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Sibelius: The Path to the Symphony
Friday 24 September 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)
Repeated: Friday 1 October 2004 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)
The late 1890s in Finland provoke more or less open protests at Russia's heavy-handed dominance. Sibelius makes more than one powerful contribution. Tying together the various strands of this uneasy decade, a long-contemplated First Symphony marks at once a culmination and a fresh start.