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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Gateshead

Grieg without trolls: Oslo Philharmonic at Sage Gateshead

By , 10 March 2019
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
London

Salonen shines as both composer and conductor with the Philharmonia

By , 24 February 2019
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Alice Sara Ott © Esther Haase | Deutsche Grammophon
Munich

Playful sound worlds with Alice Sara Ott and the Gothenburg Symphony in Munich

By , 20 February 2019
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Barbara Hannigan conducts the Juilliard Orchestra © Rachel Papo
New York City

Barbara Hannigan makes NYC conducting debut at Juilliard

By , 08 February 2019
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Christian Tetzlaff © Giorgia Bertazzi
London

Fire burn and cauldron bubble: Tetzlaff, Ticciati and the LPO

By , 02 February 2019
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Diana Damrau, Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO © Peter Meisel
London

Straussian perfection from Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO at the Barbican

By , 26 January 2019
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Kaija Saariaho © Robert Torres
Boston

Northern lights: John Storgårds leads the Boston Symphony in Saariaho, Mozart, and Sibelius

By , 25 January 2019
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
London

France 2 – 0 Finland: an uneven match under Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the Philharmonia

By , 24 January 2019
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Vasily Petrenko © Svetlana Tarlova
Liverpool

Profoundly serious Sibelius from the RLPO and Vasily Petrenko

By , 20 January 2019
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Simon Trpčeski © Benjamin Ealovega
Belfast

Capricious Brahms and vivacious Sibelius in Belfast

By , 18 January 2019
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Barbara Hannigan © Raphael Brand
London

Diamonds in the snow: Rattle, Hannigan and the LSO

By , 10 January 2019
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Jean Sibelius in 1913 © Wikicommons, public domain
Manchester

Tom Poster stars in a Hallé concert of Nordic magic

By , 13 December 2018
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JoAnn Falletta © Brendan Bannon
Virginia Beach

Russo-Finnish favorites from Julian Schwarz, JoAnn Falletta and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

By , 02 December 2018
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Klaus Mäkelä © Heikki Tuuli
Antwerp

Beguiling Tchaikovsky from Alban Gerhardt and Klaus Mäkelä in Antwerp

By , 28 October 2018
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The Tonkünstler in Usher Hall © Ute van der Sanden
Edinburgh

Knockout playing from the Tonkünstler in Edinburgh

By , 28 October 2018
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Benjamin Grosvenor © Decca | Sophie Wright
Birmingham

Matinee enchantment from Grosvenor, Sinaisky and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

By , 25 October 2018
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Karina Canellakis © Mathias Bothor
London

Canellakis, Aimard and the London Philharmonic escape to the country

By , 10 October 2018
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Estonian conductor Anu Tali © Kabir Cardenas
Liverpool

Transatlantic conversations with Tali directing piano duo Anderson & Roe in Liverpool

By , 05 October 2018
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Alban Gerhardt © Kaupo Kikkas
Berlin

Fantastic variations: Brett Dean's new Cello Concerto impresses at the Philharmonie

By , 04 October 2018
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Viktoria Mullova © Henry Fair
Gateshead

Different temperaments: the BBC SSO play Sibelius and Nielsen at Gateshead

By , 29 September 2018
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

Titanic Sibelius opens the BBC Philharmonic season

By , 22 September 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Something special in the air: Rattle and the LSO in energetic Sibelius 5

By , 19 September 2018
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Baiba Skride © Maarit Kyt Aharju
Lahti

Sibelius Festival in Lahti opens with Swanwhite rarity

By , 06 September 2018
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Edward Gardner conducts the Bergen Philharmonic © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 52: Gardner chisels out the bigger picture in Sibelius 2

By , 21 August 2018
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James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler
Cleveland

Perfect music for a summer evening: Gaffigan and The Cleveland Orchestra

By , 18 August 2018
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Paavo Järvi conducts the Estonian Festival Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 42: Paavo Järvi flies the flag for Estonia

By , 13 August 2018
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Stéphane Denève © Drew Farrell
Los Angeles

Denève and Hadelich eloquent, bold in Sibelius and Ravel at the Hollywood Bowl

By , 24 July 2018
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
London

Prom 14: Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic go for contrasts

By , 24 July 2018
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Thomas Adès © Hilary Scott
Lenox

A musical polymath and a nonpareil violinist share a Tanglewood afternoon

By , 22 July 2018
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Thomas Dausgaard © Brandon Patoc
Seattle

Dausgaard and Seattle Symphony take on an early Sibelius epic

By , 31 May 2018
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Thomas Dausgaard © Thomas Grondahl
Glasgow

With Kullervo, BBC Scottish looks to the north for a gripping end to the season

By , 17 May 2018
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Alban Gerhardt © Kaupo Kikkas
Belgrade

Alban Gerhardt stars in Martinů’s Cello Concerto no. 1 with the Belgrade Philharmonic

By , 11 May 2018
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Pinchas Zukerman © Cheryl Mazak
London

RPO and Pinchas Zukerman deliver safe as houses repertoire

By , 26 April 2018
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Susanna Mälkki © Simon Fowler
London

From Sibelius to Giguère, Mälkki returns to the LSO with versatility

By , 15 April 2018
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Herbert Blomstedt © U.K. Lengemann
Los Angeles

Forever young: Blomstedt leads LA Phil in Beethoven and Sibelius

By , 16 March 2018
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Javier Perianes © Josep Molina
Dublin

Martín conducting RTÉ NSO delivers an enjoyable programme of Nielsen, Ravel and Sibelius

By , 09 March 2018
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Yi-Jia Susanne Hou © Wright Music Management
London

Tales of wonderment and vivid imagery from Shelley and the RPO

By , 27 February 2018
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Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
Manchester

Golden glow in Sir Andrew Davis' Sibelius 1 with the BBC Philharmonic

By , 27 January 2018
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Paavo Järvi © Julia Bayer
Zürich

Tension and release: Paavo Järvi brings the Estonian Festival Orchestra to Zurich

By , 20 January 2018
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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Vern Evans
Gateshead

Energy and enchantment from the CBSO at Sage Gateshead

By , 19 January 2018
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Anu Komsi © Maarit Kyt
London

Affirmative end to Sakari Oramo's BBCSO Sibelius cycle

By , 06 January 2018
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Hilary Hahn, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra © Steve J Sherman
New York City

Balancing longueurs and invention: the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

By , 08 December 2017
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Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
London

Vilde Frang's impresses, but Salonen's Finnish independence celebrations miss the mark

By , 07 December 2017
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Celebrating Finnish nationhood with the BBCSO and Oramo

By , 06 December 2017
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Rosanne Philippens © Marco Borggreve
Belfast

Translucent sounds: Vaughan Williams, Sibelius and Dvořák in Belfast

By , 01 December 2017
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Lisa Batiashvili © Amy Hart | Deutsche Grammophon
London

Fire and ice: striking Sibelius and stunning Hillborg from Oramo, Batiashvili and the BBCSO

By , 29 November 2017
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Leif Ove Andsnes © Özgür Albayrak
Lucerne

Mindful mission, perfect poet: Leif Ove Andsnes in Lucerne

By , 25 November 2017
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Paulo Arrais and dancers of Boston Ballet in Wayne McGregor's Obsidian Tear © Rosalie O'Connor | Courtesy of Boston Ballet
Boston

Boston Ballet presents Obsidian Tear and Fifth Symphony of Jean Sibelius

By , 03 November 2017
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

An exciting combination of Schmitt & Sibelius from Oramo and the BBCSO

By , 27 October 2017
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Osmo Vänskä © Kaapo Kamu
San Francisco

Finnish music matters: Vänskä conducts Sibelius

By , 26 October 2017
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