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Vladimir Ashkenazy

The Best of Sibelius (CD)

Other than the Symphonies and the Violin Concerto, these works represent some of Sibelius’ most popular orchestral pieces – and some of their finest performances. The "Finlandia" is truly epic and searing, the "Valse triste" ethereal, and the "Four Legends" (which includes the famous "Swan of Tunonela") in turn ethereal and commanding.

Finlandia, Op. 26 No. 7
Karelia Suite, Op. 11

Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy

Four Legends from the Kalevala, Op. 22

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Horst Stein