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Work: Luonnotar, symphonic poem for soprano and orchestra, op.70

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ComposerSibelius, Jean (1865-1957)
Period20th century
Year1915
Work typeOrchestral
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LondonLise Davidsen in Recital

Brahms, Schumann, Sibelius, Grieg, Strauss R.
Lise Davidsen; James Baillieu
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Barbara Hannigan makes NYC conducting debut at Juilliard

Barbara Hannigan conducts the Juilliard Orchestra © Rachel Papo
The celebrated soprano leads the students of the Juilliard in an enjoyable concert that falters on the side of keeping an even keel.
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Affirmative end to Sakari Oramo's BBCSO Sibelius cycle

Anu Komsi © Maarit Kyt
With its vertiginous vocal leaps and broad intervals, Komsi's pure pitch-perfect soprano soared like the eldrich keening of a sea bird. The spareness and incantatory intensity were heightened by the BBCSO and Oramo.
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Prom 33: Nordic noir meets German Expressionism

Lise Davidsen © Charlotte Gundersen
Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen’s Proms debut was just one highlight in a rewarding programme of Nordic and German music.
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Boylan sings luminous Shéhérazade and Luonnotar

Orla Boylan © Frances Marshall
Irish soprano Orla Boylan offers an engaging performance of Ravel's Shéhérazade and Sibelius' Luonnotar while the NSO under the baton of Brönnimann deliver a commendable Sibelius 5. 
***11
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Gripping musical storytelling in Lahti

The Finnish forests, the creation of the world and a mythical hero were vividly brought to life in the opening concert of the 15th Sibelius Festival in Lahti
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