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"Passionate yet antisensual" was pianist Glenn Gould's description of Sibelius 'music, and his symphonies do seem to evoke the natural world more than the human. I heard the Symphony No. 5 once at an outdoor concert, just as a storm was coming in; no music more aptly accompanies distant thunder, purpling skies and lighting flashes. Sir Colin Davis 'performances evoke this elemental quality — with a textural clarity that suggests a sort of austere Northern purity and skillful pacing that captures both the onrush and the majesty of Sibelius 'music.