Symphony No. 3
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