Jean Sibelius, 1865-1957, by Christopher Nupen (I)

First Part – The Early Years

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Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
Vladimir Ashkenazy — Conductor
Elisabeth Söderström — Soprano
Boris Belkin — Violinist
Finnish Radio Orchestra

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This is an intimate account, using film and Sibelius's music and words, of a great artist's struggle with his medium, with the world and with himself. The films set out also to try and free Sibelius's reputation from some of the unnecessary encrustations of history by looking at the composer's own declared intentions, so poetically expressed, which are earning the increasing attention and respect of composers today.

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Production date: 1984
Duration: 52 min
Production: © Allegro Films