Jean Sibelius Kullervo

1892 · Late-romantic · Symphony orchestra, EnsembleEnsembleSymphony orchestraChorusVocalizationsVocals, groupChorus

Kullervo, Op. 7, is a suite of symphonic movements by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Although often referred to as a "choral symphony," the work avoids traditional symphonic structure and its five movements constitute a set of related but independent tone poems. The third and fifth movements make use of a men's chorus. The third, authorized by the composer for performance as an independent work, also calls for two soloists, a baritone and a mezzo-soprano. Based on the character of Kullervo in the epic poem Kalevala and using texts from that poem, the work premiered to critical acclaim on 28 April 1892 with Emmy Achté and Abraham Ojanperä as soloists and the composer conducting the chorus and orchestra of the Helsinki Orchestra Society, which was founded in that year.

Albums

Symphonies No. 1-7; Kullervo; The Oceanides; Pohjola's Daughter (CD 5)
LSO Live
Kullervo
Telarc
Kullervo, Op. 7
LSO Live
Symphonies Nos. 1 - 7 and Kullervo, Op. 7 (CD 4)
LSO Live
Sibelius: Kullervo
Chandos
Sibelius - Kullervo
Warner Music
Sibelius: Kullervo
Warner Music

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