WORKS: Symphony No. 6; Symphony No. 7; Tapiola
PERFORMER: Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
CATALOGUE NO: CDM 5 66602 2 ADD mono 1956/54
Although Karajan later re-recorded all these works, his Fifties version of the Seventh remains unsurpassed for its grandeur and sure-footed unfolding of the symphonic argument. Likewise, he manages to bring inner strength and clarity of direction to the emotionally elusive Sixth, and unleashes the elemental power of Tapiola without recourse to unwelcome sensationalism.