Jean Sibelius’s Legacy

A new book, Jean Sibelius’s Legacy – Research on his 150th Anniversary (ed. Daniel Grimley, Tim Howell, Veijo Murtomäki & Timo Virtanen), has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

As part of the Sibelius 150th anniversary celebrations in 2015, a great number of Sibelius scholars gathered in Hämeenlinna, his birth town, for a conference leading up to his birthday on 8 December. This volume draws upon the most current achievements of Sibelius research. It brings together the diverse – and sometimes even divergent – viewpoints that emerged from this international meeting.

These studies cover all of the genres in Sibelius’ production: orchestral works, incidental music, piano and chamber music, and songs, including both well-known works and rarities, and even some fresh discoveries. The chapters in this book are also a welcome reminder of the manifold sources of inspiration: the music of his contemporaries, nature, literature, and visual art. The versatility of Sibelius’s output, and the richness of his creative imagination are presented here to any reader interested to learn more about the music of the Finnish master.

Contributors: Ilkka Oramo, Veijo Murtomäki, Jorma Daniel Lünenbürger, Martti Laitinen, Vesa Kurkela, Kaarina Kilpiö, Timothy L. Jackson, Juhani Alesaro, Sanna Iitti, Tim Howell, Benjamin T. Hilger, Pekka Helasvuo, Olli Heikkinen, Charris Efthimiou, Gustav Djupsjöbacka, Les Black, Barry Wiener, Tuija Wicklund, Ron Weidberg, Olli Väisälä, Timo Virtanen, Helena Tyrväinen, Aare Tool, Ferruccio Tammaro, Lauri Suurpää, Anna Pulkkis

Hardback, 360 pages / ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9860-7 / ISBN-10: 1-4438-9860-0

Price: £64.99

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Concerts at the Finnish Ambassador’s Residence and in Brighton

‘Nordic Love’

We are delighted to present two concerts of songs by Jean Sibelius and his contemporaries to celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence.

The performers are two of today’s foremost Sibelius interpreters: Hedvig Paulig, soprano (winner of the 2011 International Sibelius Singing Competition) and Folke Gräsbeck, piano.

Friday 15 September 2017 at 7 pm (doors open 6.30 pm)
at the Finnish Ambassador’s Residence,
14 Kensington Palace Gardens,
London W8 4QP   

This concert is arranged by Sibelius One with the generous
support and assistance of the Finnish Embassy in London.

Tickets in advance only. Please apply to
Price £15 (current Sibelius One members: £10)
including welcome drink and post-concert refreshments.

Please note that there is no parking at the residence. The closest tube
stations are Queensway, Notting Hill Gate and High Street Kensington.

Saturday 16 September 2017 at 7.30 pm
at Brighton Unitarian Church,
New Road,
Brighton BN1 1UF   

Price £15 (current Sibelius One members: £10)

These concerts are scheduled to coincide with the release of the CD
‘Nordic Love’ by the same performers, featuring 20 songs by Sibelius.
(More information about this CD will be published soon)





Sibelius i Korpo 2017

Korpo gård

The sixteenth Sibelius i Korpo festival opens today, 21 July 2017, and celebrates Finland’s centenary in programmes of chamber, vocal and choral music, predominantly by Finnish composers. Artistic director of the festival is Folke Gräsbeck.

The programmes are as follows:

Friday 21 July 2017
9 pm at Korpo gård: Late evening concert

Jean Sibelius
Piano Trio in D major, ‘Korpo’, JS 209
Andante cantabile for violin and piano, JS 33
Untitled piece in B minor for violin and piano, JS 90 (sonata allegro exposition)
Adagio in F sharp minor for cello and piano, JS 15 (1889)
Tempo di valse in F sharp minor for cello and piano, JS 194 (‘Lulu Waltz’)
Andantino in D major ‘Till Emma Kristina Marie-Louise Berndtson. Lulu’ for piano

Einojuhani Rautavaara
Notturno e Danza for violin and piano

Ernst Linko
Nocturne for cello and piano

Madoka Sato, violin
Taneli Turunen, cello
Folke Gräsbeck, piano

Saturday 22 July 2017
1 pm at the Sibelius statue: Welcome Ceremony

Welcome from Petri Kirkkomäki, director of Sibelius i Korpo

Jean Sibelius
Drömmarna, JS 64

Florakören and Brahe Djäknar conducted by Ulf Långbacka

Saturday 22 July 2017
6 pm at Korpo Kommunalgård: ‘Ögonblickets tusen årstider’

Jean Sibelius
The Village Church, Op. 103 No. 1, for piano
Morceau romantique sur un motif de M. Jakob de Julin, JS 135b, for piano

Bernhard Henrik Crusell
Vikingabalk (1826) for tenor and piano

Fredrik Pacius
Soldatgossen for tenor and piano

Karl Collan
Gamle Hurtig (1857) for tenor and piano
På Roines strand (1862) for tenor and piano

Jean Sibelius
Kullervos Wehruf from Op. 7 for tenor and piano
Jägargossen, Op. 13 No. 7, for tenor and piano
Illalle, Op. 17 No. 6 (first version) for tenor and piano
Illalle, Op. 17 No. 6 (final version) for soprano and piano
Men min fågel märks dock icke, Op. 36 No. 2, for soprano and piano
Säf, säf, susa, Op. 36 No. 4, for soprano and piano

Ilkka Kuusisto
Kiurun portaat, suite for soprano and piano

Oskar Merikanto
Soipa kieli, Op. 62 No. 1, for soprano, tenor and piano
Oi, kiitos sa Luojani armollinen, Op. 62 No. 2, for soprano, tenor and piano

Bulgarian folk song, arr. Johanna Almark
Bulgarisk skärgårdsvals, for women’s choir

Martin Segerstråle
En stilla Undran, for women’s choir

arr. Hanna Kronqvist
Det brinner en eld, for women’s choir

Ilkka Aaltonen
Lasinkuultava laulu, for male voice choir

arr. John Rosas
Morgonvisa ‘Morgonen ljusnar’, for male voice choir

Fredrik Pacius
Suomis sång, for male voice choir

Evert Taube
Så skimrande var aldrig havet, for mixed choir

Jean Sibelius
Drömmarna, JS 64

Wilhelm Stenhammar
Vårnatt, Op. 30 No. 2, for mixed choir and piano

Ulf Långbacka
Ögonblickets tusen årstider,
cantata for soprano, baritone, mixed choir and piano
(world première, commissioned by the Sibelius i Korpo festival)

Turku University Students’ Choir
Florakören and Brahe Djäknar conducted by Ulf Långbacka
Mari Palo, soprano

Herman Wallén, tenor
Folke Gräsbeck, piano

Sunday 23 July 2017
2 pm at Korpo gård: ‘Sibelius and Adolf Paul’

Lecture by Prof. Fabian Dahlström

Sunday 23 July 2017
4 pm at Korpo gård: ‘Finland 100 – Jäger March 100’

Jean Sibelius
Piano Trio in A minor, ‘Hafträsk, JS 207 (first movement: world premère of definitive version)

Erkki Melartin
Kuutamo, Op. 99 No. 1, for soprano and piano
Sydänmaan lammella, Op. 20 No. 3, for soprano and piano
Vallarelåt, Op. 42 No. 1, for soprano and piano
I natt skall jag dö, Op. 117 No. 1, for soprano and piano

Jean Sibelius
Cantique, Op. 77 No. 1, for cello and piano
Vårförnimmelser, Op. 86 No. 1, for soprano and piano
Dold förening, Op. 86 No. 3, for soprano and piano
Och finns det en tanke, Op. 86 No. 4, for soprano and piano
Three Humoresques (Op. 87 No. 2; Op. 89 No. 1; Op. 89 No. 3), for violin and piano
Aquileja, Op. 85 No. 4, for piano
March of the Finnish Jäger Battalion, Op. 91a, for piano
I systrar, I bröder, I älskande par, Op. 86 No. 6, for tenor and piano
Morgonen, Op. 90 No. 3, for tenor and piano
Norden, Op. 90 No. 1, for tenor and piano
Fågelfängaren, Op. 90 No. 4, for tenor and piano
Vem styrde hit din väg? Op. 90 No. 6, for tenor and piano
Finlandia, Op. 26, for piano with tenor

Mari Palo, soprano
Herman Wallén, tenor
Madoka Sato, violin

Taneli Turunen, cello
Folke Gräsbeck, piano





Fly Sibelius

Photo: © James Turnbull

The airline Norwegian has added Jean Sibelius to its ‘tail fin heroes’ – major cultural figures who lend their identities to the airline’s planes – to quote Norwegian, ‘personalities who have pushed the boundaries, challenged the established and inspired others’.

The figures selected come from the worlds of art, architecture, literature, music, entertainment, philosopy, science and sport, or have been pioneers in other walks of life.

Sibelius joins figures such as the poet J.L. Runeberg and the writer and activist Minna Canth to represent Finland in the airline’s ‘hall of fame’.

Sibelius himself never flew in an aeroplane, but an interest in flight manifested itself in his lifelong love for migrating birds (The Swan of Tuonela, finale of the Fifth Symphony, etc.)

Norwegian flies to Helsinki from a wide range of destinations including London Gatwick, Amsterdam, Paris, Prague, Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Click here to visit Norwegian’s website
Click here to visit the ‘Tail Fin Heroes’ page








Magazine – July 2017

Sibelius One’s July 2017 magazine is now being delivered to subscribers. Highlights of this issue include:

  • My name is Sibelius, Jean Sibelius  David Revilla Velasco
  • Aspects of Leopold Stokowski in Philadelphia  John Davis
  • ‘Now I’m off to the Kämp again’: Celebrating 130 years of Sibelius’s favourite watering hole  Andrew Barnett
  • Reputation and Art: Sibelius during the Great War Period  Guy Rickards 
  • Northern Exposure: The Symphonies of Sibelius (Part One)  Leon Chia

To subscribe to the magazine, make sure you select the ‘printed copies’ option when joining Sibelius One (just £5 for two issues).

If you would like to add the magazine to your existing subscription, or to purchase individual copies of this issue or back issues (£5 each plus postage – also available to non-members) please contact

Click here for a list of articles in all issues of the magazine to date.





JSW Critical Edition – Music for String Orchestra

Page 1 of the Scherzo from Op. 4, from the Sibelius collection of the National Library of Finland (HUL 0552)

The next release in the JSW Critical Edition is now imminent, and includes all the works by Sibelius for string orchestra. JSW is published by the National Library of Finland, the Sibelius Society of Finland and the publishing house Breitkopf & Härtel (Wiesbaden).

Jean Sibelius wrote eight works for string orchestra over a wide time span stretching from the early 1890s until 1939. Many of these are either arrangements of earlier compositions or were composed in conjunction with a piano version. In addition to strings, additional instruments are used in some pieces (timpani, triangle, flutes, harp).

This new volume contains three first publications: two versions of the Impromptus and the early version of Rakastava. During the editing process, some previously unknown source materials have  come to light. These include the score and parts from Andante festivo’s first performance (1939) in the YLE archive as well as another contemporary score with parts in the archive of Ylioppilaskunnan Soittajat. These new sources have significantly expanded the understanding of this work.

Edited by Pekka Helasvuo and Tuija Wicklund

1. Scherzo (Presto – from Op. 4)
2. Impromptu, Op. 5 No. 5
3. Impromptu, Op. 5 Nos 5–6 (early version)
4. Impromptu, Op. 5 Nos 5–6 (revised version)
5. Rakastava, Op. 14 (early version)
6. Rakastava, Op. 14 (revised version)
7. Romance in C, Op. 42
8. Suite mignonne, Op. 98a
9. Suite champêtre, Op. 98b
10. Suite caractéristique, Op. 100
11. Andante festivo, JS 34b

Click here for more information or to order: Breitkopf & Härtel SON 629
ISMN: 979-0-004-80343-1
National Library of Finland web link: click here





The Forests of Aulanko

The Arensky Chamber Orchestra presents ‘The Forests of Aulanko’ – a classical concert with a twist, featuring Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5.

The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, London WC2H 9HQ   |   8.00pm   |   24 June 2017

Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela
Alex Woolf: Aulanko Responses
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Arensky Chamber Orchestra – William Kunhardt, artistic director/principal conductor

Aulanko follows the orchestra’s 2016 sell-out performance of Sibelius’s Seventh Symphony ‘in miniature’, a concert the Guardian said ‘made you feel like you were at the centre of an arctic gale with frost on your chin!’  It also features Sibelius’s Swan of Tuonela as well as a world première – Aulanko Responses, by 2012 BBC Young Composer of the Year, Alex Woolf. Aulanko Responses weaves music and poetry readings together, painting the forests landscapes of Sibelius’s homeland in sound.

The experience will include food and drink inspired by the Symphony and a ‘live programme note’ filled with stories about Sibelius and his masterpiece, delivered by the musicians from the stage. The event will be set in the Hospital Club’s penthouse cabaret salon, The Oak Room, giving the public one-night-only access to this exclusive members club.

The Arensky Chamber Orchestra is Britain’s orchestra of revolutionaries. Extraordinary classical musicians dedicated to electrifying performance and mind-opening presentation.

Exclusive ticket offer: £12, including a surprise cocktail
Discount tickets available here
*** Please note these are strictly limited and first come, first served. If these tickets are sold out, full price tickets are available here ***
More information: click here.
Further performances:
28 June at 7.30 pm – The Birley Centre, Eastbourne – click here for more info and tickets
6 July at 8 pm – Building 41, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London SE18 6ST (part of the Greenwich and Docklands Festival) – click here for more info and tickets









Sibelius Festival Golfo del Tigullio e Riviera – autumn 2017

The final schedule has been announced for the third Sibelius Festival Golfo del Tigullio e Riviera, Italy, taking place in September/October 2017. The Festival comprises an ambitious programme of lectures and concerts organized under the artistic direction of  composer Federico Ermirio.

Friday 22 September, 5pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / Sala ‘Spazio Aperto’
Sibelius e il Golfo del Tigullio: Soggiorno e ispirazione (in Italian)
Federico Ermirio, composer & artistic director

Friday 29 September, 9pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / Villa Durazzo
Inauguration Concert: Grieg, Sibelius, Ermirio, Rautavaara
Folke Gräsbeck, piano (artist in residence)

Saturday, September 30th 9pm
Sori / Oratorio di Sant’Erasmo
Soprano Recital: Grieg, Sibelius, Catalani, Puccini
Daria Masiero, soprano / Gisella Dapueto, piano

Sunday 1 October, 3.30pm
Recco / San Giovanni Battista Church
Grieg, Sibelius, Holst, De Haan, Elgar, Tchaikovsky
Filarmonica ‘Gioacchino Rossini’ wind orchestra

Friday 6 October, 5pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / Sala ‘Spazio Aperto’
Luci, colori e suoni (in Italian)
Simon Falvo, editor

Friday 6 October, 9pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / Villa Durazzo
Piano Quintets: Ermirio, Berg, Sibelius
New Helsinki Quartet; Folke Gräsbeck, piano

Saturday 7 October, 9pm
Zoagli /San Martino Church
String Quartets [1]: Berg, Kokkonen, Sibelius
New Helsinki Quartet

Sunday 8 October, 9pm
Recco / Oratorio di San Martino
String Quartets [2]: Sibelius, Webern, Kaipainen, Beethoven
New Helsinki Quartet

Friday 13 October, 5pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / Sala ‘Spazio Aperto’
Il cinema finlandese prima di Kaurismäki (in Italian)
Hilla Okkonen (Finnish Embassy, Rome)

Friday 13 October, 9pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / Villa Durazzo
Piano Recital: Prokofiev, Nielsen, Sibelius
Andrea Carcano, piano

Saturday 14 October, 5pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / Sala Consiliare del Comune
Sotto la stella polare: cento anni di indipendenza (in Italian)
Ferruccio Tammaro, critic
Hilla Okkonen (Finnish Embassy, Rome)
with the participation of Janne Taalas, Finnish Ambassador in Rome

Saturday 14 October, 9pm
Santa Margherita Ligure / San Siro Church
Symphonic Concert: Barber, Sibelius
Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio ‘Giacomo Puccini’ di La Spezia
Giovanni Di Stefano, conductor

Sunday 15 October, 6pm
Bogliasco / Sala ‘Piero Bozzo’
Viola Recital: Sibelius, Bax, Brahms
Kate Hamilton, viola
Andrea Carcano, piano

Click here to visit the Festival’s website.







Complete BIS Sibelius Box in Japan

A limited-edition complete boxed set of the BIS Sibelius Edition has been issued by King International in Japan.

The set includes all 69 original CDs plus a bonus disc of items that have come to light since the thirteenth and final volume of the Edition was issued in 2011 (these newer recordings are available internationally on BIS-2065 and BIS-2132).

The discs are accompanied by a large book (over 400 pages) including track listings, notes, artist biographies and song texts with Japanese translations.

The set can be ordered online – click here for the order page (in Japanese).