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A Trove of Sibelius Treasures

Wild Angelica, Akseli Gallen-Kallela

String Quartet in D-Minor op. 56, Voces Intimae.

In the 8th session of David Nice’s excellent survey of the music of Jean Sibelius, he took a time-out from symphonies to explore others of Sibelius’s musical treasures. Here are performances of each:

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Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in a Thrilling Performance

“The composer Sulho Ranta (1901-60) spoke on behalf of his fellow Finns when he declared, ‘There is something about this music—at least for us—that leads us to ecstasy; almost like a shaman with his magic drum.'” [citation]

With thanks to David Nice, once again, for identifying this phenomenal performance of Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2.