I am grateful to Edward Clark for leaving a Comment on this post, https://www.colinscolumn.com/junes-recording-highlights/, regarding Maurice Abravanel’s Sibelius Cycle, recorded 1977 for Vanguard. Luckily, I have tracked down a complete set on the (American) Musical Concepts label, issued in 2011, and am very pleased to have done so. The sound is good, the transfers first-class, the Utah SO playing fully responsive to Abravanel’s direction, and on the strength of Symphonies Three and Seven he appears to be a sympathetic Sibelius interpreter of distinction and perception; numerous personal touches, not least subtle variations of pace that nevertheless do not compromise the all-important wholeness and inevitability of these scores. I look forward to listening to the other five works, especially Symphony Four. There is something very inviting about Abravanel’s music-making.