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Finlandia

If there is one piece of music associated with Finland it is certainly Sibelius’ Finlandia. It was premièred in 1899 and has ever since been a symbol of Finnish independence and national identity. And the tunes! Finlandia reflects an elemental force and joy of freedom that we all can share.

In order to avoid Russian censorship, Finlandia had to be performed under alternative names at various musical concerts. Titles under which the piece masqueraded were numerous—famous examples include Happy Feelings at the awakening of Finnish Spring, and A Scandinavian Choral March.

Most of the piece is taken up with rousing and turbulent music, evoking the national struggle of the Finnish people. Towards the end, a calm comes over the orchestra, and the serenely melodic Finlandia Hymn is heard. Often incorrectly cited as a traditional folk melody, the Hymn section is of Sibelius’s own creation.

Programme

Sibelius Finlandia

Participants

Gothenburg Symphony
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor

Recorded for GSOplay 15 February 2019

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