Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Happy 150th Jean Sibelius!

Who? you may be asking. Though I do hope not. Him...


And him...


And this man, too:


Ok, he might've been an irascible, alcoholic, womaniser but he was Finnish and there can't be much else to do but drink during those long winters. That, and compose, of course. So let's raise a glass (I'm sure that's not inappropriate) and say Finnish for cheers, and sit back and listen. Here's the amazing end of his fifth symphony. If you've heard it before you'll love this performance. If you're new to it, you're in for a treat. It is quite long, though - ff. to 22'33" to hear the rousing, life-affirming, all-embracing climax.

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