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Richard A. Kaplan
Fanfare, November 2013

SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 1 / Pohjola's Daughter / Tapiola (Kajanus Conducts Sibelius, Vol. 1) (1930-1932) 8.111393
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 2 / Belshazzar's Feast Suite / Karelia Suite (excerpts) (Kajanus Conducts Sibelius, Vol. 2) (1930-1932) 8.111394
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5 / Jager March (Kajanus Conducts Sibelius, Vol. 3) (1928, 1932) 8.111395

…we have, on three discs, the complete Sibelius recordings by his first great interpreter, Robert Kajanus, all premiere recordings and as close to horse’s mouth as there is for this composer, in Mark Obert-Thorn’s exemplary transfers. © 2013 Fanfare



Richard A. Kaplan
Fanfare, July 2013

SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 2 / Belshazzar's Feast Suite / Karelia Suite (excerpts) (Kajanus Conducts Sibelius, Vol. 2) (1930-1932) 8.111394
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5 / Jager March (Kajanus Conducts Sibelius, Vol. 3) (1928, 1932) 8.111395

These two CDs complete Naxos’s edition of the Sibelius recordings by his compatriot and friend Robert Kajanus…

Transfers are by Mark Obert-Thorn, who had multiple copies of the 78s to work with. These versions supersede his earlier transfers…In the Columbia items, Naxos has less high-frequency noise and an overall more-balanced frequency response…these discs are essential for any serious Sibelius collector.

My advice: Buy them while you can. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review




Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, February 2013

Kajanus molds the germinal tissue of the four long and three short notes [of the Third Symphony] and creates a taut purposeful line that he controls through its gripping crescendo. The coda allows the tune to assume a chorale status of impressive energy

Kajanus enjoys elegant support from his strings, winds, and brass of the LSO, certainly idiomatically competent and even brilliant in this premier inscription of an under-rated masterpiece. © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review





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