3.31.2007



Jean Sibelius, 1899.
Finlandia, Op. 26.



Jean Sibelius' Finlandia has become synonomous with Finnish national pride. The dramatic, proud, regal tone poem is typical of the rich and heavily layered compositions of Sibelius. It is no surprise that Finlandia and Sibelius have been elevated to honored levels in Finland. At the time that Sibelius wrote the piece, Finland was still controlled by Russia and despite the growing nationalistic sentement it was still dangerous to be outwardly patriotic. The work went by the title Impromptu early on, but there was no mistaking the intentions of the piece and audiences in Helsinki celebrated Finlandia immediately.

Selected recordings recommended for purchasing:
London Symphony Orchestra (Davis conducting) version available here.
London Symphony Orchestra (Berglund conducting) version available here.
London Philharmonia Orchestra (Ashkenazy conducting) version available here.
Berlin Philharmoniker (Karajan conducting) version available here.



Artwork by: Eero Järnefelt // Pond Water Crowfoot

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