It has been announced that the Sibelius Estate has granted rare permission for 2 performances of the original version of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ 5th Symphony, later this month by Australia’s Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Originally composed in 1915, Sibelius made a wide array of additions and omissions to the epic work before re-premiering the version most commonly heard today in 1919.
It is understood the original scoring has been performed just 3 times in history – once at its ill-fated premiere in 1915, once in a live recording in Helsinki in the 1970s and once in Japan in the 1990s.
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RUMON GAMBA | ORIGINAL SIBELIUS SYMPHONY NO. 5 | INTERVIEW
The work will be conducted by British conductor Rumon Gumba, on June 19th and 21st – at the QPAC Concert Hall, in Brisbane.
In 1991, the Sibelius Estate permitted 1 live performance and 1 recording of the original scoring to Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D Minor – played by the then 24 year old Leonidas Kavakos and conducted by Maestro Osmo Vänskä.