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Jean Sibelius

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

Sibelius in 1889/90
An overview of Sibelius' first two symphonies from the perspective of an orchestral violinist. 

Whole in one: Sibelius’ Seventh

Jean Sibelius in 1923
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?

Jean Sibelius
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

Finland snow
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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BromleyColourful Classics

Colourful Classics
Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Jamie Phillips; Michael Petrov

NottinghamThe Hallé in Nottingham

© Stefan Wildhirt
Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák
The Hallé; Karl-Heinz Steffens; Yulianna Avdeeva

BilbaoVariaciones al viento

Variaciones al viento
Webern, Lazkano, Sibelius
Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi; Robert Trevino

TokyoSir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Ravel, Szymanowski, Sibelius
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Janine Jansen

GatesheadBBC SSO at the Sage

BBC SSO at the Sage
Sibelius, Nielsen
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard; Viktoria Mullova

Cham1. Abokonzert - Hoppe spielt Beethoven

© Remo Ubezio
Beethoven, Sibelius
Zuger Sinfonietta; Daniel Huppert; Esther Hoppe
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Something special in the air: Rattle and the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle © Mark Allan | Barbican
Festive Janáček and energetically fresh Sibelius from Rattle and the LSO, with impressive focus and intensity from Janine Jansen in Szymanowski's sensuous Violin Concerto no. 1.
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Sibelius Festival in Lahti opens with Swanwhite rarity

Baiba Skride © Maarit Kyt Aharju
Baiba Skride gripped the audience in Sibelius's Violin Concerto in the opening concert of this year's Sibelius Festival in Lahti, along with some rarities by the composer.
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Prom 52: Gardner chisels out the bigger picture in Sibelius 2

Edward Gardner conducts the Bergen Philharmonic © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
A theatrical first half saw the world première of Rolf Wallin's violin concerto, Whirld, played by Alina Ibragimova.  
****1
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Perfect music for a summer evening

James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler
Excellent performances by James Gaffigan and The Cleveland Orchestra of music by Barber, Mendelssohn, and Sibelius made for an enjoyable summer evening at the Blossom Music Festival. Stephen Hough was an outstanding piano soloist.
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Prom 42: Paavo Järvi flies the flag for Estonia

Paavo Järvi conducts the Estonian Festival Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The Estonian Festival Orchestra makes its Proms debut in a refreshing Baltic-Nordic programme.
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Denève and Hadelich eloquent, bold in Sibelius and Ravel

Stéphane Denève © Drew Farrell
Stéphane Denève and Augustin Hadelich each prove themselves to be at the very forefront of performers active today. 
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