Jean Sibelius

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Poem of the week: Sibelius by John Greening
A meditation on the later years of the Finnish composer reflects more generally on creative renewal

Carol Rumens

04, Jan, 2021 @12:18 PM

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Sibelius: where to start with his music
His music is seeped in the myths and the natural marvels of his homeland and helped articulate the struggle for Finnish independence, but it is his seven symphonies that confirmed his place as one of the most original symphonic composers since Beethoven

Andrew Clements

09, Sep, 2020 @11:01 AM

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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 4 & 6 review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the month
Hallé/Elder
(Hallé)
Mark Elder and the Hallé bring a sympathetic, powerful character to Sibelius’s enigmatic symphonies

Andrew Clements

13, Feb, 2020 @3:00 PM

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Prom 25: Gabetta/BBCSO/Stasevska review – stirring and spirited
Dalia Stasevska established a strong rapport with orchestra and audience in fresh and fluid readings of Tchaikovsky and Sibelius, while Sol Gabetta gave shape and intimacy to Mieczysław’s cello concerto

Erica Jeal

07, Aug, 2019 @11:42 AM

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Prom 20: Kuusisto / BBCSSO / Dausgaard review – strikingly unusual twists
A new take on Sibelius is played with tremendous conviction by the Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Martin Kettle

04, Aug, 2019 @1:25 PM

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Violinist Pekka Kuusisto: folk, forests and the Moomins
The Proms favourite has worked with Greenpeace and scientists and wants to change the way we think, and listen. He explains why he is now bringing Finnish rune singing to the festival

Erica Jeal

31, Jul, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Dausgaard/Appl/BBCSSO: Kullervo review – thrilling and intense account of Sibelius' epic
Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Scottish Symphony conjure grand landscapes and a rousing plot with Helena Juntunen and Benjamin Appl the persuasive soloists

Erica Jeal

27, Jun, 2019 @2:30 PM

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Sibelius: The Seven Symphonies CD review – Järvi can't quite convince | Andrew Clements' classical album of the week
Paavo Järvi brings deep knowledge and affinity to this music, but the results don’t generate the thrills they should

Andrew Clements

17, Jan, 2019 @3:00 PM

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The spirit of Sibelius is summoned to celebrate Finland's centenary
Two of the UK’s major orchestras are conducted by Finns, and both men this week turned to their country’s national composer to mark the 100th anniversary of its independence

Martin Kettle

08, Dec, 2017 @3:27 PM

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The Guardian view on Finland’s centenary: a social democratic triumph | Editorial
Editorial: From universal suffrage to the universal basic income, Finland is a European country that pioneered egalitarian policies and technological innovation alike

Editorial

05, Dec, 2017 @7:15 PM

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Sibelius: Tapiola, En Saga, 8 Songs CD review – freshness and glitter with Anne Sofie von Otter

Erica Jeal

02, Nov, 2017 @3:20 PM

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Karg-Elert and Sibelius: Music for Piano and Organ CD review – hammering a nut
Using organ instead of the intended harmonium to recreate these 19th-century pieces means the musical textures are swamped

Andrew Clements

29, Jun, 2017 @5:00 PM

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