Sue Perkins and Tom Service unravel everything you ever wanted to know about the symphony, but were too afraid to ask...

Today, the pair explore your questions about symphonic nationalism - looking at how the symphony grew to articulate a dream of nationhood across Europe (and America) in the 19th century. They also examine the changing reputation of the great Finnish symphonist, Jean Sibelius, and present some of their favourite symphonic beginnings and endings...

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Mon 21 Nov 2011 20:15

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