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The Classics - Sibelius: Kullervo / Järvi, Stene, Mattei


Release Date: 07/17/2007 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 91363   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Randi StenePeter Mattei
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic OrchestraEstonian National Male Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In parallel to the release of a disc featuring Orchestre de Paris performing music of Bizet, Virgin Classics reissued this album of the tone poem Kullervo by Sibelius brilliantly conducted by Paavo Järvi. The work was led by the Estonian conductor at two season concerts of Orchestre de Paris at the Salle Pleyel. - EMI-France In parallel to the release of a disc featuring Orchestre de Paris performing music of Bizet, Virgin Classics reissued this album of the tone poem Kullervo by Sibelius brilliantly conducted by Paavo Järvi. The work was led by the Estonian conductor at two season concerts of Orchestre de Paris at the Salle Pleyel. - EMI-France Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Kullervo, Op. 7 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Randi Stene (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,  Estonian National Male Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Finland 
Language: Finnish 

Sound Samples

Kullervo - Symphonisches Gedicht, Op. 7, fur Soli, Chor und Orchester (Kalevala): I - Introduction - Allegro moderato
Kullervo - Symphonisches Gedicht, Op. 7, fur Soli, Chor und Orchester (Kalevala): II - Kullervo's ungdom (Kullervo's youth) - Grave
Kullervo - Symphonisches Gedicht, Op. 7, fur Soli, Chor und Orchester (Kalevala): III - Kullervo och hans syster (Kullervo and his sister) - Allegro vivace
Kullervo - Symphonisches Gedicht, Op. 7, fur Soli, Chor und Orchester (Kalevala): IV - Kullervo tagar ut till strid (Kullervo goes to War) - Alla marcia
Kullervo - Symphonisches Gedicht, Op. 7, fur Soli, Chor und Orchester (Kalevala): V - Kullervos dod (Kullervo's Death) - Andante

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Rare Sibelius July 30, 2013 By James D. S. (Villa Hills, KY) See All My Reviews "Kullervo is not one of Sibelius's better known works as say Finlandia . It seems to me to be a work more appreciated by a Sibelius devotee. Jarvi and orchestra are a good match and this is a fine rendition of this work. The chorus does a beautiful job and the soloists shine. If you are looking for a well played, well sung and well recorded version of Kullervo you won't be disappointed. The story line is rather grim as the main character seduces his own sister not realizing she is his sister and when she finds out he's her brother, she commits suicide. He's also on a quest to avenge his father's death! A lot of pathos here but well performed by all." Report Abuse
 A powerful work by the inimitable Sebelius June 22, 2013 By Stephen Schoeman (Westfield, NJ) See All My Reviews "Here is a musical composition which should be more known. It is Sibelius through and through. He traces the life of a soldier to the very end. The choral work is excellent as are the solo voice parts as is the orchestration. The moods, of course, vary with the situation faced by the soldier. Sibelius was a master at creating or referencing moods. The conclusion of the work is stunning! Dramatic and very powerful. It is extraordinary and mystifying that this great classical composer would retire from composing for the last thirty years of his life! During this time he only worked on revisions. Rossini retired from composing opera but went on to write other glorious music. Perhaps it was that Sibelius just ran out of ideas. That his creativity ran dry. We can only imagine what he would have or could have composed had he not retired! But this makes the listener all the more appreciate Sibelius and this mighty work! Stephen Schoeman, Ph. D." Report Abuse
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