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A Warning from Above

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 22 August 2013

Years of heavy drinking had taken a toll on the health of Sibelius, to the extent that at the age of only 39, he had tremors in his hands. He was persuaded to move out of the city to a house in the countryside. But word had got around that he was in poor health and people who had funded him in the past turned their backs. Donald Macleod explores the music composed by Sibelius in this period, when, with health problems becoming more acute, the composer receives a "warning from above".

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4 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    00:02

    Jean Sibelius Valse Triste

    Performer; Hallé Orchestra Performer: John Barbirolli

    EMI 7 69205 2

  • Image for Jean Sibelius
    00:11

    Jean Sibelius Pohjola's Daughter

    Performer: New York Philharmonic Performer: Leonard Bernstein

    CBS 44720

  • Image for Jean Sibelius
    00:25

    Jean Sibelius Night Ride and Sunrise

    Performer: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Performer: Neeme Järvi

  • Image for Jean Sibelius
    00:42

    Jean Sibelius Symphony no 4 - Mvts 1 & 2

    Performer: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Performer: Pietari Inkinen

    Naxos 8.572227

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