Sibelius: Symphony No. 7
Stephen Johnson scales the heights of Sibelius's seventh symphony, the culmination of the composer's creative journey as a symphonist. Moving away from the structure of his earlier symphonies, the seventh is cast in a single movement. Recognising the originality of this form, when Sibelius conducted the premiere of the symphony in 1924, he gave the symphony a name, "Fantasia sinfonica" rather than a number.