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Episode 3

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

3/5. Sibelius had always wanted to be a virtuoso violinist, but an injury early in life together with crippling attacks of stage fright put this ideal well out of reach. However, it didn't stop him writing for the violin and Donald Macleod introduces one of the most popular concertos in the violin repertoire.

Valse Triste
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

Violin Concerto
Maxim Vengerov (violin)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Pohjola's Daughter
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi (conductor).

1 hour

Last on

Wed 19 Sep 2007 20:45

The absurdly talented Herr Mendelssohn

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Donald Macleod reveals Mendelssohn's gift for sketching and watercolours.

Diversity and Inclusion in Composition

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Find full details of an important conference on inclusivity in classical composition.

Composers A to Z

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Visit the extensive audio archive of Radio 3 programmes about Composers and their works.