Why is Sibelius’s piano music so neglected?

Leif Ove Andsnes champions the composer's keyboard music.

I am fascinated by famous composers who have areas of music that are unknown, not only to the general audience but even to musicians and people in our field. This is especially the case with piano music, and no wonder! After all, there is so much piano music and there are so many pianist-composers who have written for the piano. On top of which, the popularity of the instrument is such that non-pianist composers have written for the piano too. I think the piano works by these non-pianist composers, like Sibelius and Dvořák, are the most easily neglected. Dvořák wrote some beautiful piano music that nobody hears. But with Sibelius I’ve been thinking for years that I really.....

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