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A Veritable Box of Delights,
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This review is from: Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1-7; Kullervo [LSO/Colin Davis] (Audio CD)
I was looking for a complete set of the Sibelius symphonies and initially wasn't sure whether to go for Barbirolli or Vanska. But then I noticed this set by the LSO directed by one of my favourite conductors (Sir Colin Davis) so I thought - why not.
The symphonies were recorded live during concerts in the Barbican, and the recorded sound is exemplary. For me the icing on the cake is the glorious version of "Kullervo" - a massive five-movement, 72-minute epic that was the composer's first symphonic work. I haven't heard this piece since I had the Paavo Berglund set on EMI vinyl when I lived in South Africa in the early '80s, so it's a real joy to hear it again.
This is music to entertain, to excite, to move you to the depths of your soul. If you want just one, really complete, set of the Sibelius symphonies, this is definitely the one - and at the asking price, what a bargain!