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Hannu Lintu’s Sibelius cycle on DVD and Blu-ray


On the occasion of Jean Sibelius’s 150th birthday a new five-disc DVD edition from Arthaus Musik offers live recordings of the composer’s seven symphonies by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Hannu Lintu. The recordings were made in the Helsinki Music Centre. Each symphony is preceded by a documentary and an introduction, giving a new and modern perspective to the composer and his symphonies.

As a special feature the set includes eight ‘fictional short documentaries’ with both acted drama and animation tricks, giving a different perspective on Jean Sibelius. The focus is not on the music, but on the person. The commentator is the composer Kaija Saariaho. Other interviewees are experts from various fields of life; a doctor, a couples therapist, a wine connoisseur and a wilderness guide to name a few.

There are also introductions to each symphony. These documentary sections, hosted and narrated by Hannu Lintu, can also been seen in an hour-long separate programme. Also included is a detailed book about Sibelius’s life and work.

Catalogue number: Arthaus Musik 101796.
The set is also available on Blu-ray: 101797.
Orders can be placed at Arthaus Musik’s website: click here.

Source: Arthaus Musik

Hannu Lintu becomes Visiting Professor at the Sibelius Academy


Hannu Lintu (photo: © Kaapo Kamu)

Hannu Lintu, chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed visiting professor at the Sibelius Academy, reports Helsingin Sanomat. He will be responsible for developing the existing collaboration between the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra through conductors’ and orchestral players’ training. He will also be a visiting teacher on the conductors’ class and will mentor students.

Hannu Lintu became chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2013, prior to which he held the positions of artistic director and chief conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied cello, piano and then conducting with Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy, participated in masterclasses with Myung-Whun Chung at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and took first prize at the Nordic Con­ducting Competition in Bergen in 1994. A wide-ranging discography has received international acclaim, as well as nominations to both the Grammy and the Gramo­phone Awards.