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Jean Sibelius

Jean Sibelius (Composer)

Born: 8th December 1865, Hameenlinna

Died: 20th September 1957, Ainola

Nationality: Finnish

Jean Sibelius 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 his music is often credited with having helped Finland develop a national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia.

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Recording of the Week, Johan Dalene performs violin concertos by Nielsen & Sibelius

The Swedish violinist offers a characterful performance of Sibelius's concerto alongside a virtuosic account of the piece that swept him to victory at the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition.

Recording of the Week, Sibelius from Edward Gardner, the Bergen Philharmonic, and Lise Davidsen

The Norwegian soprano combines drama and delicacy in the tone-poem Luonnotar, whilst the Bergen string sound in Tapiola, Rakastava and Pelléas & Mélisande is a thing to marvel at.

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