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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...

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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TokyoSubscription Concert Series No.658

Subscription Concert Series No.658
Sibelius, Bruckner
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; Mark Wigglesworth; Jennifer Pike

NorrkopingSegerstam & Skoogh

Segerstam & Skoogh
Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Segerstam
Norrköping Symphony Orchestra; Leif Segerstam; Francisca Skoogh

GothenburgRachmaninov's Masterpiece

Sibelius, Rachmaninov
Norrköping Symphony Orchestra; Leif Segerstam; Francisca Skoogh

YamagataThe 268th Subscription Concert

The 268th Subscription Concert
Yamagata Symphony Orchestra; Okko Kamu

NorthamptonMark Bebbington performs Chopin

Mark Bebbington performs Chopin
Smetana, Chopin, Sibelius
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Alan Buribayev; Mark Bebbington

Tokyo#14 RUBY [Afternoon Concert Series]

#14 RUBY [Afternoon Concert Series]
Sallinen, Nielsen, Sibelius
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; Okko Kamu; Akira Shirao
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Forever young: Blomstedt leads LA Phil in Beethoven and Sibelius

Herbert Blomstedt © U.K. Lengemann
Blomstedt’s lean and athletic performances of Beethoven’s and Sibelius’ second symphonies go to show that age really is just a number. 
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RTÉ NSO delivers enjoyable Nielsen, Ravel and Sibelius

Javier Perianes © Josep Molina
A charming rendition of Nielsen's Aladdin Suite and Ravel’s Piano Concerto made up the first half while Martín gave us a romantic rendition of Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony.
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Tales of wonderment and vivid imagery

Yi-Jia Susanne Hou © Wright Music Management
Alexander Shelley curated a hot-blooded programme of adventure and imagery with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with Susanne Hou showing extraordinary technique and class in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.
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Golden glow in Sir Andrew Davis' Sibelius 1 with the BBC Philharmonic

Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Philharmonic in Elgar, Rachmaninov and Sibelius with pianist Kathryn Stott.
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Paavo Järvi brings the Estonian Festival Orchestra to Zurich

Paavo Järvi © Julia Bayer
Paavo Järvi conducted the Estonian Festival Orchestra that he founded in select works by Northern composers.
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Energy and enchantment at Sage Gateshead

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Vern Evans
In her first appearance with the CBSO at Sage Gateshead, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla switches between energy and tranquility with Sibelius, Brahms and Bartók.
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