Jean Sibelius

Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) was so revered in his homeland that the government commissioned him to write a symphony as part of a national celebration of his 50th birthday. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on what has become one of the composer’s most famous works.

Jean Sibelius, born 150 years ago on Dec. 8, 1865, was the first Finnish composer to reach an international audience, but his popularity began at home. In the late 1890s, Finland was a part of the Russian empire and its people were striving for independence.

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Lorin Maazel returns to conduct the New York Philharmonic in a program featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman.  Maazel, NY Philharmonic Music Director from 2002 to 2009, leads a performance of the Sibelius Symphony No. 2.  With Bronfman, we'll hear the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1.  Sunday, Feb. 17 3 to 5 pm.


Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Jim Cotter speaks with the renowned German pianist Christian Zacharias.

Susan Lewis takes a look at The Philadelphia Wind Symphony. The recently formed ensemble is performing on March 3rd in Center City, Philadelphia.

As fragments of an unfinished Jean Sibelius masterwork come to light, David Patrick Stearns considers whether or not we're about to hear a new Sibelius symphony, more than half a century after the death of the great Finish composer.

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