Sibelius - Kullervo Op.7
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Cat No: ODE11225
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 26th May 2008
ArtistsSoile Isokoski (soprano)
Tommi Hakala (baritone)
YL Male Voice Choir
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
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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