If you are new to Sibelius's symphonies, full cycles of his symphonies are so widely available these days that you might as well want to go for one, rather than try one symphony to see if you are interested. More experienced Sibelius listeners might also have their own reasons why to invest in a full circle: having them all in one series, dissatisfaction with what they already have etc. In any case choosing one set can be a difficult decision to make. Although I have nothing particular for or against these performances, to me what makes this set special is its high-definition surround sound. Although many DG recordings including their SACDs do not enjoy the best sound quality around, I found myself immersed in this music like never before, and for all Järvi's artistry, I think the sound quality had an important role to play in this. OK, it did not, with the exception of No.3, change my view as to which of his symphonies I consider as better ones, but it certainly boosted my whole perception of Sibelius's symphonies. So, if you have the gear to listen to surround SACDs, do not hesitate to try this. Otherwise there are plenty more to consider.