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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GothenburgFestival with Santtu-Matias Rouvali: Free entry

Sibelius
Gothenburg Symphony; Santtu-Matias Rouvali

StockholmThe Finland Jubilee

Sibelius, Mahler
Helsinki Symphony; Susanna Mälkki; Gerhild Romberger; Simon O'Neill

LondonProm 51

Sibelius, Saint-Saëns, Elgar
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Javier Perianes

StockholmEstonian Festival Orchestra

Shostakovich, Tüür, Sibelius
Estonian Festival Orchestra; Paavo Järvi; Ksenija Sidorova

StockholmRadical Light

Stucky, Salonen, Sibelius
Sibelius Academy Orchestra; Juilliard School of Music; Jonathan Roozeman

LahtiGSO in Finland

Sibelius
Gothenburg Symphony; Santtu-Matias Rouvali
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Prom 33: Nordic noir meets German Expressionism

Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen’s Proms debut was just one highlight in a rewarding programme of Nordic and German music.
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Musikdorf Ernen lights up the sky

Nestled in the alps, Musikdorf Ernen’s chamber music festival concerts recently began its annual Kammermusik Plus weeks with works that showcased some extraordinary young talents.
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Benedetti's extraordinary Shostakovich at the Proms

Some rare and some great Shostakovich meet in concert while the BBC National Orchestra of Wales make an engrossing case for Sibelius' great Second Symphony.
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Brilliantly played 20th-century classics at the Proms

Vivid playing thrills at the Proms, but fell short of engrossing storytelling.
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Prom 2: A love letter from Berlin

Barenboim has a long relationship with Elgar's music, but the Staatskapelle's love affair is more recent, still in the passionate, excitable phase of discovery.
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A Trip to the Moon misses its lift-off

Under Sir Simon Rattle’s baton, Andrew Norman’s children’s opera struggles to find either terrene or otherworldly land.
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