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Composer of the Week

Jean Sibelius, 1913 (Photo: Daniel Nyblin / Public Domain)

Sibelius is Composer of the Week on BBC Radio 3 in the week beginning Monday 12 February 2018. Donald Macleod will present a series of hour-long programmes exploring Sibelius’s life and work each weekday at 12.00.

Monday: ‘Janne’
Vattendroppar · Violin Concerto · Serenad · Piano Quintet (1st mov.)

Tuesday: ‘From Happiness to Despair’
Kullervo’s Death · Impromptu in B minor · The Swan of Tuonela · Symphony No. 1 (finale) · Malinconia

Wednesday: ‘Drowning Sorrows’
Finlandia Hymn · Symphony No. 2 (finale) · In memoriam · Pohjola’s Daughter · The Maiden with the Roses (Swanwhite)

Thursday: ‘A Mountain to be Climbed’
Valse triste · Symphony No. 4 · The Bells of Kallio Church · Symphony No. 5 (finale)

Friday: ‘A Mystery at the End’
Two Schybergson songs · Symphony No. 6 · Chorus of the Winds; Prospero; Dance Episode (The Tempest) · Andante festivo · Sydämeni laulu

Presenter Donald Macleod was educated in Glasgow and at St Andrew’s University where he studied psychology. He began his career as a presenter in 1982 on BBC Radio 3 and for BBC1’s 60 minutes as a TV reporter and newsreader.

The programmes will be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast.

Further information:

Lahti Sibelius Festival 2018

Lahti Symphony Orchestra / Dima Slobodeniouk. Photo: © Lahti SO/Juha Tanhua

Programmes and artists – including a guest orchestra and conductor – have been announced for the 2018 Lahti Sibelius Festival.

For more information about the music and about Sibelius One’s group visit to the festival, click here.


Dedicated to Sibelius

At the initiative of Sibelius One members Doug Whittet and Rob Ebbers, a list is being compiled of musical works dedicated to Jean Sibelius.

The current list is shown below. If you know of additions or other relevant information, please contact Doug Whittet by e-mail (click here).

The list will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.

To download the list as an Excel document, click here.

Composer Work Year Recording Comment
Bax, Arnold Symphony No. 5 1932 London Philharmonic Orchestra / Raymond Leppard (Lyrita)
Busoni, Ferruccio Orchestral Suite No. 2, Op. 34a 1905 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Neeme Järvi (Chandos) 4 movements each with different dedicatee (1st to JS)
Constant, Marius Hämeenlinna: An Imaginary Landscape 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Englund, Einar Ciacona 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Josephs, Wilfred In the North 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Melartin, Erkki The Melancholy Garden (for piano), Op. 54 1908 Izumi Tateno (Ondine)
Merikanto, Aarre Theme, Variations & Fugue for orchestra 1915 None? No commercial recording?
Musgrave, Thea Song of the Enchanter 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Nørgård, Per Aftonland (Songs from Evening Land) 1956 Helene Gjerris et al. (Dacapo)
Picker, Tobias Séance 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Rak, Štěpán Elegy for solo guitar 1987 Štěpán Rak (Nimbus)
Ruders, Poul Tundra 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)
Söderlind, Ragnar Symphony No. 8 (Sibelius in memoriam) 2005 Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Fedoseyev (YouTube concert recording) Quotes from Surusoitto; no commercial recording
Stenhammar, Wilhelm String Quartet No. 4 in A minor, Op. 25 1907 Stenhammar Quartet (BIS)
Tüür, Erkki-Sven Searching for Roots 1990 Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / Paavo Järvi (Virgin)
Vaughan Williams, Ralph Symphony No. 5 in D major 1943 Over 30 available!
Yuasa, Joji The Midnight Sun 1990 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Sergiu Comissiona (Ondine)

Lahti Sibelius Festival 2017 Review

Photo: © Lahti SO/Juha Tanhua

The Eighteenth International Lahti Sibelius Festival coincided with the centenary year of Finland’s political independence. In a previous year forty percent of tickets were sold to non-Finnish patrons, so its claim of international status is well justified. As usual concert tickets and hotel accommodation had been arranged at a special price for Sibelius One members. Click here to read the full review by Geoff Hayes.