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

An overview of Sibelius' first two symphonies from the perspective of an orchestral violinist. 

Whole in one: Sibelius’ Seventh

Cast in a single span lasting little more than 20 minutes, Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony is a miracle of compression and defies conventional analysis. 

Sibelius’ Silence?

On 26th December, 1926, Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphonic Society gave the première of Tapiola, a tone poem depicting the forest spirit of the Kalevala. No-one knew thatTapiola would turn out to be the composer’s last major work...
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Sibelius 150: An anniversary playlist

We’ve written a lot about Sibelius in this anniversary year but for his actual 150th birthday we thought we’d offer our favourite Sibelius works for your listening enjoyment!

Sibelius and Nielsen 150: Anniversary Composers

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.
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NanjingSibelius, Mahler

Sibelius, Mahler
London Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding; Nikolaj Znaider; Christiane Karg

ShanghaiSibelius, Rachmaninov

Sibelius, Rachmaninov
London Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding

LuxembourgNHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

Sibelius, Shostakovich
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Paavo Järvi; Janine Jansen

MacauSibelius, Rachmaninov

Sibelius, Rachmaninov
London Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding

NottinghamVienna Tonkünstler Orchestra with Yutaka Sado and Angela Hewitt

Mozart, Beethoven, Sibelius
Tonkuenstler Orchestra of Lower Austria; Yutaka Sado; Angela Hewitt

ParisNHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

Sibelius, Shostakovich
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Paavo Järvi; Janine Jansen
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From Leipzig to Finland in Manchester

A satisfying programme of familiar and unfamiliar works by the BBC Philarhomic under its Principal Guest Conductor. 
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Musical myths and legends at the Hallé

The Hallé under Cristian Măcelaru performs a thrilling concert of works inspired by legends, along with Poulenc's Organ Concerto. 
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Italian Passion ignites a blazing Inextinguishable Symphony at the Barbican

In a cleverly-designed programme, Sir Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra brought meticulous attention to detail and plenty of drama in three superb performances.
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Frenzy and passion at Cadogan Hall

Alexander Shelley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra mixed simplicity with demonic shenanigans in two Prokofiev symphonies, while Chloë Hanslip dug deep in an impassioned Sibelius Violin Concerto.
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Pure gold from the Clevelanders and Welser-Möst in Chicago

The Cleveland Orchestra’s Chicago appearance with music director Franz Welser-Möst offered symphonies of Beethoven and Sibelius in performances that exuded both precision and beauty.
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Iréne Theorin makes Stockholm Konserthuset debut

A programme of songs by Wolf, Strauss, and Scandinavian composers, with Iréne Theorin and Ulrika Tenstam.
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