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...
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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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TruroElgar's Lament

Beethoven, Elgar, Sibelius
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Michael Seal; Guy Johnston

TokyoThe Day of Orchestra

Sibelius, Stravinsky
The Day of Orchestra Festival Orchestra; Shigeo Genda; Svetlin Roussev

CrawleyTeo Gheorghiu performs Tchaikovsky

Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Shelley; Teo Gheorghiu

Southend-on-SeaTeo Gheorghiu performs Tchaikovsky

Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Shelley; Teo Gheorghiu

LondonNatasha Paremski performs Rachmaninov

Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Barry Wordsworth; Natasha Paremski

SheffieldRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra

Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Barry Wordsworth; Natasha Paremski
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Grandeur and opulence in Oslo Phil's Rachmaninov

The Oslo Philharmonic offers a spirited interpretation of fine nuance and a sense of grandeur and opulence in Rachmaninov's Second Symphony. 
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Pastoral and Pastiche: Sibelius and Busoni in Boston

Sakari Oramo returned to Symphony Hall to lead Sibelius' Symphony no. 3 in C major and Busoni’s rarely performed, grandiose Concerto in C for Piano, Orchestra and Men’s Chorus with Kirill Gerstein.
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Siren song: Detlev Glanert's *Megaris

Put Sakari Oramo in front of the BBCSO and invariably something magical happens. This concert included rare repertoire from two of Oramo's favourite Scandinavian composers. 
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Epic Sibelius ends from the Vienna Tonkünstler

Yutaka Sado and the Tonkünstler excel in the epic passages of the Sibelius and the outer movements of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, less convincing in more lyrical moments. 
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From Leipzig to Finland in Manchester

A satisfying programme of familiar and unfamiliar works by the BBC Philarhomic under its Principal Guest Conductor. 
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Musical myths and legends at the Hallé

The Hallé under Cristian Măcelaru performs a thrilling concert of works inspired by legends, along with Poulenc's Organ Concerto. 
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