Karelia Suite
Jean Sibelius


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Sibelius has 6 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame, the same amount as Shostakovich and Rachmaninov, and this is his fourth. This has reached its highest position of number 54 in both 2009 and 2013.

Sibelius became passionate about the micro-nationalist importance of one particular area of Finland, said to be the home of the oldest and most respected aspects of Finnish culture. This area was the Karelia region. Much of Karelia lay in Russia, but the fact that part of it was in Finland's eastern tip (focused on Vyborg) was one of the reasons Sibelius accepted a commission to provide music for the students of Helsinki University, in Vyborg.