Music News & Info: Classical

Happy Birthday, Jean Sibelius

On this date in 1865, Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer and nationalist, was born.

  • In his honor, below is a brief excerpt of his Second Symphony played by the Gothenburg Symphony, conducted by their Music Director, Gustavo Dudamel.
  • If you want to hear the whole thing, here’s also a live recording of the whole Second Symphony conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Vienna Philharmonic (you have to put up with the static picture of some random Japanese animation character, but the music is great).

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