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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

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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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ViennaSchumann & Sibelius

Schumann, Sibelius
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Philippe Jordan; Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

OkayamaIceland Symphony Tours, Japan

Sigurbjörnsson, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Sibelius
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Nobuyuki Tsujii

StrasbourgSibelius m'était conté

Salonen, Sibelius, Brahms
Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg; Axel Kober; Charlotte Juillard

TokyoIceland Symphony Tours, Japan

Sigurbjörnsson, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Sibelius
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Nobuyuki Tsujii

PortsmouthSmooth Classics II

Smooth Classics II
Mozart, Elgar, Sibelius, Satie
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Anna Fedorova

PooleSmooth Classics II

Smooth Classics II
Mozart, Elgar, Sibelius, Satie
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Anna Fedorova
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Beguiling Tchaikovsky from Gerhardt and Mäkelä in Antwerp

Klaus Mäkelä © Heikki Tuuli
The Rococo Variations show Pyotr Ilyich at his most beguiling and Gerhardt’s cello made the Andante sostenuto variation sing from every bar.
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Knockout playing from the Tonkünstler in Edinburgh

The Tonkünstler in Usher Hall © Ute van der Sanden
This concert at Usher Hall delivered extraordinary playing, in repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Bernstein and Sibelius.
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Matinee enchantment from Grosvenor, Sinaisky and the CBSO

Benjamin Grosvenor © Decca | Sophie Wright
This afternoon Vassily Sinaisky was in charge of the CBSO for a matinee performance which began with Wagner’s overture, ended with a Sibelius symphony and had siphoned between them an ever-popular piano concerto by Mozart.
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Canellakis, Aimard and the LPO escape to the country

Karina Canellakis © Mathias Bothor
The London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Karina Canellakis and with Pierre-Laurent Aimard as soloist, offer a scenic tour to territories once visualised by Sibelius, Dvořák and Bartók.
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Transatlantic conversations with the RLPO

Estonian conductor Anu Tali © Kabir Cardenas
Bringing their residency to a close, Anderson and Roe perform Mozart’s concerto for two pianos. Anu Tali makes her RLPO debut with Bernstein, Tubin and Sibelius.
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Fantastic variations: Brett Dean's new Cello Concerto

Alban Gerhardt © Kaupo Kikkas
Sakari Oramo conducts the European première of a fine new work alongside familiar Grieg and Sibelius.
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