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  1. Blog
    Here's my thoughts on the Sibelius SQ recordings I've listened to this week. Again, there was little between the recommended recordings and the top recommendations and this is merely a personal perspective and I'm sure others will feel differently. Recommended Tempera New Helsinki Jean Sibelius...
  2. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    Put these composers in order from 1-5, 1 being your favourite, 5 your least. Here they are in alphabetical order: Brahms, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky. I'm interested to see peoples opinion of these composers compared to one another. This may have been done before or something...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    Sibelius 2, Vanska-Lahti-BIS-SKAYNAN Remaster Hi guys. My last stream on Twitch was dedicated to remaster that fabled recording of the work, reducing the huge dynamic range to something more suitable to non-audiophile crowd. Please give a listen and I'll be very happy to hear criticism (or...
  4. Classical Music Discussion
    Vote for your favorite orchestral works (other than symphonies) composed by Jean Sibelius. As the Valse Triste is the shortest and probably the most famous orchestral work composed by Sibelius, I have deliberately omitted it due to constraints on the number of choices.
  5. Classical Music Discussion
    Let's discuss outstanding recordings of each individual Sibelius symphony. What are your favorites? For me: Symphony No.2 Bernstein/NY Symphony No. 4 Ashkenazy/Philharmonia Symphony No. 5 Salonen/Philharmonia Bernstein/NY
  6. Composer Guestbooks
    Toivo Timoteus Kuula (7 July 1883, Vaasa - 18 May 1918, Viipuri) was a Finnish composer and conductor of the late-Romantic and early-modern periods, who emerged in the wake of Jean Sibelius, under whom he studied privately from 1906 to 1908. Recommended listening: South Ostrobothnian Suite No...
  7. Classical Music Discussion
    I grew up with a recording of Sibelius 2 with Bernstein and the NY Phil. I have imprinted on this recording. I love it but I also know it is an idiosyncratic rendition so it makes it somewhat difficult for me to be objective in evaluating other recordings of this work. Anyhoo, what are your...
  8. Classical Music Discussion
    Another blind comparison for the Sibelians (and non-Sibelians) out there. Feel free to join in. Some background first (from Wiki) "The Oceanides (Finnish title: Aallottaret, translated to English as 'Nymphs of the Waves' or 'Spirits of the Waves', is a single-movement tone poem for orchestra...
  9. Classical Music Discussion
    I was a psychiatric nurse for about six months in 2012. I learned so much about mental illness and behavior during that time through my communication with those patients. I saw Bipolar patients in their manic phase stay up for days at a time with virtually no sleep, endlessly moving and talking...
  10. Music Theory
    hey guys, so since i got blisters on the back of my heels pretty badly my dads letting me drop out of football but says im gonna have to focus harder at piano or else there will be "hell to pay" im really hitting a snag with explaining how one of the pieces im starting on is composed and hes...
  11. Music Theory
    Wasn't really sure where to stick this thread, so I put it here... I just wanted to ask a question about the music software 'Sibelius'. (I know there are Sibelius specific sites I could sign up to, but I was just wondering if any of you would be able to quickly help me out). I am making a big...
  12. Classical Music Discussion
    Wasn't really sure where to stick this thread, so I put it here... I just wanted to ask a question about the music software 'Sibelius'. (I know there are Sibelius specific sites I could sign up to, but I was just wondering if any of you would be able to quickly help me out). I am making a big...
  13. Classical Music Discussion
    Those Symphony Games on this site look fun, and I have enjoyed seeing the results. The Shostakovich one in particular is proving useful as I make my way through his massive and often challenging repertoire. Three composers who - as far as I can see - haven't been subject of Symphony Games, and...
  14. Classical Music Discussion
    A thread looking at particular questions concerning composers active in the first 3rd or even half of the 20th century. I'm interested in those who managed to either cling to an idiom little removed from late romanticism(in the harmonic sense, anyway), or who found a comfortable spot just...
  15. Classical Music Discussion
    I asked a question in a thread about Sibelius which applies more generally. It was prompted by an interview with Sir Simon Rattle and raises the question about the extent to which conductors' interpretations can ever be plain wrong. Here's the post and the link to the interview (thanks Becca)...
  16. Classical Music Discussion
    What are some of your favorites Sibelius movements ? ( not neccesary in a Symphony )
  17. Orchestral Music
    1915 version 1919 version Both Neither Which is your favorite version of Sibelius?
  18. Orchestral Music
    A continuation of the Saturday Symphonies Tradition: Welcome to another weekend of symphonic listening! For your listening pleasure this weekend: Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957) Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52 1. Allegro moderato 2. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto 3. Moderato - Allegro...
  19. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    I would think Jean Sibelius was Finland's greatest composer. Wikipaedia credits him with the following opening paragraph, "Jean Sibelius ... was a Finnish violinist and composer of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. Widely recognized as his country's national composer, Sibelius is...
  20. Classical Music Discussion
    So it is the 150th anniversary of Sibelius' birth. Many people (in particular Morton Feldman) said that Sibelius is ahead of his time, in e.g. the musical form and his symphonic idiom as supposed to Mahler. I don't think I really understand these discourses, and so could someone elaborate what...
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