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Jean Sibelius grew to maturity at a time of fervent Finnish nationalism, as the country broke away from its earlier Swedish and later Russian overlords. Brought up in a Swedish-speaking family, Sibelius acquired a knowledge of the Finnish language and traditional literature at school and the early Finnish sagas proved a strong influence on his subsequent work as a composer.

Listen to the fine compositions of Sibelius, such as symphonic poems which were mostly inspired by ancient Finnish legends. These include En Saga, the Lemminkinen Suite, of which The Swan of Tuonela and Lemminkinen's Return form a part, Pohjola's Daughter and Tapiola. Also featured here are his symphonies, Violin Concerto and the well-known Karelia Suite, derived from incidental music for a pageant.

The excellent Naxos survey of Sibelius symphonies continues with a coupling of one of his most assertive and popular - the Fifth - with the lean austere Fourth.
The Daily Telegraph on SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 8.554377

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8.557266 SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto / SINDING: Violin Concerto No. 1
8.554266 SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2 / 'The Tempest', Suite No. 1
8.554387 SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 / 'The Tempest', Suite No. 2
8.554265 SIBELIUS: Finlandia / Karelia Suite / Lemminkainen Suite
8.554102 SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3
8.554377 SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5
8.555299 SIBELIUS: Tapiola / En Saga / Oceanides / Pohjola's Daughter
8.553756 SIBELIUS: Kullervo, Op. 7
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8.553899 SIBELIUS: Piano Music, Vol. 1
8.554814 SIBELIUS: Piano Music, Vol. 3
8.555853 SIBELIUS: Piano Music, Vol. 5
8.554808 SIBELIUS: Piano Music, Vol. 2
8.555363 SIBELIUS: Piano Music, Vol. 4
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8.570019 SIBELIUS: Songs, Vol. 1
8.570020 SIBELIUS: Songs, Vol. 2
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