"born Hämeenlinna (Tavastehus), 8 December 1865; died Järvenpää, 20 September 1957).

He studied in Helsinki from 1886 with Wegelius, also gaining stimulus there from Busoni, though at the same time he fostered ambitions as a violinist. In 1889 he went to Berlin to continue his composition studies with Becker, then after a year to Vienna under Goldmark and Fuchs. He retumed to Helsinki in 1891 and immediately made a mark with his choral symphony Kullervo, though it took him another decade to establish a wholly consistent style and to emerge from the powerful influence of Tchaikovsky: important stages on the journey were marked by the Karelia suite, the set of four tone poems on the legendary hero Lemminkäinen (including The Swan of Tuonela), the grandiose Finlandia and the first two symphonies."


Symphony 1, e Minor, Op. 39
Symphony 2, D Major, Op. 43
Symphony 3, C Major, Op. 52
Symphony 4, a Minor, Op. 63
Symphony 5, E-flat Major, Op. 82
Symphony 6, d Minor, Op. 104
Symphony 7, C Major, Op. 105

En Saga, op 9: http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item....ode=BIS-CD-295