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Sibelius, Jean (1865-1957)

The composer Jean (Johan) Sibelius is regarded as one of the great symphonists and tone poets of the 20th century.

He came from a Swedish-speaking home, but passed his matriculation examination at a Finnish-speaking school: Hämeelinna Lyceum. Following his matriculation exam, Sibelius enrolled at the Helsinki Music School, where he studied violin, theory of music and composition. Further studies followed in Berlin and Vienna under Adolf Becker and Karl Goldman, among others. In time, Sibelius' dreams of a career as a violinist faded, and he began to concentrate exclusively on composition. He also conducted, mostly his own works, in Finland and elsewhere in Europe and in America.

Sibelius began to make a name for himself in the music centers of the world from the start of the century. His tone language evoked a positive response, especially in Great-Britain and the USA. However, Sibelius was also aware of attacks aimed against his music in some Central-European countries.

Despite this, he was convinced that his orchestral works at least would be handed down for posterity. Beside the seven symphonies, the extensive and versatile output of Sibelius includes symphonic poems, a violin concerto, music for stage, choral works, songs, chamber music, music for piano etc.

In addition to Finnish conductors, others who have recorded his music include Eugene Ormandy, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel and Colin Davis.

(Hannu Kivilä, ArtInn; Translated by Minna Liski)

Events

23
Apr
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Finlandia Op. 26
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, cond. Charles Mackerras
Radio broadcast ARD Night Concert, 02:03 am (Germany)
24
Apr
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Philharmonisches Orchester der Stadt Trier, cond. Victor Puhl
Trier, Theater (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: The Swan of Tuonela Op. 22/2
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, cond. Colin Davis
Radio broadcast BR Klassik, 09:05 am (Germany)
25
Apr
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Lemminkaeinen's return Op. 22/4
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, cond. Stéphane Denève
Radio broadcast SWR2, 08:03 pm - recording Stuttgart, 04/11/2014 (Germany)
26
Apr
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Cobweb Orchestra, cond. Robin Osterley
Gateshead, Sage Gateshead (United Kingdom)
01
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Overture Op. 10
Tulln, Music School (Austria)
  Sibelius, Jean: The Bard Op. 64
Orquesta Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, cond. Arvo Vömer
Sao Paulo, Sala Sao Paulo (Brazil)
02
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: En Saga Op. 9
Ballett "Der Feuervogel / En Saga", cond.: Carlos Dominguez Nieto, choreography: Andris Plucis
Eisenach, Theater (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: Finlandia Op. 26
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Andrew Davis
Radio broadcast HR2, 01:05 pm (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: The Bard Op. 64
Orquesta Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, cond. Arvo Vömer
Sao Paulo, Sala Sao Paulo (Brazil)
03
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Skogsraet - The Wood Nymph Op.15
Student orchestra, cond. Johannes Pennetzdorfer
Vöcklabruck, Stadtsaal (Austria)
  Sibelius, Jean: The Bard Op. 64
Orquesta Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, cond. Arvo Vömer
Sao Paulo, Sala Sao Paulo (Brazil)
07
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Rakastava Op. 14
The Chamber Orchestra of Lapland, cond. John Storgards
Rovaniemi, Korundi House of Culture (Finland)
08
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Rakastava Op. 14
The Chamber Orchestra of Lapland, cond. John Storgards
Rovaniemi, Korundi House of Culture, 07:00 pm (Finland)
09
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Narodowej, cond. Pietari Inkinen
Warsaw, Philharmonic Concert Hall (Poland)
10
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: En Saga Op. 9
HR-Sinfonieorchester, cond. Stefan Solyom
Radio broadcast HR2, 10:05 am (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Narodowej, cond. Pietari Inkinen
Warsaw, Philharmonic Concert Hall (Poland)
11
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: The Swan of Tuonela Op. 22/2
Philharmonie am Forum
Offenburg, Reithalle (Germany)
14
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie, cond. Pedro Halffter
Chemnitz, Stadthalle (Germany)
15
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
Sinfonieorchester Göteborg, cond. Neeme Järvi
Radio broadcast HR2, 01:05 pm (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: King Kristian II.-Suite Op. 27
Orchestra Regionale Toscana, cond. Daniel Kawka
Pisa, Teatro (Italy)
  Sibelius, Jean: King Kristian II.-Suite Op. 27
Oulu Symphony Orchestra, cond. Tapio von Boehm
Kärsämäki, Fosterus School (Finland)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie, cond. Pedro Halffter
Chemnitz, Stadthalle (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele Orchestra, cond. Pietari Inkinen
Ludwigsburg, Forum am Schlosspark (Germany)
16
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: King Kristian II.-Suite Op. 27
Orchestra Regionale Toscana, cond. Daniel Kawka
Florence, Teatro (Italy)
17
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Overture Op. 10
Orchesterverein Ulm/Neu-Ulm, cond. Michael Eberhardt
Neu-Ulm, Edwin Scharf-Haus (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: King Kristian II.-Suite Op. 27
Orchestra Regionale Toscana, cond. Daniel Kawka
Cortona, Teatro (Italy)
18
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Finlandia Op. 26
Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel, cond. Leo Siberski
Kiel, Schloss, 11:00 am (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele Orchestra, cond. Pietari Inkinen
Radio broadcast DLR Kultur, 08:03 pm - recording Ludwigsburg, 05/15/2014 (Germany)
19
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Finlandia Op. 26
Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel, cond. Leo Siberski
Kiel, Schloss (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Nationaltheaterorchester Mannheim, cond. Shao-Chia Lü
Mannheim, Nationaltheater (Germany)
20
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Nationaltheaterorchester Mannheim, cond. Shao-Chia Lü
Mannheim, Nationaltheater (Germany)
23
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Alexander Shelley
Hongkong, Cultural Centre (Hong Kong)
  Sibelius, Jean: The Swan of Tuonela Op. 22/2
Orchestre National de Lorraine, cond. Darrell Ang
Metz (France)
24
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Romance in C major Op. 42
Sibelius, Jean: Canzonetta Op. 62a
Wiener KammerOrchester, cond. Stefan Vladar
Vienna, Konzerthaus (Austria)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Alexander Shelley
Hongkong, Cultural Centre (Hong Kong)
25
May
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Romance in C major Op. 42
Sibelius, Jean: Canzonetta Op. 62a
Wiener KammerOrchester, cond. Stefan Vladar
Vienna, Konzerthaus (Austria)
01
Jun
2014
Busoni, Ferruccio: Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35a Busoni-Verz. 243
Sibelius, Jean: Tapiola Op. 112
Ulf Wallin (Vl), Staatskapelle Weimar, cond. Jose Luis Gomez Rios
Weimar, Weimarhalle (Germany)
02
Jun
2014
Busoni, Ferruccio: Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35a Busoni-Verz. 243
Sibelius, Jean: Tapiola Op. 112
Ulf Wallin (Vl), Staatskapelle Weimar, cond. Jose Luis Gomez Rios
Weimar, Weimarhalle (Germany)
07
Jun
2014
Sibelius, Jean: The Swan of Tuonela Op. 22/2
Lawyer's Symphony Orchestra, cond. Christopher Oakley
London, Holy Trinity Church (United Kingdom)
08
Jun
2014
Sibelius, Jean: En Saga Op. 9
Ballett "Der Feuervogel / En Saga", cond.: Carlos Dominguez Nieto, choreography: Andris Plucis
Eisenach, Theater (Germany)
09
Jun
2014
Sibelius, Jean: The Oceanides Op. 73
Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra
Moscow, Tschaikowsky Hall (Russia)
17
Jun
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Conservatoire de la Ville de Caen, cond. Vahan Mardirossian
Caen (France)
28
Jun
2014
Sibelius, Jean: The Swan of Tuonela Op. 22/2
Student orchestra
Tirschenreuth (Germany)
10
Jul
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Collegium Musicum der RWTH Aachen
Aachen, AachenMünchner-Halle (Germany)
11
Jul
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Collegium Musicum der RWTH Aachen
Aachen, AachenMünchner-Halle (Germany)
12
Jul
2014
Sibelius, Jean: The Swan of Tuonela Op. 22/2
Kammerorchester Herz Jesu Erlangen, cond. Heinrich Schachinger
Erlangen, Herz-Jesu-Kirche (Germany)
05
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: The Oceanides Op. 73
Sibelius, Jean: Lemminkaeinen and the Maidens on the Island Op. 22/1
Sibelius, Jean: The Swan of Tuonela Op. 22/2
Sibelius, Jean: Lemminkaeinen in Tuonela Op. 22/3
Sibelius, Jean: Lemminkaeinen's return Op. 22/4
Sibelius, Jean: En Saga Op. 9
Lahti Symphony Orchestra, cond. Okko Kamu
Lahti, Sibelius Hall, International Sibelius Festival Lahti, 07:00 pm (Finland)
06
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Kyllikki Op. 41 - 3 Lyric Pieces
Sibelius, Jean: 6 Impromptus Op. 5
Sibelius, Jean: Valse triste Op. 44/1
Folke Gräsbeck (pno)
Lahti, Kalevi Aho Hall, International Sibelius Festival Lahti, 12:30 pm (Finland)
  Sibelius, Jean: Rakastava Op. 14
Lahti Symphony Orchestra, cond. Okko Kamu
Lahti, Sibelius Hall, International Sibelius Festival Lahti, 05:00 pm (Finland)
07
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: 4 Pieces Op. 115
Jaakko Kuusisto (vl), Heini Kärkkäinen (pno)
Lahti, Sibelius Hall, International Sibelius Festival Lahti, 11:00 am (Finland)
17
Jan
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
Göteborgs Symfoniker, cond. Neeme Järvi
Gothenburg, Konserthus, 03:00 pm (Sweden)
10
Feb
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Simon Rattle
London, Barbican (United Kingdom)
11
Feb
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 4 in A minor Op. 63
Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Simon Rattle
London, Barbican (United Kingdom)
27
Feb
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Göteborgs Symfoniker, cond. Kent Nagano
Gothenburg, Konserthus, 06:00 pm (Sweden)
28
Feb
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Göteborgs Symfoniker, cond. Kent Nagano
Gothenburg, Konserthus, 03:00 pm (Sweden)
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