Sibelius’s landscapes in sound

So many outstanding recordings of his symphonies. Continue reading Sibelius’s landscapes in sound

Sibelius – echoes of a long lost childhood

The 150th anniversary of the birth of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius falls in 2015. Not many people know that he also composed for the piano, although his sole concerto is for the violin. Continue reading Sibelius – echoes of a long lost childhood

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 Jean Sibelius: a man of all the seasons

Jean Sibelius: A voyage of discovery

Is anything more beautiful than the symphonies of Sibelius? Well, of course – from time to time. Two of these uplifting works are just over 100 years old, but they sound as fresh and bracing as the landscapes from which they were hewn. Continue reading Jean Sibelius: A voyage of discovery