In 2015, we mark the 150th anniversaries of both Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. This month, we are publishing articles about different aspects of their lives and their music.

Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius
Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius

Sibelius is justly renowned across the musical world, but the music of Nielsen is performed much less often. Jacob Slattery explores Nielsen’s output for wind instruments, from chamber music to concertos, including his final work… for two recorders!

After Sibelius composed his tone poem Tapiola in 1926, there followed a long silence where no major works were composed. Or were they? In a fascinating article, Katy Wright looks at his post-Tapiola silence.

One thing both Sibelius and Nielsen had in common was that they both composed a single Violin Concerto. Violinist Kevin Ng analyses these two works, with illustrated examples from performances.

Erica Miner looks at Sibelius' first two symphonies from the perspective of an orchestral violinist. 

Aksel Tollåli explores a rarity - Nielsen's opera Maskarade

Read reviews and find out where in the world you can find Sibelius and Nielsen in performance by visiting their dedicated composer pages: Sibelius & Nielsen

Nordic twin peaks: the Violin Concertos of Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius

Celebrating the Wind Music of Carl Nielsen

Sibelius’ Silence?

Behind the disguise: a look at Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade

Sibelius' Symphonies 1 & 2: A violinist’s perspective