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Jean Sibelius

December 8, 1865 - September 20, 1957
born in Hämeenlinna, Finland, composed during the Modern period
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) was Finland's leading post-Romantic composer of symphonies and a national icon. Beginning as a follower of Richard Strauss, Sibelius achieved fame with his symphonic poems Kullervo and Finlandia, and his early symphonies also gained many supporters. A crisis in 1908 over a throat tumor darkened Sibelius' mood, and music composed after this time bears a brooding character, most notable in the later symphonies and tone poems. Sibelius stopped composing in 1925 and spent his long retirement revising his works and being fêted as a grand old man of classical music. His 90th birthday celebration brought worldwide adulation. ~ Blair Sanderson, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fire On The Island: Choral Music By Jean Sibelius

Title: Rakastava (The Lover), For Male Chorus (With Or Without String Orchestra)
Title: Partsongs (9), For Male Chorus, Op. 18
Title: The Thrush's Toiling (Min Rastas Raataa), Partsong For Male Chorus, Js 129
Title: To The Fatherland (Isänmaalle), For Partsong For Male Chorus, Op. 18/1
Title: Italian Folksong Transcriptions
Title: Listen To The Water Mill, For Unison Chorus, Js 122
Title: Not With Lamentations (Ej Med Klagan), For Chorus, Js 69
Title: People Of Land & Sea (Män Från Slätten Och Havet), Partsong For Chorus, Op. 65/1
Title: A Child Is Born Unto Us (On Lapsonen Syntynyt Meille), For Chorus, Js 142
Title: Terve Ruhtinatar, For Children's Chorus, Js 104
Title: Nejden Andas, For Children's Chorus (Arranged From The Breaking Of The Ice On The River Oulu)
Title: We Praise Thee, Our Creator (Soi Kunniaksi Luojan), For Chorus, Op. 23/6a
Title: Contrapuntal Exercises
Title: Three Introductory Antiphons
Title: Finlandia Hymn (Finlandia Hymni), For Chorus & Organ (Or Harmonium), Op. 113/12
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Track List: Jean Sibelius: Swanwhite Suite, Op. 54; Belshazzar's Feast Suite, Op. 51

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Track List: Naxos 8.554808

Title: Finnish Folk Songs (6), For Piano
Title: Bagatelles (10) For Piano Op. 34
Title: The Cavalier (Kavalijeren), For Piano
Title: Spagnuolo, For Piano
Title: To Longing (Til Trånaden), For Piano
Title: Mandolinata, For Piano
Title: Morceau Romantique Sur Un Motif De M. Jacob De Julin, For Orchestra (or Piano)
Title: Dance Intermezzo (Tanzi-intermezzo), For Orchestra, Op. 45/2
Title: Pensées Lyriques (10), For Piano, Op. 40
Title: Kyllikki, Lyric Pieces (3) For Piano, Op. 41
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Track List: Sibelius: Finlandia, Karelia Suite / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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Track List: Sibelius: Incidental Music

Title: Pelléas Et Mélisande, Incidental Music For Orchestra, Op. 46
Title: Karelia Suite, For Orchestra, Op. 11
Title: King Christian II (Kung Kristian II), Orchestral Suite, Op. 27
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Track List: Sibelius: Piano Music

Title: Kyllikki, Lyric Pieces (3) For Piano, Op. 41
Title: Pieces (5) For Piano ("The Trees"), Op. 75
Title: Pieces (5) For Piano ("The Flowers"), Op. 85
Title: Characteristic Impressions (5), For Piano, Op. 103
Title: Impromptus (6), For Piano, Op. 5
Title: Finlandia, Tone Poem For Orchestra, Op. 26
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Track List: Sibelius: Songs

Title: To Evening (Illalle), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 17/6
Title: 'Neath The Fir Trees (Under Strandens Granar), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 13/1
Title: The First Kiss (Den Förste Kyssen, II), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 37/1
Title: Black Roses (Svarta Rosor), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 36/1
Title: The Maid Returned From Meeeting Her Lover (Flickan Kon Ifrån Sin äLsklings Möte), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 37/5
Title: Sigh, Sedges, Sigh (Säv, Säv, Susa), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 36/4
Title: Was It A Dream? (Var Det En Dröm), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 37/4
Title: The Diamond On The March Snow (Demanton På Marssnön), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 36/6
Title: Driftwood (Lastu Lainehilla), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 17/7
Title: Row, Row Duck (Souda, Souda, Sinisorsa), For Voice & Piano
Title: The Echo Nymph (Kaiutar), Somg For Voice & Piano, Op. 72/4
Title: Sailing (Segelfahrt), Song For Voice & Piano
Title: Im Feld Ein Mädchen Singt (A Maiden Yonder Sings), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 50/3
Title: Sehnsucht (Loneliness), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 50/2
Title: Die Stille Stadt (The Silent Town), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 50/5
Title: Serenade, Song For Voice & Piano
Title: En Visa (A Song), For Voice & Piano
Title: The First Kiss (Den Första Kyssen, I), Song For Voice & Piano
Title: Orgies (Orgier), Song For Voice & Piano
Title: Row, Row Duck (Souda, Souda, Sinisorsa), For Voice & Piano
Title: Sunrise (Soluppgång), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 37/3
Title: Songs (6) For Voice & Piano, Op. 88
Title: Narcissus, Song For Voice & Piano
Title: Hymn To Thaïs, The Unforgettable, Song For Voice & Piano
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Track List: Sibelius: Songs 2

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Track List: Sibelius: Songs, Vol. 3

Title: Songs Of Runeberg (7), For Voice And Piano, Op. 13
Title: Songs (6) For Voice & Piano, Op. 50
Title: Songs (6) For Voice & Piano, Op. 90
Title: The Wood Nymph (Skogsrået), Song For Voice & Piano
Title: Belshazzar's Feast (Belsazars Gästabud), Incidental Music, Op. 51
Title: Resemblence (Likhet), Song For Voice & Piano
Title: En Visa (A Song), For Voice & Piano
Title: Serenade, Song For Voice & Piano
Title: The Thought (Tanken), Song For Voice & Piano
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Track List: Sibelius: The Seven Symphonies [Box Set]

Disc 1
Title: Symphony No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 39
Title: The Oceanides (Aallottaret), Tone Poem For Orchestra, Op. 73
Disc 2
Title: Symphony No. 2 In D Major, Op. 43
Title: Symphony No. 3 In C Major, Op. 52
Disc 3
Title: Symphony No. 4 In A Minor, Op. 63
Title: Symphony No. 6 In D Minor, Op. 104
Disc 4
Title: Symphony No. 5 In E Flat Major, Op. 82
Title: Kuolema (Death), Incidental Music For Orchestra (I), Op. 44
Title: Symphony No. 7 In C Major, Op. 105
Title: Night Ride & Sunrise (Öinen Ratsastus Ja Auringonnousu), Symphonic Poem For Orchestra, Op. 55
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Track List: The Tempest

Title: Cassazione, For Orchestra, Op. 6
Title: The Tempest, Prelude For Orchestra (From The Incidental Music, Op. 109)
Title: The Tempest: Suite No. 1, For Orchestra, Op. 109/2
Title: The Tempest: Suite No. 2, For Orchestra, Op. 109/3
Title: Prelude, For Brass Septet (Or Clarinet & Brass Sextet)
Title: Tiera, Tone Poem For Brass Septet & Percussion

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I first heard Symphony No/5 (played by Karajan and Berlin Philharmonic . Karajan was a great fan of Sibelius) in my early twenties (65 now). I couldn't believe how beautiful, how emotional, how soulful, how musical; I cried . . . some composers have just got it and Sibelius is one of them. . . . could just go on and on. I just love his music . . .
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This is the 150th anniversary of his birth and in Finland there are concerts and celebrations galore.
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Another one of the great composers as far as I'm concerned. Part of Finlandia is in The Lutheran Hymnal (1941 edition P.651). Oh what inspiring music I was raised on!
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Symphony No.2 and Finlandia. Two of the greatest pieces of music ever written!
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I probably woulda got MY mood messed with by a freakin THROAT TUMOR 2.........
1 would hope that the biographer didn't mean it to sound "snarky". Mr. Sibelius deserved to take a looooong rest, after trauma like that. His beautiful music speaks for him, 2 this day & BEYOND!!!!! :-)
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Berniesanta +1. The biographer gets a tad bit snark about S retiring at age 60, a century ago to boot, to enjoy all that Finnish independence and nature stuff he'd spent his life honoring.
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neosoulful1
Ah Yes!!! Die Hard 2. Am I the only one that noticed?
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Sibelius on Suomessa. Suomessa on Sibelius
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drip...drip. . . d r i p . . .
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berniesanta is redundant
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A wise, talented virtuoso who knew how to retire and live life fully and peacefully – not so easy to do for many who have not truly found themselves, despite having lived so productively ; mainly because he firmly believed in himself and his legacy to posterity...

If the
critics were always right, we
should be in deep trouble. ...
Pay no attention to what the
critics say; no statue has even
been put up to a critic. – Jean Sibelius
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this hauntingly beautiful piece also known as Swan of Tulanela ,voiced by the english horn
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Brings back memories of when i played this with my orchestra! :')
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I love all of the composers of this time ^_^ simply breathtaking
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lkgrebnel
Yes, Pete, I second it--w/a bravo
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darcie29tudo r
The more I listen to Sibelius the more I enjoy. I've listened to Classical for more than 50 years and can always find new pleasures. He can be serene or rousing, I seem to always think of an ocean while listening to no.5.
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Motto bene!
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apriledie
Welcome all new comers to the great composers (maestros) of what I call the great romantic classics...w h e r e have you been? Listening to all that stuff in what we Americans call music since the lousy pop culture? I am a 60s child who loved the Beatles then jumped right into the Classics...y o u can find great self peace, knowledge, understandin g of this crazy world learning of the composers and listen, listen, listen to their interior world of music!
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Does this remind anyone else of the hymnal "Be still my soul"
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This is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever created by mankind. I love this piece.
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rpluta
Very nice piece!
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The haunting sound reflects the Scandinavian spirit. I have loved Sibelius' music for over 50 years, and it never loses its magnificence for me.
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lkgrebnel
Understand Sibelius suffered 'the composers' disease' and went deaf before he died. . . It particularly comes out in his quartet work. Mitch Miller, oboest, composer, clown has recorded (famously) this work. Life is wonderful!!
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Very nice piece of music. It's no way how someone can put this song into one word.the story that is told behind this piece is amazing!!
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seawild
The Swan Of Tuonela, very nice. Lots of mysterious atmosphere! Thank you!
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Finlandia. I know, it's cliche, but.... Finlandia... . . . . N o one conducts it better than Karajan, btw.
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I'm really digging the quartets right now!
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The 5th Symphony is great for flying into the sunset on a jet
After 48 years of listening to it....it just gets better
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Valse Triste
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Awesome.
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@itsrooster. 1 0 0 !?!? How could you say that!? At the very least, the last 1 or 2 movements are simply fascinating, and some of the greatest works of art I have ever heard! Maybe you just have to hear it live... Sibelius is definitely in my top one list of fav composers :D
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2nd symphony is pretty borring
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His 5th and 7th Symphonies are on my list as the 20 greatest.
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Hey! Where's the yellow ribbon round the ol oak tree? I never hurd of J. Sibelius and just stumbbled into him. He,s good! Don't I get a welcome kiss or a bouguet or something? DMB
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His violin concerto is surely the best of the Late Romantic period.
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Just went to listen to the Albuquerque Philharmonic (all volunteer orchestra/fr e e concert) perform Finlandia last Thursday. Very well done, very moving. I suppose Finnish ancestry on my Mother's side doesn't hurt my appreciation .
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I adore his piano pieces, especially the Souvenirs. Opus 99 is my favourite.
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Love the Swan of Tuonela
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tmcateer1
the 5th is devastatingl y beautiful
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mrned26
I'll never forget the first time I heard the 5th symphony, randomly popping cassettes in my mom's car one night. Even that first time I felt I had really found something special.
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weiderrachel
There were so many brilliant composers that did not have their compositions burned. I salute you Jean Sibelius!
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still wonder what symphony no 8 sounds like
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The version of the Karelia Suite march is much too slow. It's much more appealing at
a faster templ.
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Be still, my soul.
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patchman91
His 5th symphony is GREAT to listen to while driving through the mountains!
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His music is terrific. I have had the honor of playing it as a member of a fine orchestra, conducting vocal arrangements , and of course, listening. I was also able to travel to Finland several times and visited his national monument. stunning.
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stevengayle
Hi music makes me just "feel".
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mrned26
I don't know how to describe music, so I'll just say I've liked the music of Sibelius since I first heard it in my teens, especially his 5th Symphony. His 2nd Symphony has also been a favorite. I like them all except for the 1st and the 7th (the "tone poem".) Too bad he didn't write for the last 30 years of his life.
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Passionate! This man's music makes you wanna make love!
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yes, I know i spelled raptoreous wrong. i'm too lazy to look it up right now. oh well. deal with it.
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