Catalogue Number LSO0574
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
Best Choral Recording
BBC Music Magazine Awards 2007
Recording of the Year Award nomination
2007 Classical Brit Awards
Choice of the Month - Choral and Song
BBC Music Magazine
Artistic Quality 10, Sound Quality 10
'Simply thrilling, a performance that goes straight to the top of recommended recordings. The men of the LSO Chorus are outstanding, as are the two soloists, Peter Mattei and Monica Groop. In short, this is a great performance by any standard, and it's also extremely well recorded ... As for the work itself, each hearing only makes Sibelius's ban on performances during his lifetime ever more incomprehensible. When treated with such compelling force and urgency, it's impossible to deny Kullervo its rightful place as a major, even great piece. Fantastic!' ClassicsToday.com
'If any performance is needed to convince anyone of the early mastery of Sibelius, it is this one ... it cannot be emphasized too strongly that the undeniable frisson that comes from a really fine live performance is infinitely preferable to a studio account ... this is a great performance. I have no doubt that the LSO at present is the greatest orchestra in the world ... this is great conducting. As a consequence, mezzo Monica Groop, baritone Peter Mattei and the LSC are equally inspired. Finally the recording quality is first class ... you are unlikely to hear a more thrilling and convincing account of it than this.' International Record Review
'For 30 years Sibelius has been the most consistent thread in Davis's 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.'
'A gripping new account conducted by Colin Davis, the finest Sibelius interpreter of our time ... The haunting and incisive performance Sir Colin elicits from the orchestra, chorus and two fine soloists here makes Kullervo seem an audacious and original achievement ... Sir Colin's exciting recording should help bring this ambitious score deserved attention.' New York Times
'This recording verifies ... Davis's hallmark technical polishand careful balancing. The London Symphony Chorus and the soloists, Peter Mattei and Monica Groop, are as magnificent as the orchestra.'
'LSO Live, the orchestra's pioneering in-house label, combines the immediacy of a live performance with the technical precision of a studio recording ... It's a winning combination. This recording of Kullervo is worth purchasing for any number of reasons. The clarity of the recording allows one to hear so many details ... you can almost sense [the violinists] sitting on the edge of their seats, ripping the notes off their instruments ... it's an extraordinary recording.' MusicOMH.com
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.
|Conductor||Sir Colin Davis|
|Performers||Men of the London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra|
|Soloists||Peter Mattei, Monica Groop|
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