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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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BedfordPhilharmonia Orchestra - Rouvali Conducts Sibelius & Ravel

© Jonas Becker
Sibelius, Ravel
Philharmonia Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Alice Sara Ott

BasingstokePhilharmonia Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra
Sibelius, Ravel
Philharmonia Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Alice Sara Ott

LondonPhilharmonia Orchestra - Rouvali Conducts Sibelius & Ravel

© Jonas Becker
Ravel, Sibelius
Philharmonia Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Alice Sara Ott

YokohamaKanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra Minatomirai Series No.346

Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra Minatomirai Series No.346
Hindemith, Mozart, Sibelius
Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra; Christian Lindberg

Madrid100 años de la Filarmónica de Oslo en Ibermúsica

© Mark McNulty
Brahms, Sibelius
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; Simon Trpčeski

LondonLandscapes of heart and soul

Landscapes of heart and soul
Sibelius, Bruckner
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Robin Ticciati; Christian Tetzlaff
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Capricious Brahms and vivacious Sibelius in Belfast

Simon Trpčeski © Benjamin Ealovega
Simon Trpčeski gives a commendable performance of Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, whilst Gabriel Bebeşelea conducts the Ulster Orchestra in a thought-provoking Sibelius Second Symphony.
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Diamonds in the snow: Rattle, Hannigan and the LSO

Barbara Hannigan © Raphael Brand
Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO kick off the New Year by showcasing a contemporary vocal masterpiece (with Barbara Hannigan as soloist) together with two symphonies by Nordic composers.
****1
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Tom Poster stars in a Hallé concert of Nordic magic

Jean Sibelius in 1913 © Wikicommons, public domain
Grieg's Piano Concerto played by Tom Poster and the Hallé under Stpehen Bell was the highlight of a popular programme of Nordic favourites by Grieg and Sibelius
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Russo-Finnish favorites from JoAnn Falletta leading the VSO

JoAnn Falletta © Brendan Bannon
A fresh take on timeless classics keeps the interest high in this concert featuring cellist Julian Schwarz and conductor JoAnn Falletta leading the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
****1
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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.
****1
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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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