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Prom 58: Sibelius - Kullervo

Saturday 29 August 2015 - 7:30 PM

Johanna Rusanen © Heikki Tuuli

Approximate end time: 9:40pm

Presented by:

Sibelius
En saga 20'

interval

Kullervo 75'

Johanna Rusanen-Kartano soprano
Waltteri Torikka baritone

Polytech Choir
BBC Symphony Chorus (men’s voices)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo
conductor

Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo pairs two of Sibelius's most engagingly descriptive works as we continue our 150th-anniversary celebrations of the composer.  The folk hero Kullervo was the inspiration behind a powerful national statement for a country struggling to overthrow Russian rule.

This massive musical hybrid – part cantata, part symphony, part suite – is a vivid work, richly melodic but looking ahead to modernism in some striking musical gestures.

En saga is a fairy tale without a plot, whose contrasting movements suggest many possible stories, but never commit to just one.

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