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mini-blind listening files, Sibelius 4
« on: April 08, 2019, 05:22:07 AM »
Some blind listening files, to go with the Sibelius 4 thread.  (These links and files will be removed after a couple of weeks)
This is the start of the 3rd movement, lasting about 3 minutes 30.  Although the music rarely rises above a whisper, there is a good variety of 'solo' instrumentation, plus some ensemble strings and massed brass.  For me I suppose this is mostly about tempo and control at piano loudness levels, plus purity of instrumental tone.

Each group contains 4 recordings that have had positive mentions here and 2 notable ones that haven't been discussed.
Which do you like?  Which don't impress?
Between them the two groups include 3 Finnish and 1 near-Finn (Scandi or Russian) conductors, and one orchestra is represented 3 times.
No conductor is represented more than once, although at least 8 of them have recorded Sibelius' 4th more than once.  This is not an all-Berglund mini-blind!

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GROUP A:
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For reference - see following post - Group A was:
1. Colin Davis/LSO Live
2. Karajan/BPO/1976/Warner
3. Askenazy/Philharmonia/Decca
4. Sanderling/BSO
5. Vanska/Lahti
6. Levine/BPO

GROUP B:
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Group C added: 2 more Finns and 4 more near-Finns - these guys should know what they're about - plus one (there is only one) British-Italian-French mongrel.  2 of these have been liked in the main thread - another one is a very new issue in 2019, including this has made it a group of seven..
GROUP C:
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Re: mini-blind listening files, Sibelius 4
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2019, 06:09:13 AM »
You know how I love these, and so I did group A even though I don't have time right now!! :)

A1 - Very pretty horns. But overall, a bit flat for me. I think the structure is not as well highlighted as it could be (too static). 
A2 - I like the start of this one more. A bit more variety and the horns, though less beautiful, are more effective. I found this more moving.
A3 - Too fast early on, but I like it a bit better when the strings come in.
A4 - Also faster, but somehow colder than A3.
A5 - Didn't love this one
A6 - Not bad.

None are actually badly played in these clips. I didn't comment on how they stress, at times, one or other instrument (or balance) as I thought that might give them away in such naked moments. Of them, I preferred A2.
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Re: mini-blind listening files, Sibelius 4
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2019, 02:01:00 PM »
Thankyou - and good choice!  (Though I'd say that for most of them.)

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Re: mini-blind listening files, Sibelius 4
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2019, 03:30:55 PM »
Thankyou - and good choice!  (Though I'd say that for most of them.)
Okay, my goal for when I participate this week is for you to say "bad choice!"

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Re: mini-blind listening files, Sibelius 4
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2019, 11:16:15 PM »
Too easy - just go for the quickest  ;)  :-[

Group C now added above: 2 more Finns and 4 more near-Finns plus one (there is only one) British-Italian-French mongrel.
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