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Sibelius: Kullervo / Spano, Hellekant, Gunn, et al

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Kullervo, Op. 7
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Kullervo is a five-movement narrative symphony composed by Jean Sibelius at the age of 25. The work is based on a story from the Kalevala, the mythic history of the ancient Finns. From the moment of its 1892 premiere in Helsinki - conducted by the young Sibelius himself - Kullervo became a symbol of Finnish nationalism, and the composer became a national hero. Sibelius's music for this dark tale abounds with the rhythms and meters of Finnish folk music, which captures the poetry's brooding sense of the ever-present spectre of tragedy. Intent on making this composition - his first large-scale orchestral work - "thoroughly Finnish in spirit," Sibelius traveled to the coastal town of Porvoo to hear Larin Paraske, the famed female folksinger, perform Finnish laments and runes in order to internalize the rugged, archaic style.


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>Sibelius, Jean : Kullervo, Op. 7
  • Performers: Charlotte Hellekant (Mezzo Soprano); Nathan Gunn (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Robert Spano
  • Ensemble: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA (05/27/2006-05/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 71 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1892