Sibelius - Kullervo Op.7 | Ondine ODE11225

Sibelius - Kullervo Op.7

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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE11225

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 26th May 2008

Contents

Artists

Soile Isokoski (soprano)
Tommi Hakala (baritone)
YL Male Voice Choir
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Leif Segerstam

Works

Sibelius, Jean

Kullervo, op.7

Artists

Soile Isokoski (soprano)
Tommi Hakala (baritone)
YL Male Voice Choir
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Leif Segerstam

About

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra has a long and triumphant association with the music of Jean Sibelius, having premièred under the composer's baton almost all of his symphonic works. In this release, they perform, under their long-standing chief conductor Leif Segerstam, Sibelius' early choral symphony Kullervo.

The work is based on the legend of Kullervo in the epic Kalevala, which tells the mythic history of the ancient Finns. The huge success of the 1892 première in Helsinki, with Sibelius conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic, turned out to be the big breakthrough of the great Finnish composer's career - a true national hero.

The sung parts in the third and fifth movement are performed by native singers: the soprano Soile Isokoski whose Sibelius Orchestral Songs won both a BBC Music Magazine Disc of the Year Award and a MIDEM Classical Award in 2007 and former Cardiff Singer of the World, 2003, baritone Tommi Hakala.

The internationally reputed YL Male Voice Choir, which looks back on 125 years of history and many commissions of Sibelius's best-known choral works complete the line-up.

Recorded in DXD, this hybrid SACD provides for an ecstatic sound experience of this haunting music.

This release completes the acclaimed Sibelius Symphonies Cycle with Leif Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, hailed as "a major Sibelius event" by ClassicsToday.com and a best-seller in Ondine's catalogue.

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