Sibelius

Sibelius
Jean Sibelius, born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957), was a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country's greatest composer and, through his music, is often credited with having helped Finland to develop a national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia.

The core of his oeuvre is his set of seven symphonies which, like his other major works, continue to be performed and recorded in his home country and internationally. His other best-known compositions are Finlandia, the Karelia Suite, Valse triste, the Violin Concerto, the choral symphony Kullervo, and The Swan of Tuonela (from the Lemminkäinen Suite). Other works include pieces inspired by nature, Nordic mythology, and the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, over a hundred songs for voice and piano, incidental music for numerous plays, the opera Jungfrun i tornet (The Maiden in the Tower), chamber music, piano music, Masonic ritual music, and 21 publications of choral music.

Sibelius composed prolifically until the mid-1920s, but after completing his Seventh Symphony (1924), the incidental music for The Tempest (1926) and the tone poem Tapiola (1926), he failed to produce any major works in his last thirty years, a stunning and perplexing decline commonly referred to as "The Silence of Järvenpää", the location of his home. Although he is reputed to have stopped composing, he attempted to continue writing, including abortive efforts on an eighth symphony. In later life, he wrote Masonic music and re-edited some earlier works while retaining an active but not always favourable interest in new developments in music.
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Sibelius

Sibelius

Jean Sibelius, born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957), was a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country's greatest composer and, through his music, is often credited with having helped Finland to develop a national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia.

The core of his oeuvre is his set of seven symphonies wh...
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SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Violin Concerto

Recorded in 1945 & 1946
Total duration: 71:35

Ginette Neveu, violin
The Philharmonia Orchestra
conductors Walter Susskind, Issay Dobrowen

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SIBELIUS Violin Concerto

Recorded in 1935
Duration 28:14

Jascha Heifetz, violin
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham 

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SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto

Live and studio recordings, 1955/56
Total Duration: 70:22

Ivry Gitlis, violin
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Orchestre Radio National de France
conducted by Jascha Horenstein

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SIBELIUS Lemminkäinen Suite

Recorded in 1953
Duration 52:02

Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Thomas Jensen

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GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No. 2
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7

Recorded 1939-1950
Total duration: 72:43

Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam
Hilversum Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Paul van Kempen

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BARBER Violin Concerto
HONEGGER Symphony No. 4 'Deliciæ Basiliensis"
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7

Live recordings, 1948/49
Total duration: 71:37

Ruth Posselt, violin
Boston Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Serge Koussevitzky