Sibelius's Violin Concerto: an in-depth guide to the best recordings

Monday, June 6, 2022

Jean Sibelius’s sole concerto, in which every note is valuable, according to Ida Haendel, remains among his most popular works. David Gutman surveys recordings reaching back nine decades

Lake Keitele, by Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865 1931); the opening shimmer of the Concerto reflects, for Leonidas Kavakos, the calmness of a Finnish lake (photo: Bridgeman Images)
Lake Keitele, by Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865 1931); the opening shimmer of the Concerto reflects, for Leonidas Kavakos, the calmness of a Finnish lake (photo: Bridgeman Images)

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