Jean Sibelius

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The Columbus Symphony welcomes composer Andreia Pinto Correia this weekend for the world premiere of her Ciprés (Cypresses)a work for orchestra inspired by the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca.

Following the premiere, violinist Jennifer Koh joins the symphony as the soloist for Jean Sibelius' Concerto in D Minor. The Columbus Symphony program closes with Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.

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These new recordings have brought me a lot of pleasure over the past few months. May they do the same for you.

Here are a few gift suggestions for the lovers of classical music in your life. (The recordings are available as downloads and, merciful God, as CDs.)

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Exciting, young violinist Alexandra Conunova makes her U.S. debut this weekend in her only scheduled 2017 engagement in this country, performing Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto in d with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

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For me, there is always something slightly mournful about the first real hints of Autumn here in Central Ohio, usually felt near the end of September.  No surprise there about the timing, but still, the change in the air is finally noticeable this season, with the grey skies and the wind making the rain feel colder than the still mild temperatures would indicate.  The kind of music I feel like listening to often changes, too.

More from Finland's Greatest Composer

Dec 10, 2015
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Anticipating the 150th birth anniversary of Finland's Jean Sibelius, last week on Symphony @ 7 I had his Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat.  This week, just two days after his actual birth date of December 10th, I have the most popular of his seven symphonies, Symphony No. 2 in D.

Jean Sibelius Born on This Day in 1865

Dec 8, 2015
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Today is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Finland's greatest composer.  Jean Sibelius was born December 8, 1865 and lived until 1957.  He has long been one of my favorite composers for his unique musical voice and vision, creating a wonderfully mysterious sense of the world of nature of the far northern landscapes of Finland.

German violinist Augustin Hadelich performing
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The exciting young violinist Augustin Hadelich is the winner of the inaugural Warner Music Prize.  Chosen from 16 nominees all under the age of 35, this prize offered by the Warner Music group includes a cash grant of $100,000 and a recording offer from Warner.  Look for more releases from this fine artist in the not too distant future.

The Grandest Symphony of Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius

Aug 20, 2015
Sculpture Of composer Jean Sibelius
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This is the 150th anniversary year of the birth of Finland's greatest composer, so I bet we'll be hearing a lot of Jean Sibelius's music in the coming months leading up to his actual birth date of December 8, 1865. 

Sibelius First on Symphony @ 7

May 14, 2015

Finnish composer Jean Sibelius wrote seven fine symphonies over the course of about 25 years.  This evening on Symphony @ 7, I'll have his first foray into the genre with Symphony No. 1 in E minor.

Music from Caramoor Festival on Classical Showcase

Mar 19, 2015

This Friday’s program, recorded June 21 of last year, features violinist Joshua Bell with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Cristian Macalaru. 

Four Legends from the Kalevala on Symphony @ 7

Apr 21, 2014

On Monday's Symphony @7, we enter the world of Finnish mythology for the Four Legends from the Kalevala by Jean Sibelius.  He wrote this work, also known as the Lemminkainen Suite, in the early 1890s with the original idea of creating a mythological opera based on Finland's national epic, the Kalevala.