Santtu-Matias Rouvali & GSO - Sibelius: Symphony No. 2, King Christian II - Europadisc
The orchestral disc that really stood out for us was a magnificent performance of Sibelius’s Second Symphony from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under Santtu-Matias Rouvali. A reading of ‘enormous integrity and structural coherence’ that combined ‘sheer mastery with a dazzling textural clarity’, it’s coupled with an equally impressive but pleasantly contrastive account of the King Christian II Suite. Rouvali’s Sibelius cycle is steadily shaping up to be something really special.