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Stimulating and excellent,
This review is from: Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (Original and Final Versions) (Audio CD)
You get a great performance of the Violin Concerto here .... or rather you get two. A major attraction of this record is the original version of the concerto as well as the final version that we all know and love. The differences are very substantial - and it is fascinating to know that Sibelius made such radical revisions to his works and to see how the familiar version emerged from something that was in many respects quite different. The earlier version has many attractive ideas that Sibelius eventually removed ... you sense that he was ultimately right to do so but also that it must have been so difficult to lose such lovely music. This record shows a truly great composer literally "at work". Of course, it wouldn't be half so rewarding and interesting if the performances were not so excellent!
For the same reasons I also recommend the record that Vanska and his Lahti forces made of two versions of the Fifth Symphony. I don't usually care too much about this or that version/revision of a work - even discussions of the relative merits of various revisions of the Bruckner symphonies fail to engage my interest - but again the differences between these really are fascinating.