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!

David Karlin opts for the Four Lemminkainen Legends: “Like many, I came to this via The Swan of Tuonela, but there's so much more to it: each of the four is full of life – the perfect expression of fantasy and adventure.”

Alison Karlin chooses the Symphony no. 2 in D major: “When I first became interested in orchestral music this was one of the first symphonies I came to grips with. I took a new to classical music friend to a concert of Sibelius 2 with a Beethoven Piano Concerto and she "got" the Sibelius and found the Beethoven boring which I had really not expected. Sibelius 2 is filmic in its scale and scope with just enough repetition of themes to bring it all together for a fairly new listener.”

Here, Mariss Jansons conducts the Bavarian RSO:

French editor Nicolas Schotter has chosen the first movement of the Violin Concerto: “I like this piece for its mysterious opening and the energy deployed throughout.”

Here, you can follow the score of the violin/piano reduction as Anne-Sophie Mutter plays!

Spanish editor Katia de Miguel has chosen the epic Kullervo Symphony, “for its originality and the brilliant mixture of programmatic music, with the intelligent inclusion of voices, and folkloric inspiration.”

Paavo Järvi conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra:

Hedy Mühleck, our German editor, has chosen the Fifth Symphony, which bowled her over when she heard it in Birmingham last month.

Here, Leif Segerstam conducts the Helsinki Philharmonic:

Editor Mark Pullinger has chosen a real rarity. “The Wood Nymph (Skogsrået) is one of Sibelius’ tone poems and based on the poem by Viktor Rydberg in which Björn wanders through a magical forest and encounters a beautiful wood nymph.

Osmo Vänskä, who has done so much to help rediscover so much Sibelius, here conducts the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.”

And to finish, Dance editor Alexandra Desvignes chooses Sibelius conducting his Andante festivo from a 1939 broadcast – the only surviving recording of Sibelius conducting his own music.

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