Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D; Symphony No. 6 in D minor

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COMPOSERS: Sibelius
LABELS: Beulah
WORKS: Symphony No. 2 in D; Symphony No. 6 in D minor
PERFORMER: LSO/Anthony Collins
CATALOGUE NO: 2PD8/3PD8 (distrib. Priory) ADD mono (1953-55)
These are excellent CD transfers from Fifties mono recordings. The brass, for example, is amazingly natural. The big Romantic tunes of the Second Symphony are spine-tingling. The Andantino of the Third Symphony, although a shade fast, has, for me, never been more charming. Pohjola’s Daughter is mightily impressive and Nightride and Sunrise is enthralling.

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Older Sibelius enthusiasts will treasure these Collins readings in their new dress; younger generations will find them a revelation. Ian Lace