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."