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Donald Macleod presents Sibelius's late arrangements, plus a vintage performance of the finale from his great Fifth Symphony, recorded by Malcolm Sargent in 1958.

Donald Macleod explores the mythology cloaking the last decades of Sibelius' life.

He introduces a series of curious arrangements the composer made in his ninth and tenth decades, including a hymn for girl scouts. Plus a work that brings Sibelius' life and career full circle - his late revision of part of Kullervo, originally written as a young hopeful, some 60 years earlier.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 21 Jan 2011 22:00

Music Played

  • Jean Sibelius

    In Memoriam (1913)

    Performers: Jussi Jalas (conductor), Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra 1973 Recording

    • DECCA "Ace Of Diamonds" SDD488.
  • Jean Sibelius

    The World Song Of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, arr. for two-part female voices and piano (

    Performers: Jubilate Choir / Astrid Riska, Gustav Djupsjöbacka (piano)

    • BIS CD998.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Julvisa: Giv Mig Ej Glas, Ej Guld, Ej Prakt (Christmas Song: "Give Me No Gold, Splendour O

    Performers: Jubilate Choir / Astrid Riska, Gustav Djupsjöbacka (piano)

    • BIS CD998.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Kullervo, Op.7: III. Kullervo and his Sister (1892)

    Performers: Lilli Paasikivi (soprano), Raimo Laukka (baritone), Helsinki University Chorus, Lahti Symphony Orchestra / Osmo Vänskä

    • BIS CD1215.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Come Away, Death, arr. for baritone, harp and strings (1909 / 1957) (from the incidental m

    Performers: Jorma Hynninen (baritone), Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra / Jorma Panula (Sibelius Complete Edition - Voice With Orchestra)

    • BIS CD190608.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony no.5 in E flat, Op.82 (III. Allegro Molto - Un pochettino largamente)

    Performers: Sir Malcolm Sargent (conductor), BBC Symphony Orchestra

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