Finlandia by Sibelius: An exciting introduction
Naomi Wilkinson explores Sibelius's music using facts and insight, atmospheric animation and footage from the heart of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.
Jean Sibelius loved Finland. Written in 1899, Finlandia was a protest against increasing censorship by the Russian Empire. This is music about national identity - it captures not only the vast, majestic landscape of Finland but also its national pride at a crucial moment in the country's history.
Once you've seen the introduction film, watch the full orchestral performance of the piece in the link below.