Notes & Reviews:
Decca presents six new titles in the VIRTUOSO series. With stellar recordings, famous artists, strong visuals, innovative booklet notes and best-selling composers, all offered at an excellent price, the Virtuoso series makes serious classical music approachable without compromise. This album contains Sibelius' Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6, performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi.
These new recordings are strongly projected, real performances, the string playing in particular being more fervent and more vividly recorded than in Jarvi's earlier cycle.
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