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Talented young Finnish-born Pietari Inkinen conducts the internationally acclaimed New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in poetic and sweeping performances of his compatriot’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3.
This is the first volume in a new Naxos series.
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39
I. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico
II. Andante (ma non troppo lento)
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Finale (quasi una Fantasia): Andante - Allegro molto
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
III. Moderato - Allegro (ma non tanto)
25th September 2010
“With this disc they start a cycle of the symphonies, and meet the challenge with a sensitivity and mellow charm that often eludes more virtuoso orchestras...the performance [of No. 1] has atmosphere and character. And by coupling it with the Third, Inkinen underlines the huge shift in creative thinking that separates the two works.”
14th October 2010
“Inkinen seems a conductor of bold, sure-footed intelligence, and on this evidence the New Zealand orchestra is a fine, responsive unit, too. In the First Symphony, Inkinen is more successful than I've ever heard before in purging the work of Tchaikovsky's influence...It's a fierce, sometimes confrontational approach...but certainly a valid and exciting one.”
“This enigmatic piece [the Fourth]...demands both sombre mystery and striking sunlight in its first movement, and Inkinen does evoke them successfully if slowly, with some fine brass playing. The scherzo's lightness turns appropriately feverish in the trio.”
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