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Sibelius: Symphony No. 7

Stephen Johnson explores Sibelius's Seventh Symphony, the composer's last work in the form.

Stephen Johnson scales the heights of Sibelius's seventh symphony, the culmination of the composer's creative journey as a symphonist. Moving away from the structure of his earlier symphonies, the seventh is cast in a single movement. Recognising the originality of this form, when Sibelius conducted the premiere of the symphony in 1924, he gave the symphony a name, "Fantasia sinfonica" rather than a number.

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Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 5 in C minor Op.67

    Conductor: Christoph von Dohnanyi Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra

    • Signum Classics.
    • SIGCD169.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony no. 2 in D major Op.43

    Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra

    • DECCA.
    • 473-592 2.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Chamber symphony no. 1 in E major Op.9

    Conductor: Heinz Holliger Performer: Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    • Teldec.
    • 2292 460192.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony no. 7 in C major Op.105

    Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra

    • DECCA.
    • 473-590-2.

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Role Contributor
Composer Jean Sibelius

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