Herbert von KARAJAN plays SIBELIUS in LONDON
Two classic recordings by Karajan while he was in London as the imposed guest of Walter Legge, director of the
Philharmonia Orchestra. The two symphonies form a lavish but unusual combination – Symphony no.2, the most
popular of the seven created the composer of Valse Triste, and his curious Symphony no.4, a violent, arid, anti-
Malherian dissertation infused with doubt and melancholy due to its baleful (augmented fourth) tritone interval,
the hitherto spurned diabolus in musica. Two paradoxal masterworks.
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