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Wonderful Finlandia [HD]

Beautiful images from 'Wildes Skandinawien' documentary, Episode 'Finnland' Music: Jean Sibelius - Finlandia http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/expedition...
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1849 Finland's National Anthem Almanac of Absurdities Flashback ...

1849 Finland's National Anthem Almanac of Absurdities Flashback ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland has enjoyed the presence of a number of splendid classical composers of unusual vision, Jean Sebelius for one, whose composition “Finlandia” is the most directly connected to Finland, but “Our Country” was ...
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It’s All About Sibelius at Bard Music Festival - The New York Times

It’s All About Sibelius at Bard Music Festival - The New York Times | Finland | Scoop.it
At a weekend devoted to this composer at the Bard Music Festival, his work began to seem less picturesquely melancholy and more nihilistic.
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Tribute to our brave Finnish soldiers. Happy Independence Day, Finland ♥

http://www.sotainvalidit.fi/ http://www.rautasormus.fi/ music by jean sibelius finlandia hymni
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Happy Independence Day Finland, my home. 

Finlandia Hymn by Sibelius is the song for the day.

"O, Finland, behold, your day is dawning, 
The threat of night has been banished away, 
And the lark of morning in the brightness sings, 
As though the very firmament would sing. 
The powers of the night are vanquished by the morning light, 
Your day is dawning, 
O land of birth. 
O, rise, Finland, raise up high Your head, 
wreathed with great memories. 
O, rise, Finland, you showed to the world 
That you drove away the slavery,
And that you did not bend under oppression, 
Your day has come, 
O land of birth."

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Rediscovering the spirit of Sibelius

Rediscovering the spirit of Sibelius | Finland | Scoop.it

His symphonies didn't just brilliantly capture the ghostliness of the Finnish landscape – they were also way ahead of their time. Tom Service meets six conductors discovering Sibelius anew

 

Sibelius's seven symphonies loom like dark, brooding enigmas over the entire orchestral repertoire. Nearly 90 years after the last was completed – the radical and still influential Seventh in 1924 – they still pose a challenge to orchestras and conductors keen to realise their brave new worlds of sound. There are things in Sibelius's symphonies that music had never done before, new kinds of sounds at the outer limits of orchestral possibility...

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New Perspectives on the Greatest Finnish Composer of All Time | SmashyEvent

New Perspectives on the Greatest Finnish Composer of All Time | SmashyEvent | Finland | Scoop.it

The Bard Music Festival is featuring composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) this year. Perhaps no twentieth-century composer has provoked a more varied reaction among the music-loving public than Jean Sibelius. Originally hailed as a new Beethoven by much of the Anglo-Saxon world, he was also widely disparaged by critics more receptive to newer trends in music.

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