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Oslo Philharmonic - Jean Sibelius's Symphony no 1


Classical Hour: Sibelius' First Symphony

Jean Sibelius' (1865–1957) had laid a solid foundation for the work when he began his first symphony in 1898. He had studied Finnish folk music thoroughly, became well acquainted with contemporary musical currents through studies in Helsinki, Berlin and Vienna, and found his own symphonic language by writing orchestral works.

Symphony No. 1 begins with a subdued and melancholy clarinet solo, only accompanied by the timpani. (Nino Rota's famous main theme for the Godfather movies is based on this tune.) The mood changes abruptly as the strings come in, and the listener experiences many mood changes and rich musical landscapes before the symphony ends as melancholy as it began.

Conductor Klaus Mäkelä

  • Last Updated: 09/22/2020
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Wed, October 14, 2020 7:00 PM

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Oslo Philharmonic - Jean Sibelius's Symphony no 1
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