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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ValenciaOrquesta de Valencia

Sibelius, Shostakovich, Mahler
Orquesta de Valencia; Ramón Tebar; Sergey Khachatryan

LondonSibelius, Merikanto

Sibelius, Merikanto
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Anu Komsi

LiverpoolWinter Landscapes

Brahms, Stenhammar, Sibelius
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Manze; Marc-André Hamelin

ParisSibelius, Concerto pour violon

Serksnyte, Sibelius, Bartók
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; Lisa Batiashvili

GatesheadCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Sibelius, Brahms, Bartók
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; Ning Feng

BelfastThe Great Cello Concertos: Dvořák

Elgar, Dvořák, Sibelius
Ulster Orchestra; Jac van Steen; Johannes Moser
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Balancing longueurs and invention

Three works performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin included few novel musical ideas relative to their lengths.
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Salonen's independence celebrations miss the mark

The celebrations 100 years of Finnish Independence move to the Royal Festival Hall, with an all-Sibelius programme and Esa-Pekka Salonen: the highlight is soloist Vilde Frang's playing of the Violin Concerto.
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Celebrating Finnish nationhood

An all-Sibelius programme given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo, featuring a UK première, an instrumental rarity and the First Symphony.
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Translucent sounds: Vaughan Williams, Sibelius and Dvořák in Belfast

The Ulster Orchestra and Rosanne Philippens dazzle in Vaughan Williams and Sibelius under the baton of Jac van Steen.
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Fire and ice: striking Sibelius and stunning Hillborg

Sakari Oramo led an inspired BBC Symphony Orchestra in cultured performances of Sibelius, while Lisa Batiashvili produced a monumental UK première of Anders Hillborg’s evocative Violin Concerto No.2.
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Mindful mission, perfect poet

The gifted Norwegian pianist brought a programme of varied and demanding works to the fourth recital of Lucerne’s renowned Piano Festival.
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