SIBELIUS Symphonies Nos. 4-7 / Karajan 4577482

. . . submit to one seamless line ż "here time becomes space". As in the prelude to "Parsifal", it's possible to lose all sense of external time-measurements in Karajan's hands as he melts the clock.

Towering performances . . .

. . . [this recording of Sibelius 4] is far and away the best: just listen to how the double-basses "tell" in the opening bars, while the whole sound is really gorgeous, with exactly the right amount of resonance to bring it alive. The strings have a superb quality, the brass is splendid, and the range of this recording is remarkable . . . Plus, the playing is superb and there's a very great deal that is wonderfully well interpreted.

Karajan begreift intuitiv das Prozesshafte und Moderne, doch auch das Rhapsodische und wild Gefügte der Musik.

Il subjugue par l'ampleur lyrique et la noblesse de sa version berlinoise de 1965 (DG). La perfection sonore forme avec l'austérité de cette oeuvre tragique et expressionniste . . . un alliage novateur et fascinant.