I avoid reviewing dead losses, but I've been going through Kurt Sanderling's Sibelius cycle from the Seventies disc by disc. It begins with an anomaly, an eye-opening Sym. #1 that promises great things to come. For the most part, nothing great happens. The third is quite enjoyable, but the conductor seems totally at sea in this installment. The entire cycle covers a number of years, form 1970 to 1977, and it seems that the later you go, the more listless the performances. I've never heard a more aimless Sibelius Fourth than the one here, from 1977, which is full of dispirited playing from the Berlin Sym., never better than an also-ran orchestra at their best.
I hope for better from the 1971 account of Sym. #5, which after all is a repertory staple, but Sanderling sleep walks through it, too, so the entire program has no bright spots. In short, a CD to avoid.