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Playlist of Sibelius: Kullervo

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  • Sibelius: Kullervo - Jukka-Pekka Saraste & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    1:12:57

    14.09.2002
    Finlandia Hall - Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra - 75th Jubilee Concert
    Conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste

    Mezzo-soprano: Lilli Paasikivi
    Baritone: Jorma Hynninen

    The Polytech Choir

    Jean Sibelius: Kullervo

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  • Sibelius: Kullervo Symphony - Los Angeles Philharmonic / Esa Pekka Salonen*

    1:10:23

    Still the best recording of Sibelius' Kullervo. Though Berglund's world premiere recording has something special, it cannot match Paavo Järvi's recording in the many original details in the orchestration. But both are lacking power in the final movement. Vänska's first recording of Kullervo is the most powerful with also a typical Sibelian part 2. But his recording is somewhat uneven: Part 1 and 4 are disappointing . Salonen takes a brisk tempo but has the advantage of the great orchestra and his performance is straightforward with numerous fine touches and also a powerful finale. The choir and the soloists are also excellent. Each part of this symphonic Poem comes over very well, so this is still my favourite....

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  • Jean Sibelius, Kullervo, Symphony, op 7

    1:11:46

    Jean Sibelius, Kullervo, Symphony, op. 7

    1. Introduction (Allegro moderato)
    2. Kullervo’s Youth (Grave)
    3. Kullervo and his sister (Allegro vivace)
    4. Kullervo goes to War (Alla marcia)
    5. Kullervo’s Death (Andante)

    Eeva-Lilsa Saarinen, mezzo-soprano
    Jorma Hynninen, baritone
    State Academic Male Choir of the Estonian S.S.R
    Helsinki University Male Choir
    Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
    Paavo Berglund, conductor

  • Sibelius: Kullervo Symphony / Salonen Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    1:16:03

    Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    2000

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  • Kullervo, Op. 7: I. Introduction

    12:41

    Provided to YouTube by NAXOS of America

    Kullervo, Op. 7: I. Introduction · The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Sibelius: Kullervo, Op. 7

    ℗ 2019 Ondine

    Released on: 2019-10-04

    Conductor: Hannu Lintu
    Orchestra: The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Jean Sibelius - Kullervo, Op. 7

    12:49

    Kullervo, Op. 7 (1892)

    I. Introduction: Allegro moderato

    Kullervo is an early tone poem of symphonic proportions by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), scored for large orchestra, male choir, mezzo-soprano and baritone. The work deals with the tragic legend of Kullervo, setting portions of the text of the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland. According to the legend, Kullervo is the son of Kalervo and Untamala, the last surviving member of her clan. His uncle Untamo feuded with Kalervo and exterminated the entire clan, save for Untamala. As an infant, Kullervo is heard muttering threats of vengeance against Untamo, so his uncle tries to kill him. Kullervo only survives by virtue of his innate magical powers. Eventually, the young Kullervo is sold as a slave to the shepherd Ilmarinen. After years of servitude, one day Kullervo angrily casts a spell on Ilmarinen's cows, which turns them into bears that kill the shepherd's wife. Kullervo promptly flees the scene and embarks on a quest to find his family. He finds that some members of his tribe survived, but his sister disappeared and probably died. Kullervo then leaves on an errand for his tribe, and on the way he meets a beggar-girl, whom he ravishes. It turns out that this is his long-lost sister, and when they discover this, she commits suicide. Kullervo returns to his tribe with the bad news and decides to redeem himself by exacting revenge on the wicked Untamo. The sky-goddess Ukko supplies him with a magic sword, which he uses to kill Untamo and his entire clan. When he returns from this bloody endeavour, Kullervo finds his own family massacred as well. In anguish, he asks his magic sword to take his life. The sword answers affirmatively and Kullervo falls upon it, ending his own life.

    Mezzo-soprano: Lilli Paasikivi
    Baritone: Raimo Laukka
    Chorus-master: Matti Hyökki
    Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
    Sinfonia Lahti
    YL Male Voice Choir

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  • Kullervo, Op. 7: IV. Kullervo Goes to War

    9:27

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    Kullervo, Op. 7: IV. Kullervo Goes to War · The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Sibelius: Kullervo, Op. 7

    ℗ 2019 Ondine

    Released on: 2019-10-04

    Conductor: Hannu Lintu
    Orchestra: The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Kullervo Symphony-Symphonic Poem in E minor - Jean Sibelius

    1:11:58

    Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paavo Berglund

    I - Introduction. Allegro moderato: 0:00
    II - Kullervo's Youth: Grave: 12:44
    III - Kullervo and his Sister. Allegro vivace: 26:53
    IV - Kullervo Goes to War. Allegro molto alla marcia - Vivace - Presto: 52:03
    V - Kullervo's Death. Andante: 1:02:05

    Kullervo was composed in 1892. Although Sibelius thought in symphonic terms he did not call it Symphony but Symphonic Poem, due to its descriptive nature and the use of soloists and chorus. The composer himself withdrew it from the programs shortly after its premiere in April 1892, despite the success achieved, placing him as the great Finnish nationalist composer. The work was not reinterpreted until 1958.

    The first movement is purely orchestral. The first theme reminds us of Bruckner but his repetition has the typical style of Sibelius. The second thematic group is presented by the trumpet after a chord. This theme will be transformed during the development in a melody with Finnish folkloric aspect, characteristic of its author. The recapitulation ends with a fanfare of the metal based on the first theme that stops suddenly, continuing with motifs in the woods that are turning off.

    The work is based on the poems 31 to 36 of the Kalevala that tell the story of Kullervo. In this movement Sibelius describes him as a hero immersed in tragedy. The broad first theme shows us the hero's epic grandeur, followed by the most tragic second theme.

    The second movement is entitled The Youth of Kullervo and corresponds to the slow movement. The main theme is fullwith pessimism, perhaps sensing the fatal fate of Kullervo. Written in ballad form, it also contains reminiscences of runic themes. The atmosphere fills with mystery before appearing in the central part a contrasting and faster episode, played by the woods, but in the background continues the oppressive atmosphere that characterizes the life of the hero since his youth. In the final part we find a strongly romantic scene, interrupted by strong calls from the wind, before the initial theme with which the movement ends reappears.

    It tells the unhappy life of Kullervo, who is with his uncle responsible for the death of his father and who later sells him as a slave to the smith llmarinen.

    The third movement carries the title of Kullervo and his sister, introducing a male choir, a soprano and a baritone. The narrative corresponds to the poem, rune 35 of the Kalevala. Kullervo, no longer a slave, dresses like a powerful knight riding his sleigh. On his return he meets three girls whom he tries to seduce. The orchestra describes the arrogant Kullervo, traveling in his sleigh back to his house. The chorus of men tells the scene with a powerful chant in the form of ostinato. After the dialogues of the baritone and the soprano, the girls refuses to get on their sleigh. In the third encounter, Kullervo manages to corrupt the girl with the beauty of the dresses he shows him and the golden glitter that stuns her. The scene of seduction is described by the orchestra in an intense and realistic way.

    At the end of the love scene, both wonder about its origins, giving rise to the tragic scene of discovery. In a long monologue played by the soprano, they discover that they are brothers. The girl evokes her childhood, wishing she had died and finally in an act of despair she commits suicide. In the final part of the movement Kullervo sings a powerful lament, accompanied by strong chords of the orchestra, marking the tragedy.

    The fourth movement carries the title Kullervo goes to war. The music is impetuous, in rhythm of march. Kullervo goes to war to take revenge on his uncle Untamo. Written in the form of a rondo. Corresponds to poem 36 of the Kalevala. In the first theme Kullervo says goodbye to his family. Then he goes towards the fight. The wind and percussion periodically underline the scene. But we also find more relaxed moments. It ends with a strong explosion of the wind accompanied by percussion.

    The last movement carries the title Death of Kullervo. Using the male choir. The story is tragic as the music reflects. After having defeated his uncle, guilty of his tragedies, he returns to the place where he seduced the girl and where he dishonored his sister and can only free himself of his guilt by committing suicide with his sword. The movement is formed by a long crescendo. It begins with the entrance of the choir singing mysteriously in a psalmodic form. Music increases its momentum when men recount Kullervo's suicide. Appear themes remembering the youth of the hero. Finally the theme of the wind of the introduction appears solemnly, accompanying the last words of the choir in an almost Wagnerian way.

    Sources from this spanish website on Sibelius symphonism:

  • Sibelius:‘Kullervo’-sinfonia Op.7 Paavo Järvi NHK Symphony Orchestra

    1:17:38

    クレルヴォ交響曲 作品7(シベリウス作曲)
    パーヴォ・ヤルヴィ 指揮 NHK交響楽団
    ヨハンナ・ルネサン(ソプラノ)
    ヴィッレ・ルネサン(バリトン)
    エストニア国立男声合唱団(男声合唱)
    N響第1892回定期公演(2018/9/21)

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  • Jean Sibelius Kullervo - Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Lahti Symphony Orchestra

    5:11

    Lahti Symphony Orchestra's concerts are free at

    Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor
    Helena Juntunen, soprano
    Jorma Hynninen, baritone
    Lahti Male Choir and Otaniemen Kaiku Choir




  • Kullervo Symphony, Op. 7: I. Introduction

    12:44

    Provided to YouTube by Warner Classics

    Kullervo Symphony, Op. 7: I. Introduction · Paavo Berglund

    Sibelius: Symphonies & Tone Poems

    ℗ 1985 Warner Classics, a Warner Music UK Division

    Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor: Paavo Berglund
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Kullervo, Op. 7: V. Kullervos Death

    9:47

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    Kullervo, Op. 7: V. Kullervo's Death · London Symphony Orchestra · London Symphony Chorus · Sir Colin Davis

    Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1-7, Kullervo, Pohjola's Daughter, The Oceanides

    ℗ London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

    Released on: 2016-10-14

    Artist: London Symphony Chorus
    Artist: London Symphony Orchestra
    Artist: Sir Colin Davis

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  • Kullervo Symphony Op. 7 : I Introduction

    12:46

    Provided to YouTube by Fazer Records/Finlandia

    Kullervo Symphony Op. 7 : I Introduction · Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Sibelius : Karelia

    ℗ 1996 Finlandia Records

    Baritone Vocals: Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Mezzo-soprano Vocals: Monica Groop
    Choir: The Polytech Choir
    Lyricist: From Kalevala
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Kullervo Symphony, Op. 7: V. Kullervos Death

    9:49

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    Kullervo Symphony, Op. 7: V. Kullervo's Death · Paavo Berglund

    Sibelius: Symphonies & Tone Poems

    ℗ 1985 Warner Classics, a Warner Music UK Division

    Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
    Chorus: Helsinki University Male Choir
    Conductor: Paavo Berglund
    Chorus: State Academic Male Choir of the Estonian SSR
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • JEAN SIBELIUS Kullervo Opus 7

    11:51

    Jean Sibelius Kullervo Opus.7
    Sir Colin Davis (conductor)
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Barbican 1992
    BBC

  • Sibelius: Kullervo - Zweden/RFO

    1:15:11

    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Kullervo op.7
    Mezzo-soprano: Monica Groop
    Baritone: Tommi Hakala
    Jaap van Zweden
    Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
    Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 6 10/2007

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    Please take note that the recording is NOT mine. All rights belong to their respective owners.

  • Kullervo, Op. 7: III. Kullervo And His Sister

    23:23

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    Kullervo, Op. 7: III. Kullervo And His Sister · London Symphony Orchestra · Sir Colin Davis

    Sibelius: Kullervo

    ℗ London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

    Released on: 2006-02-07

    Artist: London Symphony Orchestra
    Artist: Sir Colin Davis

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  • Jean Sibelius Kullervo, Op. 7

    1:21:19

    Kullervo, Op. 7, suite sinfónica del compositor finlandés Jean Sibelius, se estrenó el 28 de abril de 1892​, bajo la batuta del compositor dirigiendo el coro y orquesta de la Orquesta de la Sociedad de Helsinki, que fue fundada ese mismo año.

    Kullervo, Op. 7
    1. Introduction (0:00)
    2. Kullervo's Youth (15:10)
    3. Kullervo and His Sister (30:12)
    4. Kullervo Goes to Battle (56:54)
    5. Kullervo's Death (1:07:04)

    Usko Viitanen, barítono.
    Heljä Angervo, mezzo-soprano.
    London Voices.
    BBC Symphony Orchestra.
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, director.

  • Sibelius: Kullervo Symphony, Op.7 - Kullervon valitus

    2:39

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Sibelius: Kullervo Symphony, Op.7 - Kullervon valitus · Tom Krause · Pentti Koskimies

    Sibelius: 25 Songs; Richard Strauss: 8 Lieder

    ℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

    Released on: 2007-01-01

    Producer, Recording Producer: Christopher Raeburn
    Studio Personnel, Balance Engineer: Gordon Parry
    Composer: Jean Sibelius
    Author: Anonymous

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  • Kullervo, Op. 7: V. Kullervos Death

    10:14

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    Kullervo, Op. 7: V. Kullervo's Death · Johanna Rusanen

    Sibelius: Kullervo, Op. 7

    ℗ 1997 Naxos

    Released on: 1997-03-07

    Artist: Johanna Rusanen
    Artist: Esa Ruuttunen
    Choir: Laulun Ystavat Male Choir
    Conductor: Jorma Panula
    Orchestra: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Kullervo, Op. 7: I. Introduction

    13:44

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    Kullervo, Op. 7: I. Introduction · Johanna Rusanen

    Sibelius: Kullervo, Op. 7

    ℗ 1997 Naxos

    Released on: 1997-03-07

    Artist: Johanna Rusanen
    Artist: Esa Ruuttunen
    Choir: Laulun Ystavat Male Choir
    Conductor: Jorma Panula
    Orchestra: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Kullervo, Op. 7: I. Introduction. Allegro moderato

    13:56

    Provided to YouTube by Warner Classics

    Kullervo, Op. 7: I. Introduction. Allegro moderato (Orchestra) · Helsinki University Male Choir/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Berglund

    Sibelius: Kullervo

    ℗ 1971 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2000 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

    Remastering Engineer: Andrew Walter
    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Producer: Brian Culverhouse
    Conductor: Paavo Berglund
    Tonmeister: Stuart Eltham
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Kullervo, Op. 7: I. Introduction

    14:21

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    Kullervo, Op. 7: I. Introduction · London Symphony Orchestra · Sir Colin Davis

    Sibelius: Kullervo

    ℗ London Symphony Orchestra Ltd

    Released on: 2006-02-07

    Artist: London Symphony Orchestra
    Artist: Sir Colin Davis

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  • Jean Sibelius - Kullervo, Op. 7

    12:22

    Kullervo, Op. 7 (1892)

    V. The Death of Kullervo: Andante

    Kullervo is an early tone poem of symphonic proportions by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), scored for large orchestra, male choir, mezzo-soprano and baritone. The work deals with the tragic legend of Kullervo, setting portions of the text of the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland. According to the legend, Kullervo is the son of Kalervo and Untamala, the last surviving member of her clan. His uncle Untamo feuded with Kalervo and exterminated the entire clan, save for Untamala. As an infant, Kullervo is heard muttering threats of vengeance against Untamo, so his uncle tries to kill him. Kullervo only survives by virtue of his innate magical powers. Eventually, the young Kullervo is sold as a slave to the shepherd Ilmarinen. After years of servitude, one day Kullervo angrily casts a spell on Ilmarinen's cows, which turns them into bears that kill the shepherd's wife. Kullervo promptly flees the scene and embarks on a quest to find his family. He finds that some members of his tribe survived, but his sister disappeared and probably died. Kullervo then leaves on an errand for his tribe, and on the way he meets a beggar-girl, whom he ravishes. It turns out that this is his long-lost sister, and when they discover this, she commits suicide. Kullervo returns to his tribe with the bad news and decides to redeem himself by exacting revenge on the wicked Untamo. The sky-goddess Ukko supplies him with a magic sword, which he uses to kill Untamo and his entire clan. When he returns from this bloody endeavour, Kullervo finds his own family massacred as well. In anguish, he asks his magic sword to take his life. The sword answers affirmatively and Kullervo falls upon it, ending his own life.

    Mezzo-soprano: Lilli Paasikivi
    Baritone: Raimo Laukka
    Chorus-master: Matti Hyökki
    Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
    Sinfonia Lahti
    YL Male Voice Choir

  • Jean Sibelius - Kullervo

    1:55

    Available from Hyperion Records (Downloads - mp3, ALAC, FLAC / CD)

    Get on iTunes


    Featured extracts:

    2 - Movement 2, Kullervo's youth: Kullervon nuoruus: Grave [14'25]
    4 - Movement 4, Kullervo goes to war: Kullervon sotaanlähtö: Alla marcia – Vivace – Presto [10'48]
    5 - Movement 5, Kullervo's death: Kullervon kuolema: Andante [11'46]


    Album contents:

    Kullervo Op 7 [73'14] with Lund Male Chorus
    1 - Movement 1, Introduction: Allegro moderato [13'07]
    2 - Movement 2, Kullervo's youth: Kullervon nuoruus: Grave [14'25]
    3 - Movement 3, Kullervo and his sister: Kullervo ja hänen sisarensa: Allegro vivace [23'08]
    with Benjamin Appl (baritone), Helena Juntunen (soprano)
    4 - Movement 4, Kullervo goes to war: Kullervon sotaanlähtö: Alla marcia – Vivace – Presto [10'48]
    5 - Movement 5, Kullervo's death: Kullervon kuolema: Andante [11'46]



    Recorded in May 2018
    City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland
    Produced by Andrew Keener
    Engineered by Simon Eadon


    Cover artwork: A knight rode on (from Among gnomes and trolls, 1915) by John Bauer (1882-1918)
    Private Collection / AKG-Images, London

    Photographer credits: Sony Classical & Uwe Arens, Thomas Grondahl

  • Sneak a peak on tonight´s concert, Sibelius´s Kullervo

    2:09

    Sneak a peak! Kullervo is one of Sibelius’s early masterpieces, a symphonic suite with a powerful quality.
    80 strong voices in the male choir Orphei Drängar and full orchestra. It´s going to be massive.
    Join in on or in the app at 17.55,
    #GSOkullervo

  • Kullervo Symphony, Op. 7: III. Kullervo & his Sister

    25:08

    Provided to YouTube by Warner Classics

    Kullervo Symphony, Op. 7: III. Kullervo & his Sister · Paavo Berglund · Eeva-Liisa Saarinen · Jorma Hynninen

    Sibelius: Symphonies & Tone Poems

    ℗ 1985 Warner Classics, a Warner Music UK Division

    Mezzo-soprano Vocals: Eeva-Liisa Saarinen
    Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
    Chorus: Helsinki University Male Choir
    Baritone Vocals: Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor: Paavo Berglund
    Chorus: State Academic Male Choir of the Estonian SSR
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Kullervo, Op. 7: II. Kullervos Youth

    15:19

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    Kullervo, Op. 7: II. Kullervo's Youth · The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Sibelius: Kullervo, Op. 7

    ℗ 2019 Ondine

    Released on: 2019-10-04

    Conductor: Hannu Lintu
    Orchestra: The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Kullervo - Symphonisches Gedicht, Op.7, fur Soli, Chor und Orchester: III. Kullervo och hans...

    24:20

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    Kullervo - Symphonisches Gedicht, Op.7, fur Soli, Chor und Orchester: III. Kullervo och hans syster (Kullervo and his sister) - Allegro vivace · Paavo Järvi/Peter Mattei/Randi Stene/National Male Choir of Estonia/Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester

    Sibelius - Kullervo

    ℗ 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

    Choir: Ant Oots
    Chorus: Ant Uleoja
    Chorus: Ants Oots
    Choir: Ants Üleoja
    Producer: David R. Murray
    Editor: Harriet Sims
    Words: Kalevala
    Tonmeister: Mike Hatch
    Choir: National Male Choir of Estonia
    Lead Vocals: National Male Choir of Estonia
    Conductor: Paavo Jarvi
    Lead Vocals: Paavo Jarvi
    Conductor: Paavo Järvi
    Bass- Baritone: Peter Mattei
    Lead Vocals: Peter Mattei
    Bass-baritone Vocals: Peter Mattei
    Boy Soprano: Randi Stene
    Lead Vocals: Randi Stene
    Mezzo-soprano Vocals: Randi Stene
    Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
    Editor: Stephen Frost
    Orchestra: Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester
    Lead Vocals: Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester
    Coach Vocals: Tero-Pekka Henell
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Introduction to Sibelius Kullervo

    14:16

    This amazing early work of Sibelius - a choral symphony - is quite riveting and ought to be better known:

  • Kullervo, Op. 7: IV. Kullervo Goes to War: Alla marcia - Vivace - Presto

    9:47

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    Kullervo, Op. 7: IV. Kullervo Goes to War: Alla marcia (Allegro molto) - Vivace - Presto · Soile Isokoski

    Sibelius, J.: Kullervo

    ℗ 2008 Ondine

    Released on: 2008-01-01

    Artist: Soile Isokoski
    Artist: Tommi Hakala
    Choir: YL Male Voice Choir
    Conductor: Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Sibeliuss Kullervo

    4:38

    Watch our behind-the-scenes film as Esa-Pekka Salonen prepares for a performance of Sibelius's 'choral' symphony, Kullervo, based on a dark tale from the Finnish epic, the Kalevala. Salonen travelled to Uppsala, Sweden to rehearse with the male choir, Orphei Drängar, who feature prominently in the piece.

    This concert opens the Philharmonia Orchestra's 2011/12 London Season at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall. Click here to learn more and book tickets:

  • Jean Sibelius. Kullervo, Op. 7. Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra

    3:47

    Ян Сібеліус. Симфонія «Куллерво» для солістів, чоловічого хору і оркестру

    Марія Форсстрьом, мецо-сопрано (Швеція)
    Габріель Суованен, баритон (Швеція)
    Чоловічий хор Університету м. Лунд (Швеція)
    Академічний симфонічний оркестр Львівської національної філармонії
    Теодор Кухар, диригент (США—Україна)

    звукорежисер- Іван Огар
    відео -Світлана Ухова

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    Jean Sibelius. Kullervo symphony for soloists, male choir and orchestra

    Maria Forsström, mezzo soprano (SE)
    Gabriel Suovanen, baritone (SE)
    Lund University Male Chorus (SE)
    Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra (UA)
    Theodore Kuchar, conductor (US—UA)

  • Kullervo, Op. 7: V. Kullervos Death

    12:01

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    Kullervo, Op. 7: V. Kullervo's Death · Polytech Male Choir

    Sibelius: Kullervo, Op. 7

    ℗ 2019 Ondine

    Released on: 2019-10-04

    Choir: Estonian National Male Choir
    Conductor: Hannu Lintu
    Choir: Polytech Male Choir
    Orchestra: The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Jean Sibelius - Kullervo, Op. 7

    8:12

    Kullervo, Op. 7 (1892)

    II. Kullervo's Youth: Grave (beginning)

    Kullervo is an early tone poem of symphonic proportions by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), scored for large orchestra, male choir, mezzo-soprano and baritone. The work deals with the tragic legend of Kullervo, setting portions of the text of the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland. According to the legend, Kullervo is the son of Kalervo and Untamala, the last surviving member of her clan. His uncle Untamo feuded with Kalervo and exterminated the entire clan, save for Untamala. As an infant, Kullervo is heard muttering threats of vengeance against Untamo, so his uncle tries to kill him. Kullervo only survives by virtue of his innate magical powers. Eventually, the young Kullervo is sold as a slave to the shepherd Ilmarinen. After years of servitude, one day Kullervo angrily casts a spell on Ilmarinen's cows, which turns them into bears that kill the shepherd's wife. Kullervo promptly flees the scene and embarks on a quest to find his family. He finds that some members of his tribe survived, but his sister disappeared and probably died. Kullervo then leaves on an errand for his tribe, and on the way he meets a beggar-girl, whom he ravishes. It turns out that this is his long-lost sister, and when they discover this, she commits suicide. Kullervo returns to his tribe with the bad news and decides to redeem himself by exacting revenge on the wicked Untamo. The sky-goddess Ukko supplies him with a magic sword, which he uses to kill Untamo and his entire clan. When he returns from this bloody endeavour, Kullervo finds his own family massacred as well. In anguish, he asks his magic sword to take his life. The sword answers affirmatively and Kullervo falls upon it, ending his own life.

    Mezzo-soprano: Lilli Paasikivi
    Baritone: Raimo Laukka
    Chorus-master: Matti Hyökki
    Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
    Sinfonia Lahti
    YL Male Voice Choir

  • Sibelius : The Award-winning Kullervos Death by Osmo Vänskä & Lahti SO

    12:21

    Though the first parts of Vänskä's recording of Kullervo's are not as fine as other recordings, this award-winning final part stands out. It has a tremendous underlying drive and is as powerful as possible.

  • Kullervo, Op. 7: Kullervos Death

    11:55

    Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment

    Kullervo, Op. 7: Kullervo's Death · Sir Colin Davis / 柯林‧戴維斯爵士 · Jean Sibelius

    Colin Davis conducts Sibelius

    ℗ 1997 BMG Music

    Producer: Michael Bremner
    Recording Engineer: Tony Faulkner
    Associated Performer: London Symphony Chorus
    Associated Performer: London Symphony Orchestra / 倫敦交響樂團
    Baritone: Karl-Magnus Fredriksson
    Soprano: Hillevi Martinpelto
    Chorus Master: Stephen Westrup

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  • Kullervo - Symphonisches Gedicht, Op.7, fur Soli, Chor und Orchester: I. Introduction - Allegro...

    13:59

    Provided to YouTube by Warner Classics

    Kullervo - Symphonisches Gedicht, Op.7, fur Soli, Chor und Orchester: I. Introduction - Allegro moderato · Paavo Järvi/Peter Mattei/Randi Stene/National Male Choir of Estonia/Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester

    Sibelius - Kullervo

    ℗ 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

    Choir: Ant Oots
    Chorus: Ant Uleoja
    Chorus: Ants Oots
    Choir: Ants Üleoja
    Producer: David R. Murray
    Editor: Harriet Sims
    Words: Kalevala
    Tonmeister: Mike Hatch
    Choir: National Male Choir of Estonia
    Lead Vocals: National Male Choir of Estonia
    Conductor: Paavo Jarvi
    Lead Vocals: Paavo Jarvi
    Conductor: Paavo Järvi
    Bass- Baritone: Peter Mattei
    Lead Vocals: Peter Mattei
    Bass-baritone Vocals: Peter Mattei
    Boy Soprano: Randi Stene
    Lead Vocals: Randi Stene
    Mezzo-soprano Vocals: Randi Stene
    Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
    Editor: Stephen Frost
    Orchestra: Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester
    Lead Vocals: Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester
    Coach Vocals: Tero-Pekka Henell
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Kullervo, Op. 7: I. Introduction: Allegro moderato

    14:17

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    Kullervo, Op. 7: I. Introduction: Allegro moderato · Soile Isokoski

    Sibelius, J.: Kullervo

    ℗ 2008 Ondine

    Released on: 2008-01-01

    Artist: Soile Isokoski
    Artist: Tommi Hakala
    Choir: YL Male Voice Choir
    Conductor: Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Jean Sibelius - Kullervo, Op. 7

    10:04

    Kullervo, Op. 7 (1892)

    IV. Kullervo Goes to War: Alla marcia - Vivace - Presto

    Kullervo is an early tone poem of symphonic proportions by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), scored for large orchestra, male choir, mezzo-soprano and baritone. The work deals with the tragic legend of Kullervo, setting portions of the text of the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland. According to the legend, Kullervo is the son of Kalervo and Untamala, the last surviving member of her clan. His uncle Untamo feuded with Kalervo and exterminated the entire clan, save for Untamala. As an infant, Kullervo is heard muttering threats of vengeance against Untamo, so his uncle tries to kill him. Kullervo only survives by virtue of his innate magical powers. Eventually, the young Kullervo is sold as a slave to the shepherd Ilmarinen. After years of servitude, one day Kullervo angrily casts a spell on Ilmarinen's cows, which turns them into bears that kill the shepherd's wife. Kullervo promptly flees the scene and embarks on a quest to find his family. He finds that some members of his tribe survived, but his sister disappeared and probably died. Kullervo then leaves on an errand for his tribe, and on the way he meets a beggar-girl, whom he ravishes. It turns out that this is his long-lost sister, and when they discover this, she commits suicide. Kullervo returns to his tribe with the bad news and decides to redeem himself by exacting revenge on the wicked Untamo. The sky-goddess Ukko supplies him with a magic sword, which he uses to kill Untamo and his entire clan. When he returns from this bloody endeavour, Kullervo finds his own family massacred as well. In anguish, he asks his magic sword to take his life. The sword answers affirmatively and Kullervo falls upon it, ending his own life.

    Mezzo-soprano: Lilli Paasikivi
    Baritone: Raimo Laukka
    Chorus-master: Matti Hyökki
    Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
    Sinfonia Lahti
    YL Male Voice Choir

  • JEAN SIBELIUS Kullervo Op 7

    14:00

    Jean Sibelius
    Kullervo Op. 7 (Second movement) Kullervo's Youth
    Sir Colin Davis
    London Symphony Orchestra
    London Barbican 1992
    BBC

  • Kullervo, Op. 7: III. Kullervo and His Sister

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    Kullervo, Op. 7: III. Kullervo and His Sister · Johanna Rusanen

    Sibelius: Kullervo, Op. 7

    ℗ 2019 Ondine

    Released on: 2019-10-04

    Choir: Estonian National Male Choir
    Conductor: Hannu Lintu
    Artist: Johanna Rusanen
    Choir: Polytech Male Choir
    Orchestra: The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Artist: Ville Rusanen
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Kullervo - Symphonisches Gedicht, Op.7, fur Soli, Chor und Orchester: V. Kullervos dod...

    14:37

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    Kullervo - Symphonisches Gedicht, Op.7, fur Soli, Chor und Orchester: V. Kullervos dod (Kullervo's Death) - Andante · Paavo Järvi/Peter Mattei/Randi Stene/National Male Choir of Estonia/Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester

    Sibelius - Kullervo

    ℗ 1997 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

    Choir: Ant Oots
    Chorus: Ant Uleoja
    Chorus: Ants Oots
    Choir: Ants Üleoja
    Producer: David R. Murray
    Editor: Harriet Sims
    Words: Kalevala
    Tonmeister: Mike Hatch
    Choir: National Male Choir of Estonia
    Lead Vocals: National Male Choir of Estonia
    Conductor: Paavo Jarvi
    Lead Vocals: Paavo Jarvi
    Conductor: Paavo Järvi
    Bass- Baritone: Peter Mattei
    Lead Vocals: Peter Mattei
    Bass-baritone Vocals: Peter Mattei
    Boy Soprano: Randi Stene
    Lead Vocals: Randi Stene
    Mezzo-soprano Vocals: Randi Stene
    Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
    Editor: Stephen Frost
    Orchestra: Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester
    Lead Vocals: Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester
    Coach Vocals: Tero-Pekka Henell
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Kullervon tarina

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    Kullervo
    Ensi-ilta Suomen Kansallisoopperassa 13.2.2015

    Koreografia ja ohjaus Tero Saarinen
    Musiikki Jean Sibelius
    Lavastus ja valaistus Mikki Kunttu
    Puvut Erika Turunen



    Animaatio: Bo Haglund
    Video: Ville Tanttu
    Teksti: Juhani Koivisto

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    6:43

    Alexander Rahbari conducts Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra

  • Kullervo, Op. 7: III. Kullervo and His Sister. Allegro vivace (Soprano, Baritone, Chorus,...

    24:56

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    Kullervo, Op. 7: III. Kullervo and His Sister. Allegro vivace (Soprano, Baritone, Chorus, Orchestra) · Helsinki University Male Choir/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Berglund

    Sibelius: Kullervo

    ℗ 1971 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 2000 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

    Remastering Engineer: Andrew Walter
    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Producer: Brian Culverhouse
    Choir: Helsinki University Male Choir
    Conductor: Paavo Berglund
    Soprano Vocals: Raili Kostia
    Tonmeister: Stuart Eltham
    Composer: Jean Sibelius

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  • Jean Sibelius - Kullervo, Op. 7

    14:37

    Kullervo, Op. 7 (1892)

    III. Kullervo and His Sister: Allegro vivace (beginning)

    Kullervo is an early tone poem of symphonic proportions by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), scored for large orchestra, male choir, mezzo-soprano and baritone. The work deals with the tragic legend of Kullervo, setting portions of the text of the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland. According to the legend, Kullervo is the son of Kalervo and Untamala, the last surviving member of her clan. His uncle Untamo feuded with Kalervo and exterminated the entire clan, save for Untamala. As an infant, Kullervo is heard muttering threats of vengeance against Untamo, so his uncle tries to kill him. Kullervo only survives by virtue of his innate magical powers. Eventually, the young Kullervo is sold as a slave to the shepherd Ilmarinen. After years of servitude, one day Kullervo angrily casts a spell on Ilmarinen's cows, which turns them into bears that kill the shepherd's wife. Kullervo promptly flees the scene and embarks on a quest to find his family. He finds that some members of his tribe survived, but his sister disappeared and probably died. Kullervo then leaves on an errand for his tribe, and on the way he meets a beggar-girl, whom he ravishes. It turns out that this is his long-lost sister, and when they discover this, she commits suicide. Kullervo returns to his tribe with the bad news and decides to redeem himself by exacting revenge on the wicked Untamo. The sky-goddess Ukko supplies him with a magic sword, which he uses to kill Untamo and his entire clan. When he returns from this bloody endeavour, Kullervo finds his own family massacred as well. In anguish, he asks his magic sword to take his life. The sword answers affirmatively and Kullervo falls upon it, ending his own life.

    Mezzo-soprano: Lilli Paasikivi
    Baritone: Raimo Laukka
    Chorus-master: Matti Hyökki
    Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
    Sinfonia Lahti
    YL Male Voice Choir

  • New Jean Sibelius Kullervo recording, Part 1: Hannu Lintu discussing the score

    3:36

    Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, soprano | Ville Rusanen, baritone
    Estonian National Male Choir | The Polytech Choir
    Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Hannu Lintu, conductor

    Conductor Hannu Lintu discusses his new Sibelius recording with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra!

    Jean Sibelius' Kullervo is a gigantic 5-movement work with duration of over 70 minutes written for soprano, baritone, choir and orchestra which marked the young Sibelius' breakthrough as a composer. This unique recording includes two male choirs, the Estonian National Male Choir and the Polytech Choir (Helsinki), with an impressive number of singers together with Finnish soloists Johanna Rusanen (soprano) and Ville Rusanen (baritone).

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  • Sibelius Kullervo Opus 7 III Kullervo and His Sister

    24:56

    Kullervo, opus 7 est un grand poème symphonique de Jean Sibelius, pour soprano, baryton, chœur d'hommes et orchestre. Il est considéré comme la naissance de la musique nationale finlandaise.
    Kullervo est en cinq parties et dure environ 75 minutes, ce qui lui donne l'allure d'une véritable symphonie. De l'aveu même du musicien, ses thèmes lui sont entièrement propres et n'ont pas été repris du folklore finnois.

    1. Introduction (orchestre) : Ouverture mystérieuse, noble et héroïque.

    2. La jeunesse de Kullervo (orchestre) : Un chant, ou une berceuse, calme et mélancolique.

    3. Kullervo et sa sœur (soprano, baryton, chœur d'hommes et orchestre) : À tous points de vue le centre de l'œuvre. Kullervo tombe amoureux d'une belle jeune fille, qu'il séduit avant d'apprendre qu'elle est sa sœur. Celle-ci, désespérée, se donne la mort, et Kullervo se lamente.

    4. Kullervo dans la bataille (orchestre) : Kullervo part en guerre contre son oncle Untamo, qui menace sa famille. La musique est énergique et colorée.

    5. La mort de Kullervo (chœur et orchestre) : Rongé par le remords après la mort de sa sœur, Kullervo demande à son épée si elle veut prendre la vie d'un homme coupable. L'épée acquiesce, puisqu'elle a déjà pris celles de nombreux innocents. Là-dessus, Kullervo se jette sur elle et meurt. Le chœur, lugubre, chante son oraison funèbre.

  • Sibelius: Kullervos Symphony Op. 7

    1:10:14

    Paavo Berglund, Helsinki Philhamornic Orchestra.

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