Sibelius's composition of 1899 was adopted by the Finnish people as a symbol of its fight for independence from Russia. From 2008.
Jean Sibelius's glorious orchestral work was adopted by the Finnish people as a symbol of its fight for independence from Russia, and well over 100 years later it is still regarded as Finland's second national anthem.
Its popularity is international, both in orchestral form and also in shorter form as the Finlandia Hymn.
Featuring Sibelius's great-grandson Jaakko Ilves and conductor John Storgards.
Series about music that makes the hairs stand up on the back of our necks.
Producer: Karen Gregor
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2008.
- Tue 15 Jan 2008 13:30
- Sat 19 Jan 2008 15:30
- Fri 25 Mar 2016 18:30
- Sat 26 Mar 2016 00:30
- Tue 3 Nov 2020 18:30
- Wed 4 Nov 2020 00:30