Episode #10

December 26, 1926: The Premiere of Tapiola

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

This tone poem by Sibelius was his last major work before thirty years of silence, during which the world waited for an eighth symphony that never came.  Sibelius in his time was seen as a nationalist along the lines of Grieg, but we now hear his music as radical and astonishingly prescient.

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Izabela Grocholski from NYC

Prescient indeed--a quality of most late or last works. Thank you for this fascinating tour of Sibelius and for focusing on this strange and beautiful composition.

Aug. 09 2011 11:21 PM

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