Look what I found!!

April 11, 2005 at 11:02 PM · Well. I was browsing through the record collection at a local salvation army(usually searching for hard to find classical records), and I glanced at the top of a olive green record, i pulled some of the other records back to see who would possibly put this color on a reocrd sleeve. As I got a better look, I saw "SIBELIUS" in huge lime green letters, i looked down further, and it was the violin concerto..."COOL!" i thought to myself, must be some unknown...to my surprise, Camilla Wicks was the soloist!!..my heart nearly jumped out of my shirt I was so excited. I found a practically untouched clean record and sleeve of Camilla Wicks playing the Sibelius with the Symphony Orchestra of Radio-Stockholm with Sixten Ehrling conducting under Capitol Records.

Well, the first thing that popped in my mind, I've got to listen to this. So i took it home popped it in the record player and wow!!! ..such lyricism and attack. Her playing is as flexible as a piece of silk floating in the wind and as aggressive as a cold wind blow on your cheeks so they sting.

Now, the right thing to do is give this too my teacher, I mean she did study with her and all. I plan to follow through with giving this cherished item away. BUUUUUUTtt..just out of curiousity, is this worth any money?. I've heard it mentioned this was a coveted collectors item by man violin enthusiasts.


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April 11, 2005 at 11:02 PM · yes thats actually worth a bit of money, i've seen them sell upwards of 400 dollars. its in high demand, although there has been a rumour for a while of it being re-released on cd which would drive the price down a bit, actually my friend just got one and i'm going to hear a copy. He got it from her actually.

April 21, 2005 at 10:34 PM · Patrick, good for you! And beautifully described. As for the possibility of it being released on CD, it is very much on the cards. I have been coordinating with Biddulph Recordings this release, having got from Wicks her private copy of this recording, which improves on the one that's out on LP. In an article I wrote for the Strad about Wicks a few months ago, I mentioned that it would be out early 2005: that turned out to be misleading, as it's taken longer for the record company to find all the recordings that will make up this CD. I have just recently received a demo of these, so I am hopeful it will be out before too long. Sorry if it brings down the value of the original vinyl, but I think it will be a wonderful thing for more people to have access it. And wonderful for her to get her deserved recognition.

(Similarly, there's another CD of live recordings that's also been delayed, on Music & Arts; apparently that comes out by the end of this month)

Best, Nathaniel

April 23, 2005 at 04:33 AM · This year the CD has been released in Japan by Green Door, a small Japanese recording company. Camilla Wicks plays the Sibelius with Stockholm Phillarmonic under Ehrling.

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