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Work: Finlandia, symphonic poem for orchestra, Op.26

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ComposerSibelius, Jean (1865-1957)
Period20th century
Year1900
Work typeOrchestral
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LuganoOrchestra della Svizzera italiana al LAC

Orchestra della Svizzera italiana al LAC
Sibelius, Britten, Rossini
Orchestra della Svizzera italiana; Markus Poschner; Baiba Skride; Ivan Vukčević

Perth WADreams of Place

Sibelius, Copland, Stravinsky
Western Australian Youth Orchestra; Thaddeus Huang; West Australian Symphony Orchestra Chorus

New York CityProject 19: Hannu Lintu conducts Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Thorvaldsdottir
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Hannu Lintu; Yuja Wang

AucklandNordic Fire

Sibelius, Aho, Lindberg, Grieg
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra; Vincent Hardaker; Steven Logan
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From stars and stripes to spikes in Kansas City

Martin Helmchen © Giorgia Bertazzi
World premiere of Daniel Kellogg's The Golden Spike with the Kansas City Symphony.
****1
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Finlandia and Tchaikovsky from RTÉ NSO

Thomas Kemp © Rita Flanagan
A fiery rendition of Sibleius' Finlandia and an interesting account of Tchaikovsky's The Symphony of Life while Beethoven's Triple Concerto fails to convince. 
***11
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Ravel’s playful sound worlds with Alice Sara Ott

Alice Sara Ott © Esther Haase | Deutsche Grammophon
In which Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the Gothenburg Symphony seek out a contrast with the dark sound colours of Sibelius.
****1
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Tom Poster stars in a Hallé concert of Nordic magic

Jean Sibelius in 1913 © Wikicommons, public domain
Grieg's Piano Concerto played by Tom Poster and the Hallé under Stpehen Bell was the highlight of a popular programme of Nordic favourites by Grieg and Sibelius
****1
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Different temperaments: the BBC SSO play Sibelius and Nielsen

Viktoria Mullova © Henry Fair
Viktoria Mullova is dazzling in Sibelius' Violin Concerto but the audience of Sage Gateshead fail to make their mark when asked to sing along to Finlandia
****1
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