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BBC Philharmonic

Sibelius  Symphony No. 4
Sibelius  Symphony No. 2

John Storgårds  Conductor

Jean Sibelius was a man of extremes, in fact some would say that his darkest symphony is also his greatest. The Fourth Symphony stares into the bleakest corners of the human soul and finds a surprising strength. The Second could hardly be more different. From playful beginning to triumphant finish, there’s never been a more inspiring musical portrait of a nation awakening to freedom than Sibelius’ most popular symphony.

The symphonies of Jean Sibelius are landmarks of 20th Century music. Rooted in the pride, nature and folklore of his native Finland, Sibelius wrestled personal demons and the turmoil of the twentieth century to forge seven masterpieces that redefined the symphony. With their soaring melodies, passionate emotions and majestic scale, they are as fresh, as powerful and as stirring as the Northern landscape itself. Nearly one hundred years later, they continue to inspire. Join the BBC Philharmonic as our Finnish Principal Guest Conductor John Storgårds takes us on his nation’s greatest musical journey. This symphony cycle will also be recorded for Chandos Records.