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Sibelius: Kullervo – LSO Live

Sibelius: Kullervo

  • Catalogue Number LSO0574
    UPC 822231157427

    James Mallinson producer
    Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineer

    Recorded September and November 2005, Barbican, London

    DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch

  • BBC Music Magazine’s Best Choral Recording 2007

    Classical Brit Awards Recording of the Year Nomination

    'For 30 years Sibelius has been the most consistent thread in Davis' artistic personality. That sort of experience pays dividends in Kullervo. Full-blooded playing from the LSO and strong contributions from its Chorus and the two soloists, Peter Mattei and Monica Groop, make for stupendous listening.'
    Financial Times

    'The finest Sibelius interpreter of our time.'
    New York Times

    'The London Symphony Chorus and soloists Peter Mattei and Monica Groop are as magnificent as the orchestra.'
    Sunday Times

    'Simply thrilling, a performance that goes straight to the top of recommended recordings.'

    'If any performance is needed to convince anyone of the early mastery of Sibelius, it is this one.'
    International Record Review


Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra

Best Choral Recording BBC Music Magazine Awards 2007

Although he withdraw it a year after its successful premiere, Sibelius's early Kullervo symphony is laced with the atmosphere and creativeness that would characterise his later works, coupled with a tragic tale from Finnish folklore.

Kullervo recounts the story of its eponymous hero. After a lonely childhood, Kullervo grows up to become a determined warrior. He seduces a girl only to discover she is his long-lost sister and in remorse throws himself on his sword. Despite the tragedy, the work evokes the beauty of the Finnish countryside is an orchestral tour-de-force, offering stunning cameos for its soloists and chorus.

Composer   Sibelius
Conductor   Sir Colin Davis
Performers   Men of the London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
Soloists   Peter Mattei, Monica Groop

Track list
1. Kullervo: I. Introduction
2. Kullervo: II. Kullervo's Youth
3. Kullervo: III. Kullervo And His Sister
4. Kullervo: IV. Kullervo Goes To Battle
5. Kullervo: V. Kullervo's Death

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