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It works for me and I have many Sibelius recordings!
The sanitizing effect of Karajan - music polished to the degree that music feels devoid of human presence, is uncannily just the correct mood for the Sibelius effect.
The original sound quality on the LPs was very good and the digital remastering for this issue is very welcome.
Listening to this often makes me wonder why the 60's era recordings by Karajan sound so much better than the 70's and even some of his last 80's recordings? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Guy
I suppose like all music collectors, I go through phases when I focus on one or two composers, musicians, etc. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Thomas Martin
These recordings dating from the Sixties have throughout the passing decades defined my and many other people's impression of Sibelius' greatness. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Jurgen Lawrenz
Okay, first off the performances are excellent but soncially this is terrible. It sounds gritty and unfocused. I was hoping for something better. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by XV Corps
Karajan's style suits Sibelius's work - Smooth, stylized and sophisticated sound. Karajan had the ability to remove the human element from music. Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Vikram Ramanathan
Like others in 'The Originals' series, this set has a liner note that tries a bit too hard to sell the product to us. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by DAVID BRYSON
These 1960's recordings of Sibelius symphonies and tone poems by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic are definitive performances of 4,5,& 6, and near the top of the... Read morePublished on October 2, 2010 by Ears 4U
Sibelius music requires for perfection and Karajan
reaches heaven with those performances. A MUST HAVE
for every Sibelius collector.
This is a superb set, with an arresting, slightly odd 5th. But the recording of the 7th is the best ever made. The sound is splendid.Published on November 7, 2008 by Ken Braithwaite