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Berlin, Vienna, Helsinki

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Tuesday 20 August 2013

Donald Macleod introduces music written by Sibelius during his period of study in Berlin, including his first work based on the Finnish national epic The Kalevala. Sibelius moved to Berlin armed with a scholarship amounting to 2000 Finnish marks, which was to pay for his tuition and maintenance for a year. What the young Finn experienced on his arrival was a quite severe culture shock. Back in Helsinki he was already a figure of national importance, but here in cosmopolitan Berlin, he was just one music student among many, and the place was alive with them. In this city where every musician he encountered seemed to be a virtuoso, Sibelius was intimidated. He found himself, initially, unable to compose at all.

Music Played

5 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Jean Sibelius 2 Pieces Op.2 for violin and piano [rev. 1912]

    Performer: Bengt Forsberg Performer: Nils-Erik Sparf

    BIS, CD-525

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    Jean Sibelius Kullervo Op.7 for soloists, male voices and orchestra

    Conductor: Osmo Vanska Performer: Lahti S O

    BIS, CD121-5

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    Jean Sibelius 7 Songs of Runeberg Op.13 for voice and piano

    Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter Performer: Bengt Forsberg

    BIS, CD-757

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    Jean Sibelius Karelia - suite Op.11

    Conductor: Neeme Jarvi Performer: Gothenburg S O.

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP, 447 760-2

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    Jean Sibelius Symphony no. 3 in C major Op.52

    Performer: Danish National R S O

    Chandos, Chan9083

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