Jean Sibelius

On this day,

December 8, 1865

Finnish composer and violinist

Jean Sibelius

was born

Sibelius is widely known for his symphonies and his tone poems, especially Finlandia and the Karelia suite. His reputation in Finland grew in the 1890s with the choral symphony Kullervo, which like many subsequent pieces drew on the epic poem Kalevala. His First Symphony was first performed to an enthusiastic audience in 1899 at a time when Finnish nationalism was evolving. In addition to six more symphonies, he gained popularity at home and abroad with incidental music and more tone poems, especially En saga, The Swan of Tuonela and Valse triste. Sibelius also composed a series of works for violin and orchestra including a Violin Concerto, the opera Jungfrun i tornet, many shorter orchestral pieces, chamber music, works for piano and violin, choral works and numerous songs.

source Wikipedia

We listen to

Symphony No 5 in E flat Op.82

The Philharnonia Orchestra
conducted by
Vladimir Ashkenazy

and second version

Göteborgs Symfoniker
conducted by
Neeme Järvi

Looking up, ah!


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  1. I really appreciate all your Birth Day highlights – Sibelian symphonies are not an easily acquired taste so take a lot of listening to hear, as when clouds clear to display blue sky!

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