Sibelius Symphony No 2 and other Orchestral Works

"William Boughton and the English String Orchestra play much of their programme with real feeling: their Death of Mélisande is quite touching and throughout their programme there is an evident sympathy with the Sibelian idiom ... his (Boughton's) performances are so sympathetic and direct. The recording, made in the Great Hall of Birmingham University, is very clean and present. Likeable, unpretentious performances." Robert Layton, Gramophone



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Review "This Sibelius double disc CD includes orchestral works by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra[Disc one]and the English string Orchestra[Disc Two]Being a lover of large scale orchestral pieces I prefer the first disc.It contains an excellent recording from William Boughton and the RPO of Sibelius' second symphony.Indeed it ranks up there with the best of them.Particularly in the climatic allegro moderato the swirling string playing of the RPO tends to reach another plane.So too does the RPO brass and wind section in the mighty Finlandia.Sibelius' impressive symphonic poem En Saga completes the first disc. If you like chamber music then disc two is for you with William Boughton and the English String Orchestra playing Sibelius' pieces like the Pelleas et Melisande Suite.But getting this two CD set alone just for the second symphony is reason enough."A/Burrows
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