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Sibelius: Kullervo

Soile Isokoski, Tommi Hakala, YL Male Voice Choir, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam

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Kullervo, Op. 7  
1.1
I. Introduction: Allegro moderato
Jean Sibelius; Soile Isokoski; Tommi Hakala; YL Male Voice Choir; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
14:16
1.2
II. Kullervo's Youth: Grave
Jean Sibelius; Soile Isokoski; Tommi Hakala; YL Male Voice Choir; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
16:33
1.3
III. Kullervo and his Sister: Allegro vivace
Jean Sibelius; Soile Isokoski; Tommi Hakala; YL Male Voice Choir; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
24:39
1.4
IV. Kullervo Goes to War: Alla marcia (Allegro molto) - Vivace - Presto
Jean Sibelius; Soile Isokoski; Tommi Hakala; YL Male Voice Choir; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
9:47
1.5
V. Kullervo's Death: Andante
Jean Sibelius; Soile Isokoski; Tommi Hakala; YL Male Voice Choir; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Leif Segerstam
12:41
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    77:56
"Opera and Vocal Disc of the Month ... this version has to be a candidate for the best yet." - Classic FM "Disc of the Month ... the best solo singing the work has ever received. In particular, Soile Isokoski is simply miles away from the matronly mezzos who often take the part of Kullervo's sister." - ClassicsToday.com On this final release in their Sibelius cycle, The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and longstanding chief conductor Leif Segerstam present Sibelius's early choral symphony Kullervo, based on the legend of Kullervo in the epic Kalevala, the mythic history of the ancient Finns. The success of this work turned out to be the breakthrough of the great Finnish composer's career who became a true national hero. The sung parts in the third and fifth movement are performed by native speakers: famous Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski, acclaimed baritone Tommi Hakala and the internationally reputed YL Male Voice Choir. Recorded in DXD, this album provides an ecstatic sound experience of this haunting music.
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Recorded at the Finlandia Hall, 12/2007 Engineer: Enno Mäemets Producer: Seppo Siirala Publisher: Breitkopf & Härtel Cover painting: Akseli Gallén-Kallela: Kullervon sotaanlähtö (Kullervo Goes to War), 1901, Ateneum (Photo: © Central Art Archives of Finnish National Gallery / Antti Kuivalainen) Artist photos: Heikki Tuuli (Isokoski & Hakala), Maarit Kytöharju (Segerstam), Juliana Harkki (YL & Matti Hyökki) Cover and inlay design: Antti Metsäranta Booklet Editor: Mikko Hannuksela Executive Producer: Reijo Kiilunen

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