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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VigoReal Filharmonía de Galicia

Handel, Sibelius, Beethoven
Real Filharmonía de Galicia; Paul Daniel

SingaporeSSO Gala • Janine Jansen

Sibelius, Dvořák
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Blendulf; Janine Jansen

Santiago de CompostelaReal Filharmonía de Galicia

Handel, Sibelius, Beethoven
Real Filharmonía de Galicia; Paul Daniel

OsakaThe 287th Subscription Concert of Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra

Oshima, Grieg, Sibelius
Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra; Sachio Fujioka; Kanon Matsuda

OsakaThe 220th Subscription Concert

Brahms, Sibelius
Japan Century Symphony Orchestra; Kazuyoshi Akiyama; Alina Ibragimova

SendaiSendai Philharmonic Orchestra Special Concert Series with Yamada Kazuki, Vol. 5, “Horizon”

Sibelius, Grieg
Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra; Kazuki Yamada; Hyun-Jung Lim
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James Ehnes excels in Beethoven's Violin Concerto

Ehnes excels in Beethoven, and Gardner draws lovely tone from the RNSO.
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Leif Ove Andsnes unleashes Nordic magic

Paavo Järvi joined artist-in-residence Leif Ove Andsnes and the musicians of the New York Philharmonic for Rachmaninov, Salonen and Sibelius.
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Blazing recital from Leila Josefowicz at Wigmore Hall

Leila Josefowicz ticked all the boxes in this stunning recital: highly imaginative curation; musicality in every note; and a winning ability to communicate to the Wigmore Hall audience.
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Nordic, but not noir: Salonen and the Philharmonia

In its opening concert of the season, the Philharmonia gave two of Sibelius' symphonies with two modern pieces by a pair of Iceland's finest young composers, which made for rewarding listening.
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Gražinytė-Tyla's Childlike View of Heaven in Birmingham

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra brought a fresh approach to Mahler's Fourth Symphony and the harp took centre stage for a change with a concerto première.  
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Heights of expression from Oramo and the BBCSO

A dream programme of works by Strauss, Berg and Sibelius, matched by performances from Sakari Oramo, Alina Pogostkina and the BBC Symphony Orchestra that really hit the sweet spot.
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