Leonard Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded at Vienna's Musikvereinssaal. Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) is Finland's most important symphonic composer. Influenced by German and Russian Romanticism and stamped as a nationalistic composer, he wrote many orchestral works, including seven symphonies, which show a distinct leaning towards subjectively colored "mood music" and atmospheric expressiveness. The symphonies give away their secrets only reluctantly. Their vast scope recalls the openness of the Finnish countryside. Conceived in one sole movement, the Symphony No. 7 is a triumphant display of "organic-thematic growth," with melodies and rhythms blending into one another, giving birth to new elements and branching out to develop in passages reminiscent of symphonic movements. Sibelius's last symphony was given its first performance in Stockholm on 24 March 1924 and was first heard in Finland in 1927.