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Northern Lights: Sibelius 150

Tom Service travels to Finland in search of the real Sibelius and his landscapes.

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Northern Lights: Sibelius 150

On the 150th anniversary of Sibelius's birth, and as part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season, Tom Service travels to Finland in search of the real Sibelius, and the folk music and the landscapes, both rural and urban, that inspired him.  There are many myths around the composer who represents Finland musically, visually and culturally.  What makes his music truly Finnish and how great an influence did the folk music that he heard in Karelia exert on his own compositions?  And what is Sibelius’ legacy today?

Tom speaks to the conductors Paavo Jarvi and Susanna Malkki, and visits the birthplace museum in Hameenlinna. He also speaks to Sibelius experts Vesa Siren, Viejo Murtomaki, and Daniel Grimley; renowned accordion player Maria Kalaniemi; and curator of Sibelius exhibitions at the Ateneum Art Museum, Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff.

More information:

Sibelius 150
Radio 3 in Concert: Sibelius’ Kullervo
Radio 3 in Concert: Helsinki Philharmonic
Afternoon on 3: Ulster Orchestra
Afternoon on 3: BBC Philharmonic
Radio 3 Composer of the Week: Sibelius
Sibelius birthplace museum
Ateneum art gallery
Paavo Järvi

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Service
Interviewed Guest Paavo Jarvi
Interviewed Guest Susanna Malkki
Interviewed Guest Vesa Siren
Interviewed Guest Viejo Murtomaki
Interviewed Guest Daniel Grimley
Interviewed Guest Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff

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