Because the personal history of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) is intertwined with the history of the independence of his native Finland, he was soon seen as just a "national composer". While he certainly was that, he was also much more. Sibelius was able to fashion a language that was sufficiently far removed from Germanic tradition and the influences of Debussy, employing modality without descending into the folkloric, knowing how to distance himself from tonality without falling into gratuitous experimentation, and embracing the universal whilst shying away from provincialism and cosmopolitanism. His seven Symphonies, his symphonic poems, his much celebrated Concerto for Violin, like Finlandia or Tapiola became part of the classical repertoire of the 20th century, making Sibelius one of the most fascinating and most unsettling post-romantics next to Mahler. A Pantheist and a humanist, Sibelius’s body of work is an enigmatic musical journey, which Jean-Luc Caron guides us through by highlighting the great stages of his life.