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Matrix 8 - Sibelius: Kullervo / Berglund, Helsinki Phil


Release Date: 05/11/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 65080   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jorma HynninenEeva-Liisa Saarinen
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian State Academic Male ChorusHelsinki Philharmonic OrchestraYL Male Voice Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Great lyrical intensity, with every point made freshly and from the heart.

This is the second of Paavo Berglund's two recordings of Kullervo, the symphonic poem-cum-symphony with which Sibelius made his breakthrough in Finland in 1892. It originally appeared on two full-price discs with the finale placed on the second together with Oma maa (''Our native Land'') and Tulen synty (''The Origin of Fire''), both valuable additions to the Sibelius discography. When comparing the present performance with Berglund's pioneering 1971 account, I noted ''a much greater lyrical intensity in the shaping of phrases and altogether greater fantasy in the treatment of detail... almost every point is better made in this new account which
Read more is fresher and comes more from the heart than its predecessor''. At that time I marginally preferred the greater warmth of the 1971 analogue recording but there is no mistaking the clarity and presence of this excellent Matrix issue. The level is the same as on the old two-disc version and definition sounds to me as good or even better. This present issue is recommendable on all counts, both artistically and in terms of sound.

-- Robert Layton, Gramophone [7/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1. Kullervo, Op. 7 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Jorma Hynninen (Baritone), Eeva-Liisa Saarinen (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian State Academic Male Chorus,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,  YL Male Voice Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Finland 
Date of Recording: 06/1985 
Venue:  Culture Hall, Helsinki 
Length: 71 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 

Featured Sound Samples

III. Kullervo and His Sister
IV. Kullervo Goes to Battle

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