Symphony No.2 in D minor Opus 43
Jean Sibelius

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The third of 6 entries for Sibelius in the Ultimate Hall of Fame, this reached its highest position of number 47 in the first chart in 1996.

As a symphonic composer, Sibelius must be up there as one of the greenest; he was the biggest recycler in the business. Its three opening notes more or less appear to form the entire backbone of what was to become one of his most popular works. It was premiered in 1902, not long after Finlandia had its first outing and just before Sibelius's Violin Concerto made its debut.