Glad you asked, Serge. I have several recordings of the Sibelius violin concerto. My preferred performance is by Stern-Ormandy-Philadelphia, recorded about 40 years ago, and I HOPE still available. I prefer the driven rather than relaxed performances of the concerto. I think youthful performers tend to make a showpiece out of the work (the way I like it), and some older soloists delve deeply and lovingly into the work, in no hurry to get to the end. If "edgy" is the same as "driven", I'm sure I'd like it. I'd probably like it anyway, as there is only one performance that has left me cold, and that's no longer available.<BR>Sibelius would probably have prefered a relaxed version. He took a dim view of showpieces for orchestra, by others or himself. He let it all hang out just 3 times by my count: Finlandia, Lemminkainen's Homecoming, and the finale of the 2nd sym. That makes me think he would not expect a performer to dazzle using his music as a vehicle. Just a guess. <BR>One last aside: he was a violinist in his youth, and hoped to make that his career. But he was self critical,and later felt he would never become the performer he could accept. It's strange, given his love for the violin, that he only wrote one major work for it. There are some lovely lesser works for violin and orchestra: 2 Serenades, Two Serious Melodies, and 6 Humoresques.<BR>Who are your special composers, Serge, and preferred performances?