I judge a cd performance primarily by its ability to move me in some way, either emotionally or intellectually. Suffice it to say this cd moved me in every way possible and left me stunned at the end. But I must say more. I would even say I was moved spiritually by Mr. Repin's performance. I can't imagine either of these famous concertos being played with more skill, intelligence, expressiveness, sensitivity or virtuosity. On my first listening of the Tchaikovsky I was put off by the violin not being more forward in the recording, but upon further hearings I have come to realize wisdom of this choice. The pieces were recorded in a London church and the acoustic provides more of a resonant (again spiritual comes to mind) ambience. What impresses me more than anything else is Repin's ability to have complete control of the volume coming out of his instrument and this is the first recording of the Tchaikovsky I have heard where the dynamic markings in the score are observed so well. Kudos also to Krivine and the wonderful playing of the LSO. The central Canzonetta movement is absolutely beautiful. As for the Sibelius, it is possibly even finer if that is possible with every nuance of emotion played for maximum effect. Again, Repin has the ability to withdraw his tone at will and then increase the volume and tension when the natural drama of the piece calls for it. The first movement, which I have always loved, literally brought me to tears in this version. I am not ashamed to say I was brought to tears again in the climax of the second movement Adagio di molto. The finale is thrilling. While his contemporary Vengerov on the Teldec label may have more technical command (and that is debatable), Repin definitely has the full emotional and expressive measure of these works. Confidently recommended.