Jean Sibelius

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Legal name: Johan Julius Christian Sibelius

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Jean Sibelius (/sɪˈbliəs, -jəs/;  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, continue to be performed and recorded in his home country and internationally. His 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 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. Throughout his career, the composer found inspiration in nature and Nordic mythology, especially the heroic legends of the national epic, the Kalevala.

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 failed to produce any 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
2000 Published Original Works for Piano: Complete Edition, Volume 5 Sibelius; Eero Heinonen 1
2000 Quatuors à cordes Sibelius, Verdi; Melos Quartett 2
2000 Sibelius' Songs Jean Sibelius; Jorma Hynninen, Ralf Gothóni, Seppo Siirala 1
2000 Symphonies nos. 4 and 5 Sibelius; Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Petri Sakari 1
2000 Symphonies nos. 5 & 6 Sibelius; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Berglund 1
2000 Symphony no. 2 Jean Sibelius; Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
2000 Tapiola / En Saga / The Bard / Valse Triste Jean Sibelius; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
2000 Violin Concerto / Two Melodies / Two Serenades / Rakastava Suite Jean Sibelius; Boris Belkin, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
2001 Kullervo Jean Sibelius; Lilli Paasikivi, Raimo Laukka, Helsinki University Chorus, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 1
2001 Symphonies 5 & 7 Jean Sibelius; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
2001 Ormandy Conducts Sibelius: Symphonies no. 4 & no. 7 Sibelius; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 1
2001 Symphonies nos. 2 & 4 Sibelius; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2001 Piano Music, Volume 3: Ten Piano Pieces, op. 58 / Three Sonatinas, op. 67 Sibelius; Håvard Gimse 1
2001 Youth Production for Solo Piano, Volume 2 Jean Sibelius; Folke Gräsbeck 1
2001 Works for String Orchestra Sibelius 1
2001 Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra Sibelius; Miriam Fried, Jaakko Kuusisto, Leonidas Kavakos, Helsinki Philharmonic, Okko Kamu 2
2001 Sibelius: String Quartet, op. 56 "Voces intimae" / Grieg: String Quartet in G minor, op. 27 Sibelius, Grieg; New Helsinki Quartet 1
2001 Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 / Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Beethoven, Sibelius; Concertgebouw Orchestra, George Szell 1
2001 Songs Sibelius; Kirsi Tiihonen, Satu Salminen 1
2001 Suomi | Finland Sibelius, Kuula, Rautavaara; Chœur de Chambre Accentus, Eric Ericson 1
2001 Symphony no. 5 / Karelia Suite Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Gibson 1
2001 Symphony no. 5 / Karelia Suite / Pohjola’s Daughter / The Bard Jean Sibelius; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2001 Violin concerto / Orchestral works Sibelius; Julian Rachlin, Lorin Maazel 1
2002 Violin Concertos Tchaikovsky, Sibelius; Ruggiero Ricci, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Øivin Fjeldstad 1
2002 Sibelius Songs Jean Sibelius; Katarina Karnéus, Julius Drake 2
2002 Tone Poems Sibelius; Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 1
2002 Sibelius: Symphony no. 2 in D major / Tubin: Symphony no. 5 in B minor Jean Sibelius, Eduard Tubin; Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 2
2002 Mustonen plays Sibelius Jean Sibelius; Olli Mustonen 1
2002 Symphonies nos. 1 & 3 / Finlandia Sibelius; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2002 Symphonies 1 & 7 Jean Sibelius; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam 2
2002 John Barbirolli & Ginette Neveu Perform Sibelius Sibelius; Philharmonia Orchestra, Ginette Neveu, Walter Süsskind, New York Philharmonic, John Barbirolli 1
2002 Nielsen: Symphony no. 1 / Sibelius: Symphony no. 7 Carl Nielsen, Jean Sibelius; Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Okko Kamu 2
2002 The Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra Sibelius; Christian Tetzlaff, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard 1
2002 The Maiden in the Tower / Pelléas et Mélisande / Valse triste Jean Sibelius; Kringelborn, Jonsson, Paasikivi, Magee, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi 1
2002 The Violin Concertos Sibelius, Wieniawski 1
2002 Tone Poems Jean Sibelius; Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Petri Sakari 1
2002 Violin Concerto / Serenades Sibelius; Ida Haendel, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund 2
2003 Rondo of the Waves Jean Sibelius; Sinfonia Lahti, Osmo Vänskä 2
2003 Symphony no. 4 / En Saga / Finlandia / Lemminkäinen's Return Jean Sibelius; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2003 Piano Music, Volume 4: Piano Miniatures Jean Sibelius; Håvard Gimse 1
2003 Piano Works Sibelius; Eero Heinonen 2
2003 Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 / Tapiola Sibelius; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2003 Complete Piano Trios, Volume 1 Jean Sibelius; Jaakko Kuusisto, Satu Vänskä, Marko Ylönen, Folke Gräsbeck 1
2003 Symphonies 2 & 6 Jean Sibelius; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam 1
2003 Cantatas Jean Sibelius; Ellerhein Girls' Choir, Estonian National Male Choir, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi 1
2003 Complete Songs for Male Voice Choir a cappella Jean Sibelius; Helsinki University Chorus, Matti Hyökki 1
2003 Pelleas and Medisande / Kuolema: Valse Triste / Belshazzar's Feast / The Tempest: Suite no. 2 / Andante Festivo Jean Sibelius; Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Joseph Swensen 1
2003 Symphonies nos. 3 & 7 Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 2
2003 The Perlman Edition: Sibelius & Korngold: Violin Concertos / Sinding: Suite Sibelius, Korngold, Sinding; Perlman, Previn 1
2003 The Wood-Nymph / King Christian II / Karelia Overture Jean Sibelius; Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Shuntaro Sato 1
2003 Violin Concertos Jean Sibelius, Sir William Walton; Akiko Suwanai, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2004 Sibelius: Symphony no. 7 / Tapiola / Pohjola's Daughter / Grieg: The Last Spring Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sergey Koussevitzky 1
2004 Complete Piano Trios, Volume 2 Jean Sibelius; Jaakko Kuusisto, Marko Ylönen, Folke Gräsbeck 1
2004 Violin Concertos Sibelius, Khachaturian; Sergey Khachatryan, Sinfonia Varsovia, Emmanuel Krivine 1
2004 Violin Concertos Serge Prokofiev, Jean Sibelius; Ilya Gringolts, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Neeme Järvi 1
2004 Piano Music, Volume 5: Piano Miniatures Jean Sibelius; Håvard Gimse 2
2004 Sibelius: Violin Concerto / Sinding: Violin Concerto no. 1 Sibelius, Sinding; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Henning Kraggerud, Bjarte Engeset 2
2004 Snöfrid: Cantatas and Orchestral Works Jean Sibelius; Jubilate Choir, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 1
2004 Pohjola's Daughter / Valse Triste / Karelia Suite / En Saga / Tapiola Jean Sibelius; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
2004 Segunda sinfonía y otras obras orquestales Jean Sibelius; Orquesta Sinfónica de Lahti, Osmo Vänskä 1
2004 Symphony no. 2 / Violin Concerto / Valse Triste Sibelius; Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Andrei Korsakov 1
2004 The Very First Sibelius Recordings 1901-1908: Ensimmäiset Sibelius-levytykset Jean Sibelius 1
2004 This Is Helsinki Jean Sibelius 1
2004 Works for Violin & Piano Jean Sibelius; Kaija Saarikettu, Teppo Koivisto 1
2005 Complete Piano Quartets Jean Sibelius; Jaakko Kuusisto, Satu Vänskä, Taneli Turunen, Folke Gräsbeck, Peter Lönnqvist, Harri Viitanen 2
2005 String Quartets 1885-1889 Jean Sibelius; Tempera Quartet 1
2005 Symphony no. 4 / Pohjola’s Daughter / Finlandia Jean Sibelius; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam 1
2005 Song of the Earth Jean Sibelius; Dominante, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 2
2005 Symphony no. 2 / The Swan of Tuonela / Valse triste / Andante festivo Sibelius; Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariss Jansons 1
2005 Action Passion Illusion Tüür, Rachmaninov, Sibelius; Nordic Symphony Orchestra, Anu Tali 2
2005 Mandfred Gräsbeck plays Sibelius Jean Sibelius; Manfred Gräsbeck 1
2005 Mikhail Vaiman, Volume 4 W.A. Mozart, J. Sibelius; Mikhail Vaiman 1
2005 Œuvres pour piano Jean Sibelius; Jean Dubé 1
2005 Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47 / Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, op. 77 J. Sibelius, J. Brahms; Gidon Kremer, Riccardo Muti, Herbert von Karajan 1
2005 Symphonies 2 & 5 Sibelius; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 2
2005 Symphony no. 2 in D / Symphony no. 7 in C Jean Sibelius; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Berglund 1
2005 The Symphonies Jean Sibelius; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
2006 Intimate Voices Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen; Emerson String Quartet 4
2006 Spirit of Nature: Songs, Cantatas and Orchestral Works Jean Sibelius; Helena Juntunen, Tommi Hakala, Jyrki Korhonen, Dominante Choir, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 1
2006 Luonnotar / Orchestral Songs Jean Sibelius; Soile Isokoski, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam 2
2006 String Quartets 1888-1889 Jean Sibelius; Tempera Quartet 1
2006 BBC Music, Volume 14, Number 11: Sibelius: Symphony no. 1 / Nielsen: Symphony no. 1 Sibelius, Nielsen; BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Joseph Swensen, Ulster Orchestra, János Fürst 1
2006 Collins' Sibelius Cycle Jean Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Collins 1
2006 Jean Sibeliuksen laulumusiikkia Jean Sibelius; Tommi Hakala, Essi Luttinen, Jussi Ziegler, Ilona Jokinen, Auri Paunonen, Kristian Attila 1
2006 Kullervo Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Peter Mattei, Monica Groop, Sir Colin Davis 2
2006 Kullervo Jean Sibelius; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Men's Chorus, Charlotte Hellekant, Nathan Gunn, Robert Spano 2
2006 Sibelius: Violin Concerto / Valen: Violin Concerto Jean Sibelius, Fartein Valen; Camilla Wicks 1
2006 Symphony no. 2 / En Saga Sibelius; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
2007 The Origin of Fire Sibelius; Sinfonia Lahti, Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat, Tommi Hakala, Osmo Vänskä 1
2007 Songs, Volume 1 Jean Sibelius; Hannu Jurmu, Jouni Somero 1
2007 A Five-Star Sibelius Celebration Jean Sibelius; Karita Mattila, Jorma Hynninen, Monica Groop, Pekka Kuusisto, Olli Mustonen 1
2007 Piano Quintets and Melodramas Jean Sibelius 1
2007 Songs, Volume 2 Jean Sibelius; Hannu Jurmu, Jouni Somero 1
2007 Voces Intimae: String Quartets 1890-1922 Jean Sibelius; Tempera Quartet 1
2007 Violin Concertos Sibelius, Lindberg; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lisa Batiashvili, Sakari Oramo 1
2007 Berceuse: Works for Violin and Piano, Volume 1 Jean Sibelius; Madoka Sato, Kikuo Watanabe 1
2007 Kim Borg singt lieder von Jean Sibelius Jean Sibelius; Kim Borg, Erik Werba 1
2007 Piano Transcriptions Jean Sibelius; Henri Sigfridsson 1
2007 Symphonies nos. 1-4 Sibelius; London Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Collins 1
2008 Scènes historiques I and II / King Christian Suite, op. 27 Jean Sibelius; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Pietari Inkinen 1

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