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
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.'
'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.'
'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.
|Sir Colin Davis
|Men of the London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
|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