Jean Sibelius

Born 8 December 1865. Died 20 September 1957.
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Sibelius: Symphony No. 3

In this Proms Music Guide, Tom Service talks about Sibelius's 3rd symphony.

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Biography

Jean Sibelius ( pronunciation ; born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius; 8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957) was a Finnish composer of the late Romantic period. His music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity.

The core of Sibelius' oeuvre is his set of seven symphonies. Like Beethoven, Sibelius used each successive work to further develop his own personal compositional style. His works continue to be performed frequently in the concert hall and are often recorded.

In addition to the symphonies, Sibelius' best-known compositions include Finlandia, the Karelia Suite, Valse triste, the Violin Concerto in D minor, Kullervo, and The Swan of Tuonela (one of the four movements of the Lemminkäinen Suite). Other works include pieces inspired by the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala; over 100 songs for voice and piano; incidental music for 13 plays; the opera Jungfrun i tornet (The Maiden in the Tower); chamber music; piano music; Masonic ritual music; and 21 separate publications of choral music.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Symphonies 4 & 5 (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; conductor: Pietari Inkinen)

    Symphonies 4 & 5 (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; conductor: Pietari Inkinen) 2011

    Reviewed by Andrew Mellor
    Huge of impact, the NZSO musters tension and foreboding.
  2. Review of Symphonies Nos. 1-7; Kullervo (feat. conductor: Sir Colin Davis; feat. orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra)

    Symphonies Nos. 1-7; Kullervo (feat. conductor: Sir Colin Davis; feat. orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra) 2009

    Reviewed by Andrew Mellor
    Consistently confident and exuding an unshakeable stamp of authority.
  3. Review of  Night Ride & Sunrise; Belshazzar's Feast; Kuolema

    Night Ride & Sunrise; Belshazzar's Feast; Kuolema 2008

    Reviewed by Michael Quinn
    Confirmation that Sibelius has found a new champion in the young Finnish conductor.
  4. Review of Tone Poems

    Tone Poems 2002

    Reviewed by John Armstrong
    Lahti has its own Symphony Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä, and...these superb...
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