The Sibelius Symphony #2 opens with a beautiful and melodic woodwind passage, and the entire symphony continues in that pleasant vein. As the short liner notes state, the symphony is meant to bring to mind the land of Finland, and it easily succeeds. The middle two movements are bit too "romantic" for my taste, but the final movement, with the bass background driving the glorious theme, is fantastic. The Karelia suite also put on this CD is quite light and fun. It sounds like sleigh bells ringing along on a winter voyage through the woods.