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This review is from: Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 4; Finlandia; Karelia Suite (Audio CD)
I agree with the reviewer below as the 4th is a difficult symphony to get to grips with. I do disagree that it is a meaningless mosaic of clever coulours etc. I heard a performance of this work at the RFH a few months ago, and as I was not familiar with it at all, I got hold of the music, and took it to the concert to follow. It was a revelation. Since that evening, the 4th is definitely the most moving and profound of Sibelius' symphonies for me. And to cap it all, I saw Ashkenazy conduct parts of it on TV, during a two part programme on BBC, which I thought was far better than the version I heard at the RFH, and the recording I have on CD by Colin Davis. Why is it so meaningful for me? I can't explain I'm afraid. But is that not the mystery of music, and poetry, and painting ...?