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Jean Sibelius

March 15, 2012


There's a word in the Finnish language called "sisu." It's hard to translate, but it means a sort of grim determination, having the strength to face adversity head-on without giving up. People who know the Finnish culture say that one word, sisu, pretty much sums it all up. In today's show, music by a Finn with a whole lot of sisu, Jean Sibelius. We'll hear his dark, brooding tone poem Tapiola, about the mysterious forests in the far north of Finland.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Jean Sibelius
    Two movements from Suite Mignonne, Op. 98a
    Gerard Schaub and Kenneth Wihlborg flutes, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi, conductor
  • Ottorino Respighi
    Pines of the Appian Way, from the Pines of Rome
    The United States Army Field Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Sinfonias Nos. 1-5, BWV 787-791
    Angela Hewitt, piano
    Spring for Music, New York City
  • Maurice Ravel
    Tzigane, Concert Rhapsody for Violin and Piano
    Augustin Hadelich, violin, Jeewon Park, piano
    Benaroya Hall, Seattle
  • Jean Sibelius
    Tapiola, Op. 112
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

hour 2

  • Ernest Bloch
    Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra with Piano Obbligato
    Miles Graber, piano, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin and leader
    First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto, California
  • Josquin des Prez
    Lament on the Death of Jean Ockeghem
    Ensemble Clement Janequin, Dominique Visse, director
    Boston Early Music Festival, Boston
  • Georg Philipp Telemann
    Gulliver's Suite, for Two Violins
    Livia Sohn and Geoff Nuttall, violins
    Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina
  • William Bolcom
    Graceful Ghost
    Clara-Jumi Kang, violin, Yeol Eum Son, piano
    Great Mountains International Music Festival, Pyongchang, South Korea
  • Ernest Bloch
    Second movement from Symphony in E-flat
    The Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Andrey Boreyko, conductor
  • George Gershwin
    Bess, You is my Woman Now, from Porgy and Bess
    The New Century Chamber Orchestra, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin and leader
    Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, California
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