Will he be ashamed of his virgin effort?

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:

The record industry never makes the fuss about a Sibelius cycle that it does with Beethoven and Mahler. Not sure why not. Maybe Sibelius sells less, or Finns are shy. Or, past sets by the likes of Colin Davis, Neeme Järvi and Herbert Blomstedt failed to get the suits excited.

The new set from young Finn wizz Klaus Mäkelä comes accompanied by exceptional hype from Decca, always a strong Sibelius label. The conductor’s promise is incontestable. At 26, he is chief of the Oslo Philharmonic and the Orchestre de Paris, and hotly tipped to succeed in Chicago or New York. So how’s his Sibelius?

Read on here.

And here.

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