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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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LondonChloë Hanslip performs Sibelius

Prokofiev, Sibelius
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Shelley; Chloë Hanslip

LiverpoolFinnish Skies

Beethoven, Schnelzer, Hummel, Sibelius
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Jaime Martín; François Leleux

LondonNing Feng performs Prokofiev

Sibelius, Prokofiev
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Shelley; Ning Feng

ParisSibelius, Strauss

Sibelius, Strauss R.
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Mikko Franck; Alina Pogostkina

SapporoGrieg, Chopin, Sibelius

Grieg, Chopin, Sibelius
Sapporo Symphony Orchestra; Ken Takaseki; Tomohiro Uchida

LondonSibelius, Bernstein, Nielsen

Sibelius, Bernstein, Nielsen
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Antonio Pappano; Janine Jansen
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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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Inkinen’s finely-wrought Russian landscapes

A pair of Soviet Cold War classics featured in Pietari Inkinen's Budapest debut at Müpa. 
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Bracing Sibelius from Neeme Järvi in Chicago

Neeme Järvi’s authoritative CSO appearance was grounded by two major scores of Sibelius, preceded by a Prokofiev violin concerto with Vadim Gluzman and a rarely heard work of Glazunov.
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Sauna, sisu and Sibelius: Independence day gala concert in Turku Concert Hall

Turku Philharmonic with conductor Atso Almila joined the Finland's 99th indepence day jubilee in a concert flourishing with national feeling. 
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A Liederabend in Stockholm

An evening of songs by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Quilter, and several Scandinavian composers.

Khachatryan's Sibelius impresses in Seattle

Sibelius' Violin Concerto remains one of the true tests for violinists, and was performed with great emotional depth in Seattle by young Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan. 
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