Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43

This list discusses the Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43 by Finland-Swedish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Referred to by the composer as "a confession of the soul," the work was composed between 1901 and 1902 and premiered on March 8, 1902, with Sibelius at the podium. The symphony begins with what could easily be the soundtrack for a dewy Finnish morning in the mountains, then moves through movements of conflict and sadness, and resolves so triumphantly in the last movement that it's been debated whether the entirety of the work is political in nature. Annexed by Russia after the Finnish War, Finland (then known as the Grand Duchy of Finland) went through a long period of Russification, a time when use of the Finnish language and elements of Finnish culture were severely oppressed. Sibelius never admitted that the work was a political critique, but so moved were the attendees at the three sold-out concerts for the Symphony's premiere that they coined the work the "Symphony of Independence." Listening to the work, it's not difficult to follow their thinking.
I. Allegretto - Poco allegro - Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo al allegroSymphony No. 2
10:19
II. Tempo andante, ma rubato - Andante sostenutoSymphony No. 2
14:18
III. Vivacissimo - Lento e suave - LargamenteSymphony No. 2
06:05
IV. Finale (Allegro moderato)Symphony No. 2
14:02
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 43 (1998 Digital Remaster): I. AllegrettoSymphony No. 2
10:04
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 43 (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Tempo andante, ma rubatoSymphony No. 2
14:29
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 43 (1998 Digital Remaster): III. VivacissimoSymphony No. 2
06:08
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 43 (1998 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Allegro moderato)Symphony No. 2
15:27
I. AllegrettoSymphony No. 2
09:17
II. Tempo Andante, ma rubatoSymphony No. 2
12:49
III. Vivacissimo; IV. FinaleSymphony No. 2
18:52
I. AllegrettoSymphony No. 2
09:48
II. Andante, ma rubatoSymphony No. 2
14:36
III. VivacissimoSymphony No. 2
06:25
IV. Allegretto moderatoSymphony No. 2
13:46
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