Symphony No.5 in E flat major Opus 82
Jean Sibelius


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Sibelius's gorgeous symphony climbs four places

Sibelius came to premiere his Symphony No. 5 on his birthday in 1915. He enjoyed near godlike status in his home country, his Symphony No. 5 was a direct response to not entirely favourable reviews of his Symphony No. 4. He even revised the later work saying, 'I wished to give my symphony another more human form. More down-to-earth, more vivid.'