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BBC Phil­har­monic Orches­tra/ John Storgårds Chan­dos CHAN 10809 (3) (3 CDs)

Ev­ery­thing, wrote Ger­ald Abra­ham in 1947, is cal­cu­lated for the long view in Si­belius. And that’s how John Storgårds con­ducts the great Finn’s seven sym­phonies. There’s a mus­cu­lar­ity in Storgårds’s ap­proach, a dis­in­cli­na­tion to dally for mo­men­tary ex­pres­sive ef­fect that makes the first two sym­phonies seem much more mod­ern than they of­ten do. He draws the Third closer than you might ex­pect to the dark world of the Fourth, and his han­dling of the later sym­phonies is nearly as fine. This su­perbly recorded set also in­cludes tan­ta­lis­ing snip­pets of mu­sic that may have been in­tended for an Eighth Sym­phony that would never see the light of day – less than three min­utes of mu­sic to whet your ap­petite and make you won­der.

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