Jean Sibelius

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...

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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LondonRCM String Showcase

Brahms, Granados, Prokofiev, Villa-Lobos, de Falla, Sibelius, Bach, Dvořák

New RomneyLondon Mozart Players | Daniel Cook | Michael Bawtree

Albinoni, Bingham, Elgar, Poulenc, Sibelius
Michael Bawtree; London Mozart Players; Daniel Cook

LondonNorman, Sibelius

Norman, Sibelius
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Guildhall School Musicians; LSO Discovery Choirs; LSO Community Choir

Aix-en-ProvenceThe Lyrical Instinct (L'instinct lyrique)

Schumann, Sibelius
Evan Hughes; Hélio Vida

LondonProm 2

Sibelius, Elgar
Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim; Lisa Batiashvili

LondonProm 5

Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Thomas Søndergård; Behzod Abduraimov
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Popularity contexts at the Philharmonie

Leif Ove Andsnes is supremely eloquent in Rachmaninov’s Fourth, but Strauss's Macbeth looks set to remain on the fringes. 
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There’s no place like Rome: dazzling Respighi

All roads lead to Rome. Last night however, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia brought the Eternal City vividly to London.
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European assortment from Charles Dutoit and the SF Symphony

Charles Dutoit and the SFS brings us a night of Sibelius, Mozart, de Falla and Debussy, giving us a wonderful taste of Europe in one sitting. 
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Explosive London recital debut from Lise Davidsen

A voice with the proportions of a cathedral; a higher register that's entirely secure; an attention to text. Rosenblatt Recitals gave a tantalising preview of a singer who will have a stellar career.
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Alina Ibragimova's Brahms thrills Symphony Hall

Alina Ibragimove reigns supreme in Symphony Hall with Brahms' Violin Concerto as Ulster Orchestra srtuggle to find the depth of emotion Sibelius deserves in Symphony No 1
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Winding voices: Jansons places the clarinet centre stage

Thrilling performances of Sibelius and Bartók at the Philharmonie overshadow lightweight Weber from Andreas Ottensamer.
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