Sunday, February 15, 2015

'No Sibelius plays itself'

During this year’s sesquicentennial of Jean Sibelius’ birth, there will be a lot of discussions about the composer and his often elusive music.

Few talks will be more intelligent or insightful than the Finnish musicologist Vesa Sirén’s conversation with Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. (Rattle and the orchestra have just concluded concert cycles of Sibelius’ seven symphonies and Violin Concerto, staged in Berlin and London.)

The interview is posted on the website of the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat:énVesa+Sir%C3%A9n+keskustelevat+tunnin+Sibeliuksesta/v1422851745584