Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) Symphony No. 4 in A minor Op. 63
[orch] Duration: 40'
126.96.36.199. – 188.8.131.52. – timp.perc – str
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In the fall of 1909 Sibelius wrote in his diary: “At Koli! One of the greatest impressions in my life. Plans [for] ‘La Montagne’!” These plans proved to be for the Fourth Symphony. The composition process was not an easy one and in the end – according to his diary – Sibelius was “struggling with God!” and only just able to finish the work in time for the premiere in spring 1911: “My new symphony is a total protest against present-day compositions. Nothing – absolutely nothing of the circus [in it].” This extraordinary work was at first found difficult to understand although its technical brilliance was recognized. The appreciation of the Fourth has, however, grown in the course of years.
|1. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio|
|2. Allegro molto vivace|
|3. Il tempo largo|