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This review is from: Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (Original and Final Versions) (Audio CD)
The final version of this is, to my mind, the greatest violin concerto written.Even had Sibelius not revised the work, one might still have said the same of the first version. There are substantial differences in places, and the second is shorter. To achieve this, Sibelius removed some music which meanders a bit, but also some passages of beautiful and exciting stuff. Which is better? It hardly matters with both sitting in the cd player. Kavakos is superb, and plays with effortless virtuosity and great beauty. Vanska and his orchestra are his equal, and with the first rate sound quality, this is a disc that no Sibelius lover should be without.