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ChicagoHahn plays Sibelius Violin Concerto

Rautavaara, Sibelius, Rachmaninov
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Mikko Franck; Hilary Hahn

ClevelandKeenlyside sings Sibelius

Grieg, Sibelius, Strauss R.
The Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst; Sir Simon Keenlyside

ValenciaStates of Independence

States of Independence
Elgar, Strauss R., Sibelius
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Vladimir Jurowski; Alina Ibragimova

MadridEl Año de las Luces en Ibermúsica

© Simon Pauly
Elgar, Strauss R., Sibelius
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Vladimir Jurowski; Alina Ibragimova

LiverpoolGrieg's Piano Concerto

Grieg's Piano Concerto
Sibelius, Grieg, Puccini, Respighi
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Kerem Hasan; Paul Lewis

LondonStates of Independence

States of Independence
Elgar, Strauss R., Sibelius
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Vladimir Jurowski; Alina Ibragimova
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Paavo Järvi and Viktoria Mullova impress in Sibelius and Tchaikovsky

Viktoria Mullova © Benjamin Ealovega
Paavo Järvi brought pathos and nuance to Sibelius' Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. 
***11
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Japan Philharmonic sounds world class under Inkinen

Conductor Pietari Inkinen © Nguye Phuong

I’ve heard the Japan Philharmonic on several occasions in the past, but this was the first time with Inkinen, and the difference was startling. In previous encounters with this orchestra I noted a rather bright, at times even glaring sound. No longer. Inkinen has instilled instead a generously warm, even, glowing sonority and depth of sound that one hears in Europe’s finest ensembles.

****1
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Japan Philharmonic Orchestra makes a rare visit to London

Pietari Inkinen © Nguyen Phuong
Disciplined playing from the Japan Philharmonic brought mixed rewards in a programme that inspired only fitfully.
****1
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Vänskä, Lisiecki and the LPO take the scenic route

Osmo Vänskä © Joel Larson
Continuing its series of landmark classics inspired by the British Isles, the London Philharmonic conducted by Osmo Vänskä showcases Bax before moving north to traverse the Nordic landscapes of Grieg and Sibelius.
****1
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Finlandia and Tchaikovsky from RTÉ NSO

Thomas Kemp © Rita Flanagan
A fiery rendition of Sibleius' Finlandia and an interesting account of Tchaikovsky's The Symphony of Life while Beethoven's Triple Concerto fails to convince. 
***11
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Eclectic dances in Sibelius and Ravel

Viktoria Mullova © heikefischer-fotografie.de
Three Frenchmen and a Finn walk into a concert hall: The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder with Viktoria Mullova play Berlioz, Debussy, Ravel and Sibelius.
****1
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