Sibelius Symphonies Nos 3, 6 and 7
Minnesota Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä
BIS BIS-2006 (hybrid CD/SACD)
Reviewed August 2016
Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä has no need to prove his stature as one of our greatest living Sibelians, so do we need a second cycle of symphonies when his set with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra from the 1990s is so good? Your answer is right here: from the slow burn of the Third Symphony to one of the most compelling accounts of the Seventh, the playing is inspired, the SACD sound utterly superb.
Audio clip: Excerpt from Symphony No. 7 in C major