Roger Hecht responds to John Smyth:
>> Now here is a miracle, in every way: Sibelius Symphony 2 with Barbirolli
>> on Chesky, (CR3). I know quite a few Sibelius 2nds, including the usual
>> suspects, Karajan, Szell, and Davis. This one beats them all. ...
>Agreed on all counts. For more of Sir John's Sibelius, seek out his
>complete set of the symphonies plus some tone poems on EMI. ...
Hardly surprising that Barbarolli excels. Sibelius himself is reported
to have said "It is sad that a Finnish composer has to come to England
to hear Finnlandia played properly", after attending a JB concert. (And
to my mind that particular recording is unmatchable. Those trumpets!!)