That last movement is literally perfect. Here’s why.
Jean Sibelius Guides
Jane Jones tells how Sibelius went from sunny Italy to freezing Finland.
Today his name is used for music composing software, but the Finnish composer Sibelius deserves our attention – not least for his Finlandia and Violin Concerto.
One of the most famous movie themes of all time sounds like an obscure work from 1904...
Sibelius took three attempts at his 50th birthday symphony, finishing it in 1919. Classic FM's favourite recording of the piece was made in the swinging sixties.
He was one of the great musical visionaries of the 20th century and his symphonies revitalised a tradition that was close to collapsing under its own expressive weight. There are few of us who haven’t been bowled over by the blazing creative genius of Jean Sibelius.
Sibelius was the finest composer ever to emerge from Finland and Scandinavia and a musical visionary.