"Jean Sibelius' Finlandia became the composer's most enduring work in part because of the political climate in Finland at the time of its creation. Russia imposed a strict censorship policy on the small nation in 1899. In October of that year, Sibelius composed a melodrama to Finnish writer Zachria Topelius' poem The Melting of the Ice on the Ulea River, which is marked by a particularly patriotic fervor; "I was born free and free will I die" is typical of its sentiments, and one of which Sibelius took particular note. Innocuously titled Music for Press Ceremony, the score concluded with "Finland Awakens," which Sibelius reworked into an independent symphonic poem in the following year. Following the suggestion of his artistic confidant Axel Carpelan, he retitled this rousing patriotic essay Finlandia; since that time, the work has virtually become Finland's second national anthem." - AMG.
This is an RCA "Shaded Dog" Living Stereo recording from approx. 1963
The RCA "Dogs" are considered to be of true Audiophile quality. This recording is no exception.
The record is Mint-.
The jacket is VG-.
The LP plays Mint.
There appears to be little or no compression at all used resulting in a huge dynamic range. At the same time that all this energy is being generated, the subtlest nuances are still captured and reproduced clearly. Instrumental detail, tonality and timbre are all there also, with "air" and presence in a highly detailed "space". The Soundstage is wide and deep and imaging is rock-solid. Great tonality and dynamics.
Very little surface noise - 3 or 4 ticks/side and barelly audible 'crackles' on some very quiet passages.
Each record is washed on a VPI cleaning machine using a proprietary 3-5 agent process which is determined by the needs of the individual record. Each record is then listened to 100% to insure that the posted description is exactly what you can expect to get.
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