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Symphony No. 3

The third symphony was begun in 1904, shortly after Sibelius moved from the city of Helsinki to the rural idyll of Järvenpää, where he would live for the rest of his life – for over 50 years.

The music is light and sunny in character, but the symphony required extensive and intensive work, and it could not be played until September 1907 with the composer as conductor in Helsinki. These years constitute a very creative period when several large works saw the light of day and when Sibelius also began to be appreciated abroad. The symphony welcomes with open arms and true joy but is sometimes so reserved, natural and pleasant that it merges with one’s experience… until the final warm sunlight dazzles us in its rhythmic and captivating dance.

Recorded for GSOplay 9 September 2021


Sibelius Symphony No. 3


Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor

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