Tomas Djupsjöbacka. Photo: Antti Hannuniemi.
Sun 18.10.2020 11.30 am Sibelius Hall, Lahti
Sibelius Festival

Sibelius with period instruments

Visiting the Sibelius Festival


Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Tomas Djupsjöbacka, conductor
Antti Tikkanen, violin


After the wars the tone of the symphony orchestra took a leap towards the modern sound we know today. The natural and unrefined nuances evened, the strings of the string instruments changed to metal and the general sound got ready for the needs of the digital revolution, but Jean Sibelius never got to hear this new tone of music. During the final concert of the Sibelius festival, conductor Tomas Djupsjöbacka and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra bring the traditions originating from over a century ago back to life by using exactly the kind of instruments that the composer originally wrote his music for. At the Sibelius Hall with its globally famous and renowned acoustics, the historic instruments ignite at their finest.

The program has changed due to the travelling and quarantine restrictions. The concert consists among other things of the 1911 version of Rakastava (The Lover, Op. 14) and Cinq danses champêtres (Op. 106) which brings ambiances from rural dances.

The concert launches FiBO's project Sibelius and his contemporaries, in which the historic study of performance practices that revolutionised the performance of Baroque and Classic works, and above all, the use of period instruments, are now put in practice with the orchestral music by Sibelius. Thus we can expect a different harmony experience; more lucid and light than we are usually accustomed to. The Finnish Baroque Orchestra is conducted by Tomas Djupsjöbacka, the conductor behind the project Sibelius and contemporaries. 

Duration: 1 h (no intermission)

Tickets 20 € (adults and retired persons), 10 € (children, students and unemployed persons): Sibeliustalo, Lippupiste's points of purchase and