On Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 9:28:16 PM UTC+1, Lawrence Chalmers wrote:
> Is Ormandy the only one to use the brass in the last two notes of the work?
> And did Sibelius indicate/sanction this use?
Ordmandy and the PhO are on You Tube in this work, as are loads of other recordings. Here is one 'comment' under the video: "The ending with the trumpet doubling the violins, a vile practice that began with Koussevitzky, and the crescendo in the timpani that Sibelius never wrote in the final bar, tells you everything you need to know about Ormandy's take on this great work."
Other comments damn the performance altogether while others think it is just great. I thought the ending pretty effective, in much the same way that Toscanini's addition of half-a-dozen tam-tam crashes to the end of the Tchaikovsky 'Manfred' Symphony's first movement are pretty effective too! ...
Here is Bernstein without the Koussevitzky ending ...
And here is Beecham with it ...
Lots more on You Tube if you wanna check them out ... Rattle, Karajan, Salonen, Mravinsky, Berglund, Szell, Maazel, etc. etc.