Evening Masterwork: Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony

Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957)

Symphony No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius

Evening Masterwork for February 5, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

There is a moment in the first movement of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony that is akin to a sunrise, and the composer described it better than anyone else: “… God opens His door for a moment and His orchestra plays the Fifth Symphony.” This was not Sibelius bragging about his symphony – he was simply acknowledging how lucky he was to compose music inspired by the world around him. And, indeed, in his final years of productivity Sibelius was searching for a profound connection between nature and music. Hear it tonight at 7: our Evening Masterwork on Classical WSMR.