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Very nice older set
on January 10, 2013
I collect Sibelius symphony cycles, now over 15 sets on the shelf.
This set is showing its age. You can clearly hear the difference to Neeme Järvi, Vänskä and Berglund. The modern Nordic method. English conductors have also done well from time to time.
However, it is a great orchestra and Symphonies 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 are played very well with enthusiasm. The ones I did not list have some oddities, for example with the woodwind players. I will not name instruments, check it out. So it's not a perfect set but a very good one for a good price.
This is Maazel's best Sibelius cycle.