Symphony guide: Sibelius’s Sixth

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From the archives: Was Sibelius's symphony of 'pure cold water' intended as a corrective to a musical world of modernist angst? Tom Service looks at the Finnish composer's self-effacing, but hugely influential, work.

Sibelius on his Sixth Symphony: "Whereas most other modern composers are engaged in manufacturing cocktails of every hue and description, I offer the public pure cold water". Benjamin Britten on the same piece: "He must have been drunk when he wrote it."

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