Watch Sibelius' Symphony No. 1 with Klaus Mäkelä

In October 2020, the Oslo Philharmonic recorded Jean Sibelius' first symphony in Oslo Concert Hall. The video from the concert is now available on Youtube. Watch it here!

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Klaus Mäkelä and the Oslo Philharmonic in action in October 2020.

Photo: Rune Bendiksen

Jean Sibelius' music has been central to the Oslo Philharmonic from the very beginning. At the orchestra's second concert in September 1919, they performed his Second Symphony with their Finnish chief conductor Georg Schnéevoigt, who was a close friend of the composer.

One and a half years later, at the turn of the month March/April 1921, Jean Sibelius himself was in Oslo to conduct the orchestra in his own music. The concerts were big events that drew full houses and a royal audience.

When Klaus Mäkelä conducted the Oslo Philharmonic for the first time in May 2018, Sibelius' Seventh Symphony and Finlandia were on the program. In Mäkelä's first season as chief conductor (2020/21), the plan was to play all of Sibelius' symphonies in concert.

That plan has been disrupted by the pandemic, but the concert on October 16 went as planned. The recording of Symphony No. 1 is now available on Youtube.

You can watch the video here:

Video: Symphony No. 1 / Jean Sibelius / Klaus Mäkelä / Oslo Philharmonic

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Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 1 with the Oslo Philharmonic and chief conductor Klaus Mäkelä.

From Oslo Philharmonic's Youtube channel.