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Sallinen: The King Goes Forth in France / Kamu, et al

> Kuningas lahtee Ranskaan (The King Goes Forth to France), Op. 53 - Act III: Prelude
> Kuningas lahtee Ranskaan (The King Goes Forth to France), Op. 53 - Act III Scene 9: Hyvissa ajoin ennen talven tuloa saavuttiin Calais'n edustalle, ja se saarrettiin (Froissart, English Archer, King)
> Kuningas lahtee Ranskaan (The King Goes Forth to France), Op. 53 - Act III Scene 10: Jos sinulla olisi pitka tukka, pitka, pitka tukka (The Caroline with the Thick Mane, English Archer)
> Kuningas lahtee Ranskaan (The King Goes Forth to France), Op. 53 - Act III Scene 11: Herasin, vahtimasta uneni portteja (King, The Nice Caroline, English Archer, The Anne who Ships, The Anne who Steals, The Caroline with the Thick Mane)
> Kuningas lahtee Ranskaan (The King Goes Forth to France), Op. 53 - Act III Scene 12: Minun isani kuli viime yona (Young Prime Minister, King, Chorus, Guide)
> Kuningas lahtee Ranskaan (The King Goes Forth to France), Op. 53 - Act III Scene 13: Anne Varas, se harakka, onko se vienyt minun kampani? (The Anne who Strips, The Nice Caroline, The Anne who Steals, The Caroline with the Thick Mane, English Archer, Guide … )
> Kuningas lahtee Ranskaan (The King Goes Forth to France), Op. 53 - Act II Scene 6: Englannin ja Ranskan yhdisti nyt hirvittava jainen silta (Froissart, Prime Minister, King, Guide, Genoese Crossbowmen)
> Kuningas lahtee Ranskaan (The King Goes Forth to France), Op. 53 - Act II Scene 7: Joko alkoi, kerro kuningas (Prime Minister, King, Froissart, The Nice Caroline, The Caroline with the Thick Mane, Female Chorus)
> Kuningas lahtee Ranskaan (The King Goes Forth to France), Op. 53 - Act II Scene 8: Tieta Boomin kuninkaalle, kuolleelle (Guide, Genoese Crossbowmen, King, Prime Minister, English Archer)

Album Summary

>Sallinen, Aulis : The King Goes Forth to France, opera in 3 acts ("Kuningas lahtee Ranskaan "), Op. 53
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Sallinen is a colorful composer, working within tonal boundaries and using the orchestra for masterly flavoring and description. It can bite like Shostakovich when it has to, but the vocal lines are more accented and lyrical--not unlike Janacek with a hint of Britten. There's snappy use of percussion--wood blocks, snare drum, etc.--to remind us of the awkwardness of the characters and their military pretensions, and the bass clarinet, at once sinister and funny-sounding in this context, pops out of the orchestral fiber often. When The Caroline with the Thick Mane (the others are called The Nice Caroline, The Anne Who Strips, and The Anne who Steals), who is crazy, imagines her wedding day, bells in the background, slightly off, tell us what's happening. Brass fanfares are frequent enough to mean nothing; again, the irony. Action is swift; the opera clocks in at just a little more than two hours. To single out individual performances would be to defeat the opera, which works like a well-oiled, surreal machine; there are no weak links. Of course Tommi Hakala's King and Jyrki Korhonen's Prime Minister are standouts by the sheer amount of music they have to sing and the straight faces they must present, but the four women are equally fine. Okko Kamu leads the Helsinki Philharmonic with clarity and a serious smile. Sallinen's tangy music and apparently sly wit make this a fascinating show, and following the work with the libretto reaps many rewards. A vibrant, unique work." -Classics Today (10/10)



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>Sallinen, Aulis : The King Goes Forth to France, opera in 3 acts ("Kuningas lähtee Ranskaan "), Op. 53
  • Performers: Mari Palo (Soprano); Niklas Spängberg; Tuomas Tuloisela; Herman Wallén; Tommi Hakala (Baritone); Jussi Myllys; Jyrki Anttila; Kirsi Thum; Janne Sundqvist (Bass); Riikka Rantanen (Mezzo Soprano); Jyrki Korhonen (Bass); Tuomas Katajala (Tenor); Arttu Kataja (Bass); Mari Malo; Lilli Paasikivi (Mezzo Soprano); Santeri Kinnunen
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Ensemble: Finnish Philharmonic Choir
  • Running Time: 125 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983