Jean Sibelius (08.12.1865 – 20.09.1957) was was a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely regarded as being the the most note worthy symphonic composer from Scandinavia. During the first decade of the 20th century Sibelius’ fame spread throughout the European continent. Busoni conducted Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D major (1901) in Berlin, and the British composer Granville Bantock commissioned his Symphony No. 3 in C major (1907). Sibelius’ set of seven symphonies is central to his output and these are regularly performed and recorded as are his other major works. 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).
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Jennifer Pike (violin), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)