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I reviewed Leonard Bernstein's and the New York Symphony Orchestra's complete symphonies because I thought their interpretation of Symphnony No. 5 was the best version. I had to buy the complete box set to get their version of No.5. I was not disappointed with the rest (see my review). For the same reasons, I bought this box set because I love Barbirolli's version of Symphony No.2, there is nothing like it. This has to be my starting point. Like Bernstein's version of Number 5, Barbirolli's version of No.2 is definitive. There is no rendition like it. It is a culmination of superb conducting, musicianship and sound engineering. Two oscillates from extreme delicacy and subtlety to great slabs of sound - producing in your living a fabulous stereophonic soundscape of snow-covered forests and shimmering lakes. It pushes every emotional button in your existence that the music takes you on the most exhilirating ride of sound. The rest of the box set is equally fantastic.
If you love Sibelius, get this box set and get the Bernstein - you will not want any others.
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Initial post: 29 May 2011 21:09:43 BDT
I gave this review a yes vote for it's enthusiasm and further recommendation. I do disagree, of course, that two sets - Bernstein and Barbirolli - can tell you all there is to know about these symphonies.
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