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BBC Music Magazine - - LETTERS - Tom Hal­li­well, St Davids THE EDI­TOR REPLIES

Lis­ten­ing to your September CD of Si­belius’s Kullervo took me back to my first orches­tral con­cert in 1958 when, aged 13, I heard Charles Groves con­duct the Bournemouth Sym­phony Orches­tra in the com­poser’s

En Saga. I was hyp­no­tised by the cross-rhythms of the strings, and soon af­ter­wards I per­suaded my par­ents to buy the An­thony Collins Early Mas­ter­pieces of Si­belius (HMV) with the Royal Phil­har­monic. I still have the LP and it has been a great plea­sure to lis­ten again to that fine per­for­mance. Al­though it’s 60 years old the sound re­mains su­perb, even though it is a prestereo monau­ral record­ing. We al­ways en­joy read­ing read­ers’ ac­counts of ex­cel­lent record­ings and con­certs. Keep them com­ing!

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