Sibelius symphonies -
'... an important enterprise ...'
In the early nineteen thirties, on both sides of the Atlantic, a handful of conductors had begun to take note of Jean Sibelius; the Finns had previously had him to themselves to celebrate.
Among his most persuasive advocates in Britain were Sir Henry Wood, John Barbirolli and Malcolm Sargent while across the Atlantic he was programmed by American-based conductors -- Russian-born Serge Koussevitsky, London-born Leopold Stokowski and Budapest-born Eugene Ormandy.
Finland's composer/conductor Robert Kajanus was the first to make recordings of Sibelius's First, Second, Third and Fifth symphonies. They were recorded in the early 1930s with the London Symphony Orchestra...
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