Jean Sibelius

Biography

Born: Dec 8, 1865; Finland   Died: Sep 20, 1957; Finland   Period: 20th Century
Finland's Jean Sibelius is perhaps the most important composer associated with nationalism in music and one of the most influential in the development of the symphony and symphonic poem. Sibelius was born in southern Finland, the second of three children. His physician father left the family bankrupt, owing to his financial extravagance, a trait that, along with heavy drinking, he would pass on to Jean. Jean showed talent on the violin and at age Read more nine composed his first work for it, Rain Drops. In 1885 Sibelius entered the University of Helsinki to study law, but after only a year found himself drawn back to music. He took up composition studies with Martin Wegelius and violin with Mitrofan Wasiliev, then Hermann Csillag. During this time he also became a close friend of Busoni. Though Sibelius auditioned for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, he would come to realize he was not suited to a career as a violinist.
In 1889 Sibelius traveled to Berlin to study counterpoint with Albert Becker, where he also was exposed to new music, particularly that of Richard Strauss. In Vienna he studied with Karl Goldmark and then Robert Fuchs, the latter said to be his most effective teacher. Now Sibelius began pondering the composition of the Kullervo Symphony, based on the Kalevala legends. Sibelius returned to Finland, taught music, and in June 1892, married Aino Järnefelt, daughter of General Alexander Järnefelt, head of one of the most influential families in Finland. The premiere of Kullervo in April 1893 created a veritable sensation, Sibelius thereafter being looked upon as the foremost Finnish composer. The Lemminkäinen suite, begun in 1895 and premiered on April 13, 1896, has come to be regarded as the most important music by Sibelius up to that time.
In 1897 the Finnish Senate voted to pay Sibelius a short-term pension, which some years later became a lifetime conferral. The honor was in lieu of his loss of an important professorship in composition at the music school, the position going to Robert Kajanus. The year 1899 saw the premiere of Sibelius' First Symphony, which was a tremendous success, to be sure, but not quite of the magnitude of that of Finlandia (1899; rev. 1900).
In the next decade Sibelius would become an international figure in the concert world. Kajanus introduced several of the composer's works abroad; Sibelius himself was invited to Heidelberg and Berlin to conduct his music. In March 1901, the Second Symphony was received as a statement of independence for Finland, although Sibelius always discouraged attaching programmatic ideas to his music. His only concerto, for violin, came in 1903. The next year Sibelius built a villa outside of Helsinki, named "Ainola" after his wife, where he would live for his remaining 53 years. After a 1908 operation to remove a throat tumor, Sibelius was implored to abstain from alcohol and tobacco, a sanction he followed until 1915. It is generally believed that the darkening of mood in his music during these years owes something to the health crisis.
Sibelius made frequent trips to England, having visited first in 1905 at the urging of Granville Bantock. In 1914 he traveled to Norfolk, CT, where he conducted his newest work The Oceanides. Sibelius spent the war years in Finland working on his Fifth Symphony. Sibelius traveled to England for the last time in 1921. Three years later he completed his Seventh Symphony, and his last work was the incidental music for The Tempest (1925). For his last 30 years Sibelius lived a mostly quiet life, working only on revisions and being generally regarded as the greatest living composer of symphonies. In 1955 his 90th birthday was widely celebrated throughout the world with many performances of his music. Sibelius died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1957. Read less
Sibelius: Symphonies... / Bernstein, New York
Release Date: 07/24/2015   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 502614   Number of Discs: 7
On sale!
CD: $36.99
In Stock
On sale!   $39.98   CD:  $36.99 Add CD to Cart

Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast… / Segerstam
Release Date: 07/10/2015   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573300   Number of Discs: 1
On sale!
CD: $11.99
In Stock
On sale!     CD:  $11.99 Add CD to Cart

Sibelius: The Essential Orchestral Favourites With Photo Album
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Ondine  
Catalog: 12652   Number of Discs: 2
On sale!
CD: $15.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!     CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Sibelius: Tone Poems / Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra
Release Date: 01/25/2005   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 24119   Number of Discs: 2
On sale! $18.99
CD: $14.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $18.99   CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Sibelius: Violin Concerto / Pike, Davis, Bergen
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5134   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $19.99
SuperAudio CD: $15.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $19.99   SuperAudio CD:  $15.99 Add to Cart

MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Work: Karelia Suite, Op. 11

Browse 26-50 of 56 Available Recordings
1 2 3
  • 26.
    Grieg: Holberg Suite;  Sibelius: Karelia / Marriner, Asmf
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412727 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Backorder
    MP3 Available
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 27.
    Best Karajan 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15206 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Bernard Walton,  Dennis Brain,  Lothar Koch,  Maurice André  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 28.
    Sibelius: Symphony No 1 / Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 38122 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
    Recommendation
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Backorder
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 29.
    Sibelius: Piano Transcriptions / Henri Sigfridsson
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98261 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Henri Sigfridsson
    Recommendation
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 30.
    The Essential Sibelius
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1697 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Laura Vikman,  Silva Koskela,  Tiila Kangas,  Ulla Lampela  ... 
    Conductor:  Jorma Panula,  Astrid Riska,  Osmo Vänskä,  Robert Sund  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempera String Quartet,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Jubilate Choir  ... 
    Recommendation
    CD: $87.49
    Low Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $87.49 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $149.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 31.
    The Legend Of Jean Sibelius - Finlandia, Etc / Vänskä
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1557 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Traditional
    Performer:  Raimo Laukka,  Leonidas Kavakos
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
    Recommendation
    CD: $34.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $34.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 32.
    Trio - Sibelius: Tone Poems / Neeme Järvi, Göteborgs So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000459702 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Soile Isokoski,  Björn Bohlin,  Urban Claesson
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
    CD: $23.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $23.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 33.
    Five Nordic Masters  - Svendsen, Stenhammar, Nielsen, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1496/8 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Eduard Tubin,  Jean Sibelius,  Carl Nielsen,  Wilhelm Stenhammar  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
    Recommendation
    CD: $65.99
    Low Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $65.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $49.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 34.
    Original Masters - Hans Rosbaud
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000303102 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $29.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 35.
    Sibelius: Orchestral Favourites With Photo Album
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1037 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam,  Jukka-Pekka Saraste,  Jean Sibelius,  Tuomas Ollila
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
    Recommendation
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 36.
    Sibelius: The Symphonies, Etc / Vladimir Ashkenazy, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000121902 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström,  Boris Belkin
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
    On sale! $39.98
    CD: $34.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $39.98   CD:  $34.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $29.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 37.
    Sibelius: Symphonies, Violin Concerto, Etc / Maazel, Rachlin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 87882 Release Date: 11/19/2002   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Julian Rachlin
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
    On sale!
    CD: $47.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $49.98   CD:  $47.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 38.
    Sibelius: Symphony No 5, Karelia Suite / Gibson, Lso
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468488 Release Date: 07/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Franz Liszt,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Backorder
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 39.
    Sibelius Panorama / Karajan, Berlin Philarmonic, Kamu, Helsinki Radio Symphony
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469202 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Christian Ferras
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Okko Kamu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Helsinki Radio Symphony
    Recommendation
    On sale! $27.99
    CD: $13.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $27.99   CD:  $13.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $11.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 40.
    The Sibelius Edition / Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67299 Release Date: 05/09/2000   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
    CD: $53.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $53.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 41.
    Sibelius: Finlandia, Karelia Suite, Etc / Sakari, Iceland So
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554265 Release Date: 09/28/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Petri Sakari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
    CD: $12.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $12.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 42.
    Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Tapiola, Etc / Davis, London So
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68770 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
    CD: $8.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 43.
    Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Etc / Osmo Vänskä, Lahti So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 918 Release Date: 02/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Anna-Lisa Jakobson,  Raimo Laukka
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
    CD: $21.49
    Low Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $21.49 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 44.
    Sibelius: Karelia, Kuolema (Complete) / Vänskä, Lahti So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 915 Release Date: 01/25/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Kirsi Tiihonen,  Raimo Laukka,  Pertti Kuusi,  Heikki Laitinen  ... 
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
    CD: $21.49
    Low Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $21.49 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 45.
    Sibelius: Symphonies No 1, 2 & 4, Etc / Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 455402 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $11.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 46.
    Sibelius: Finlandia, Etc / Ashkenazy, Stein, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 452576 Release Date: 08/26/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström
    Conductor:  Horst Stein,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $11.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 47.
    Classic Sibelius / Tuomas Ollila, Tampere Philharmonic
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 871 Release Date: 08/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Tuomas Ollila
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 48.
    Sibelius: Violin Concerto, Etc / Kuusisto, Segerstam
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 878 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Päivi Korhonen,  Pekka Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 49.
    Sibelius: Finlandia, Luonnotar, Etc / Järvi, Gothenburg
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447760 Release Date: 03/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Soile Isokoski
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Opera Orchestra
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 50.
    Sibelius: Finlandia, Karelia Suite, Etc / Rosbaud, Berlin Po
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447453 Release Date: 01/02/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    Recommendation
    Backorder
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

1 2 3

Jean Sibelius


WORKS
Three Preludes: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Andante con moto e poco rubato
Allegro ben ritmato e diciso
1. Intermezzo (Moderato)
2. Ballade (Tempo di menuetto)
3. Alla marcia (Moderato)
1. Allegretto - Poco allegro - Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo al allegro
2. Tempo andante, ma rubato - Andante sostenuto
3. Vivacissimo - Lento e suave - Largamente
4. Finale (Allegro moderato)
I. Andante ma non troppo: Allegro energico
II. Andante (ma non troppo lento)
III. Scherzo (Allegro)
IV. Finale (Quasi una fantasia)
Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E flat, Op.82 - 1. Tempo molto moderato - Largamente - Allegro moderato
Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E flat, Op.82 - 2. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E flat, Op.82 - 3. Allegro molto
Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 1. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 2. Allegro molto vivace
Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 3. Il tempo largo
Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63 - 4. Allegro
Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Adagio -
Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Vivacissimo - Adagio -
Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Allegro molto moderato - Allegro moderato -
Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Vivace - Presto - Adagio - Largamente molto -
Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105 - Affettuoso
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
III. Moderato - Allegro (Ma non tanto)
Sibelius: Symphony No.6 In D Minor, Op.104 - 1. Allegro molto moderato
Sibelius: Symphony No.6 In D Minor, Op.104 - 2. Allegretto moderato
Sibelius: Symphony No.6 In D Minor, Op.104 - 3. Poco vivace
Sibelius: Symphony No.6 In D Minor, Op.104 - 4. Allegro molto