Other than the Symphonies and the Violin Concerto, these works represent some of Sibelius’ most popular orchestral pieces – and some of their finest performances. The ‘Finlandia’ is truly epic and searing, the ‘Valse triste’ ethereal, and the ‘Four Legends’ (which includes the famous ‘Swan of Tunonela’) in turn ethereal and commanding.
Finlandia, Op. 26 No. 7
Karelia Suite, Op. 11
Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Four Legends from the Kalevala, Op. 22
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
‘Ashkenazy performs Finlandia with plenty of growling brass and high energy… Stein, a masterful Sibelius interpreter, vividly recreates the fantastic world of this music’ ClassicsToday.com