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Watch an analysis of Sibelius' Fifth Symphony

Stephen Johnson explores Sibelius' 5th Symphony in E flat. In his diary at about the time he was sketching the symphony, Sibelius wrote that he wanted to compare the musical thoughts and motifs of the symphony to the rivulets of a river proceeding to the sea.

Stephen Johnson considers this idea, illustrated by extracts played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pietari Inkinen. The programme also includes extracts from the original version of the work from 1915.

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50 minutes


Role Contributor
Orchestra BBC Symphony Orchestra
Composer Jean Sibelius
Performer Pietari Inkinen