As much as I love Sarah Chang's playing, this disc is one that disappoints, the Mendelssohn especially. It is beautifully played, but the phrasings are very ordinary. This is the first time where I really discovered that you can play the notes perfectly and have not much musicality behind the playing. Playing by a very great artist of the future like this is not recommendable. I do have to say, though that the reviewr who said "uhg" in not justified in his comment of Sarah Chang not being a remarkable performer. Look at her track record! Not many performers record their debut album at 9 years of age and prove that you are extremely musical as well as being technically brilliant. Even the sceptics admitted that this was quite a special case. Also, she has survived the "Prodigies' Hothouse" unscathed. She has blssomed into a mature artist. Anyway, the Sibelius is an interpretation I like to a better degree than the Mendelssohn, for Chang never relents the intensity of her playing, whih is what is needed in the Sibelious - nervous energy. But for a spot in the top recommendation, this misses by a fair way, as after repeated listenings, this performance can become rather one-dimensional. The sound is too boxy for the Sibelius, relatively resonant but still not open enough in the Mendelssohn. The EMI engineers have had trouble recording in Berlin for some reason (although Mike Hatch - of the Mahler 10 CD with Sir Simon Rattle recently released - bowled me over with his amazingly open sound recorded in the Berlin Philharmonie, a trouble spot for recording), and this is one of the worst examples of the EMI-Berlin sound. But the playing of the Berliner Philharmoniker is superb, as always, and Maestro Jansons is a superb supporter for Sarah Chang in this recording. I would recommend for both the Mendelssohn and Sibelius Kyung-Wha Chung's performances on Decca. The Mendelssohn is not schmaltzy (as is the case in many recordings), but very happy and musically brilliant, and the Sibelius has all the Nordic chill and fire, coupled with impeccable phrasing to give this wonderful work a three-dimensional character The good thing is that Sarah Chang has since matured musically into a fantastic artist of a high order, and has since released many first-class recordings.