Legal name: Johan Julius Christian Sibelius

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Jean Sibelius (;  Swedish pronunciation ), born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957), was a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country's greatest composer and, through his music, is often credited with having helped Finland to develop a national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia.

The core of his oeuvre is his set of seven symphonies which, like his other major works, are regularly performed and recorded in his home country and internationally. His other best-known compositions are Finlandia, the Karelia Suite, Valse triste, the Violin Concerto, the choral symphony Kullervo, and The Swan of Tuonela (from the Lemminkäinen Suite). Other works include pieces inspired by nature, Nordic mythology, and the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, over a hundred songs for voice and piano, incidental music for numerous plays, the opera Jungfrun i tornet (The Maiden in the Tower), chamber music, piano music, Masonic ritual music, and 21 publications of choral music.

Sibelius composed prolifically until the mid-1920s, but after completing his Seventh Symphony (1924), the incidental music for The Tempest (1926) and the tone poem Tapiola (1926), he stopped producing major works in his last thirty years, a stunning and perplexing decline commonly referred to as "The Silence of Järvenpää", the location of his home. Although he is reputed to have stopped composing, he attempted to continue writing, including abortive efforts on an eighth symphony. In later life, he wrote Masonic music and re-edited some earlier works while retaining an active but not always favourable interest in new developments in music.

The Finnish 100 mark note featured his image until 2002, when the euro was adopted. Since 2011, Finland has celebrated a Flag Day on 8 December, the composer's birthday, also known as the "Day of Finnish Music". In 2015, the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth, a number of special concerts and events were held, especially in the city of Helsinki.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Violin Concerto / En Saga / Serenade for Violin and Orchestra, op. 69 no. 2 Sibelius; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Julian Rachlin, Lorin Maazel 1
1994 Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61 / Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47 Beethoven, Sibelius; David Oistrakh, Stockholm Festival Orchestra, Sixten Ehrling 1
1994 Violinkonzerte J. Sibelius, A. Berg; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tauno Hannikainen, Wiener Symphoniker, Hans Vonk, Oleg Kagan 1
1995 Early Chamber Music, Volume 1 Jean Sibelius 1
1995 Early Chamber Music, Volume 2 Jean Sibelius 1
1995 Jedermann, op. 83 / Belshazzar's Feast, op. 51 (original score) / The Countess's Portrait Jean Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Lahti Chamber Choir, Osmo Vänskä 1
1995 Symphonies nos. 2 & 6 Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 2
1995 Anne Sofie Von Otter Sings Sibelius Jean Sibelius; Anne Sofie von Otter, Bengt Forsberg 1
1995 Sibelius Songs Jean Sibelius; Karita Mattila, Ilmo Ranta 1
1995 BBC Music, Volume 4, Number 3: Sibelius Symphony no. 2 / Walton Symphony no. 2 Sibelius, Walton; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Martyn Brabbins 1
1995 Violin Concerto / Serenades / Humoresque Jean Sibelius; Anne‐Sophie Mutter, Staatskapelle Dresden, André Previn 1
1995 Kullervo Jean Sibelius; Soile Isokoski, Raimo Laukka, The Danish National Radio Symphony, Danish National Radio Choir, Leif Segerstam 1
1995 Piano Works Jean Sibelius; Marita Viitasalo 1
1995 Smetana: The Moldau / Liszt: Les Preludes / Sibelius: Finlandia, Pelleas et Melisande Smetana, Liszt, Sibelius; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1995 Symphonie Nr. 2 D-Dur / Karelia-Suite Jean Sibelius; Berliner Philharmoniker, Helsinki-Radio-Symphony Orchestra, Okko Kamu 1
1995 Symphonies 2 & 4 Jean Sibelius; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka‐Pekka Saraste 1
1995 Symphonies no. 1 & 5 Jean Sibelius; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 1
1995 Symphonies nos. 2 & 6 Jean Sibelius; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 2
1995 Symphonies nos. 4 & 5 Sibelius; Berliner Philharmoniker, James Levine 2
1995 Symphony no. 1, op. 39 / In memoriam, op. 59 Sibelius; The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Leif Segerstam 1
1995 Symphony No. 2 / Finlandia Sibelius; New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta 1
1995 Symphony no. 2, op. 43 / Finlandia, op. 26 Sibelius; The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Leif Segerstam 1
1995 Symphony no. 3, op. 52 / Tapiola, op. 112 / Scene With Cranes, op. 44/2 Sibelius; The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Leif Segerstam 1
1995 Symphony no. 5, op. 82 / Symphony no. 7, op. 105 / Valse triste, op. 44/1 Sibelius; The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Leif Segerstam 1
1995 Symphony no. 6, op. 104 / Pohjola's Daughter, op. 49 / En saga, op. 9 Sibelius; The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Leif Segerstam 1
1995 Violin Concertos Tchaikovsky, Sibelius; Leila Josefowicz, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 2
1996 Violin Concerto in D minor / Karelia Suite / Belshazzar’s Feast Jean Sibelius; Pekka Kuusisto, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam 2
1996 Finlandia / Luonnotar / Karelia Suite / Oceanides / King Christian Sibelius; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, Soile Isokoski 1
1996 Violin Concertos Tchaikovsky, Sibelius; Vadim Repin, London Symphony Orchestra, Emmanuel Krivine 5 1
1996 Symphony no. 5 (original 1915 version) / En Saga (original 1892 version) Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 3
1996 Piano Music Jean Sibelius; Risto Lauriala 2
1996 The Wood-Nymph Jean Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, Lasse Pöysti 2
1996 Symphony no. 3 / Finlandia / Karelia Suite op. 11 / Valse Triste Sibelius; Lorin Maazel, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 1
1996 Violin Concertos Sibelius, Nielsen; Maxim Vengerov, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim 2
1996 Complete Music for Cello and Piano Jean Sibelius; Torleif Thedéen, Folke Gräsbeck 1
1996 Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1996 Works for Mixed Choir a cappella Jean Sibelius; Jubilate Choir, Astrid Riska 1
1996 Kullervo Jean Sibelius; Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Laulun Ystävät Male Choir, Jorma Panula, Johanna Rusanen, Esa Ruuttunen 1
1996 Kullervo Symphony Sibelius; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Monica Groop, Jorma Hynninen, The Polytech Choir, Jukka-Pekka Saraste 1
1996 Lemminkäinen Legends / Tapiola Jean Sibelius; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam 1
1996 Lemminkäinen Suite / Luonnotar / Nightride and Sunrise Jean Sibelius; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Järvi, Solveig Kringelborn 2
1996 Scandinavian Masterpieces Grieg, Sibelius, Svendsen, Peterson-Berger, Larsson, Alfvén 1
1996 Suites: Scènes historiques / Pelléas et Mélisande Jean Sibelius; Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leif Segerstam 1
1996 Symphonies 1 & 7 Sibelius; San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt 1
1996 Symphonies 4 & 6 Sibelius; The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Paavo Berglund 2
1996 Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 Sibelius; Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, Kurt Sanderling 1
1996 The Great Violin Concertos Schumann, Sibelius; Peter Rybar 1
1996 The Symphonies Sibelius; Wiener Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel 2
1996 Violin Concerto, op. 47 / Finlandia, op. 26 Jean Sibelius; Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra, Eri Klas, Jaakko Kuusisto 1
1997 Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 17, K. 453 / Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47 / Griffes: Poem for Flute and Orchestra / Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 2, op. 83 Mozart, Sibelius, Griffes, Brahms; Pei-Yao Wang, Huei-Jun Lin, Hwei-Jin Liu, Evelyn Chen, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Mazer 1
1997 The Swan of Tuonela / 4 Legends / Pohjola's Daughter / Night Ride and Sunrise Sibelius; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 2
1997 Symphonies 1 & 4 Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 2
1997 Symphonies 2 & 3 Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 2
1997 Symphony No. 7 / Rakastava / En saga / Kullervo Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1997 The Tempest / Kuolema / King Christian II / Scènes Historiques / Scaramouche / Swanwhite Sibelius; Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra, Jussi Jalas 2
1997 Karelia - Complete Score / Kuolema - Incidental music Jean Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 1
1997 Symphonies 6 & 7 / Tapiola Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 2
1997 Classic Masters: Sinfonia no. 2 / Suite Pelléas et Mélisande op. 46 Jean Sibelius; Orquestra filarmônica de Flanders, Gerard Oskamp 1
1997 Complete Piano Music, Volume Five Sibelius; Annette Servadei 1
1997 Complete Piano Music, Volume Four Sibelius; Annette Servadei 1
1997 Complete Piano Music, Volume One Sibelius; Annette Servadei 1
1997 Complete Piano Music, Volume Three Sibelius; Annette Servadei 1
1997 Complete Piano Music, Volume Two Sibelius; Annette Servadei 1
1997 En Saga / The Swan of Tuonela / Finlandia / The Oceanides / Tapiola Sibelius; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Davis 2
1997 Finlandia / Karelia Suite / Lemminkäinen Suite Sibelius; Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Petri Sakari 4
1997 Finlandia / Symphony no. 5 Sibelius; Paavo Berglund, Simon Rattle 1
1997 Kullervo Jean Sibelius; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, National Male Choir of Estonia, Paavo Järvi, Randi Stene, Peter Mattei 1
1997 Late Works for Violin and Piano Jean Sibelius; Kaija Saarikettu, Hui‐Ying Liu 1
1998 Complete Choral Songs for Mixed, Female and Children’s Voices Jean Sibelius; Tapiola Chamber Choir, Hannu Norjanen, Tapiola Choir, Kari Ala-Pöllänen 1
1998 Complete Karelia Music / Press Celebrations Music Sibelius; Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Tuomas Ollila 2
1998 Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty / Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela / Liszt: Les Préludes Пётр Ильич Чайковский, Franz Liszt, Jean Sibelius; Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski 1
1998 The Tempest: Complete Edition Jean Sibelius; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka‐Pekka Saraste 2
1998 Symphonies nos. 1 and 3 Sibelius; Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Petri Sakari 1
1998 The Tempest Suites 1 & 2 / The Oceanides / Nightride and Sunrise Jean Sibelius; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam 2
1998 Peer Gynt-Suiten, „Aus Holbergs Zeit“, Karelia Suite Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius 1
1998 Symphonies Sibelius; Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Paavo Berglund 1
1998 Symphony No. 2 / Swan of Tuonela / Finlandia Sibelius; NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini 1
1998 Tone Poems Sibelius; Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leif Segerstam 1
1998 Violin Concertos Sibelius, Mendelssohn; Sarah Chang, Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons 1
1998 Violin Concertos Sibelius, Dvořák; Salvatore Accardo, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Sir Colin Davis 2
1998 Violin Concertos Brahms, Sibelius; Tasmin Little, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley 1
1999 Karelia Suite / King Christian II / Pelléas et Mélisande Jean Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 1
1999 Symphony no. 2 / The Tempest Suite no. 1 Sibelius; Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Petri Sakari 1
1999 Music for Mixed and Female Choir Jean Sibelius; Jubilate Choir, Astrid Riska 1
1999 Lemminkäinen Suite with World Premiere Recording of Original Versions of no. 1 & 4 Jean Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 1
1999 Piano Music, Volume 1 Jean Sibelius; Håvard Gimse 2
1999 Finlandia / Valse Triste / Romance / Symphony No. 2 Sibelius; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ashkenazy 1
1999 Complete Youth Production for Violin and Piano, Volume 1 Jean Sibelius; Jaakko Kuusisto, Folke Gräsbeck 1
1999 Piano Music, Volume 2 Jean Sibelius; Håvard Gimse 1
1999 Conferment Cantata / Coronation Cantata / Academic March / Andante Festivo / Finlandia Jean Sibelius; Soile Isokoski, Jaakko Kortekangas, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Philharmonic Choir, Leif Segerstam 1
1999 Clara Schumann / Jean Sibelius / Edvard Grieg / Maurice Ravel / Claude Debussy Clara Schumann, Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy; Auður Hafsteinsdóttir, Guðríður St. Sigurðardóttir 1
1999 Finlandia / Tone Poems Sibelius; Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Berglund 1
1999 Sibelius: En Saga / Violin Concerto / Beethoven: Coriolan Jean Sibelius; Berliner Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler 1
1999 Symphonies 1-7 Jean Sibelius; Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester, Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester 1
2000 Sibelius - Lahti - Vänskä Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 1
2000 En Saga / Lemminkäinen Legends Jean Sibelius; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mikko Franck 1
2000 Finland Awakes Jean Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 1
2000 Complete Youth Production for Violin and Piano, Volume 2 Jean Sibelius; Jaakko Kuusisto, Folke Gräsbeck 1
2000 Piano Works Jean Sibelius; Kyoko Tabe 2
2000 Violin Concertos Sibelius, Goldmark; Joshua Bell, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen 2

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