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Jean Sibelius

October 5, 2011

Sibelius' Sixth from Minnesota

When he was in his late 50s, Finnish composer Jean Sibelius' creative well was running dry. If only Sibelius himself could have dried out, he might have written more. An alcohol-fueled depression seemed to be at the root of the problem. In today's show a fellow Finn, conductor Osmo Vanska, leads the Minnesota Orchestra in Sibelius' final major work, his Symphony Number 6.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Robert Schumann
    Romanze from Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, conductor
  • Bedrich Smetana
    Aus der Heimat (From My Native Land)
    Ida Levin, violin, Anton Nel, piano
    Seattle Chamber Music Society, Seattle
  • Peter Tchaikovsky and Guy Braunstein
    Fantasy on Lensky's Aria
    Emmanuel Pahud, flute, the German Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Sondergaard, conductor
    Die Glocke, Bremen, Germany
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Elizabeth Bird from Bozeman, Montana
  • Johannes Brahms
    Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a
    The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Bernard Haitink, conductor
    Lucerne Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland

hour 2

  • Edvard Grieg
    Homeward Journey and In the Hall of the Mountain King, from Peer Gynt
    The Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska, conductor
  • Georg Philipp Telemann
    Sonata for Flute and Oboe
    Jennifer Grim, flute, Melvin Kaplan, oboe
    Beaches Fine Arts Series, Jacksonville Beach, Florida
  • Jean Sibelius
    Symphony No. 6 in D Minor, Op. 104
    The Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska, conductor
    Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
  • Franz Schubert
    Adagio and Rondo Concertante in F, D. 487
    Arnaud Sussmann, violin, Misha Amory, viola, Edward Arron, cello, Jeewon Park, piano
    Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton, New York
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