering sounds amazing. One of the best.
Title: Sibelius Symphony No. 5 / Pohjola's Daughter
Artist(s): Leonard Bernstein - New York Philharmonic
Recording Info: Transferred from 2-track 15ips tape
Recorded by CBS records 1965
Producer – John McClure
Symphony No. 5
1. Molto Moderato 13:09
2. Allegro Moderato-Presto / Andante Mosso, Quasi Allegretto 9:49
3. Allegro Molto 9:32
4. Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49 12:35
Total Time: 45:05