Jean Sibelius: a man of all the seasons

If ever there were a composer of landscape, it was Sibelius, whose symphonies conjure up a realm of icy winds and scurrying clouds, morning mist and rustling leaves – with the occasional magnificent burst of sunshine. Continue reading

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Karelia and Finnish nationalism

Borderlands are rich in history and often bitterly contested. Karelia, in the east of Finland, is a region of astonishing natural beauty and 18th century wooden churches. Its tranquillity belies its turbulent history. Continue reading