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Sibelius the Patriot

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Wednesday 21 August 2013

Political tensions within Finland increased with the issuing of the "February Manifesto" in 1899, designed to bring Finland into line with Mother Russia. Up to this time, although Sibelius had been drawing on explicitly Finish elements in his music in a broadly nationalist way, Sibelius took care to keep a safe distance from any kind of direct political involvement. But now, like all self-respecting Finns, Sibelius was incensed. Donald Macleod introduces some of the patriotic compositions the composer produced in the following years.

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    Jean Sibelius Finlandia Op.26 for orchestra

    Conductor: Herbert von Karajan Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    EMI, CDM-764 331-2

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    Jean Sibelius Song of the Athenians [Atenarnes sang] Op.31`3 for chorus and orchestra

    Conductor: Henrik Wikstrom Performer: Akademiska Sangforengingen

    BIS, CD 193032

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    Jean Sibelius Arioso Op.3 for voice and piano

    Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter Performer: Bengt Forsberg

    BIS, CD 191820

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    Jean Sibelius Lemminkainen suite Op.22

    Conductor: Osmo Vanska Performer: Lahti S O

    BIS, SACD 1645

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    Jean Sibelius Tulen synty [The origin of fire] Op.32 for baritone, male chorus and orchestra

    Performer: Folke Grasbeck Performer: Raimo Luakka Performer: Yl Male Voice Choir

    BIS, CD 193032

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    Jean Sibelius Symphony no. 2 in D major Op.43

    Conductor: Paavo Berglund Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra

    LPO, LPO-0005

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