Sibelius Kullervo and Finlandia
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
YL Male Voice Choir
Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo
Tommi Hakala, baritone
BIS SACD-9048 Release: 2017
for soloists, male choir and orchestra
for mezzo, male choir and orchestra
with choir participation
This two-disc set features Music Director Osmo Vänskä leading the Minnesota Orchestra and Finland’s YL Male Voice Choir, along with vocal soloists Lilli Paasikivi and Tommi Hakala, in a performance of Jean Sibelius’ searing five-part symphonic poem Kullervo. The Orchestra’s interpretation of this Finnish masterpiece at Carnegie Hall in 2010 led The New Yorker’s Alex Ross to write “for the duration of the evening...the Minnesota Orchestra sounded, to my ears, like the greatest orchestra in the world.”
Recorded live at Orchestra Hall during three February 2016 concerts, the recording also features Sibelius’ beloved Finlandia and contemporary Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas’ dramatic new work, Migrations. Commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra, Migrations commemorates the Finnish migration to North America and features poignant text by Minnesota poet Sheila Packa.
The CD will be released in the U.S. on February 3, 2017, but a limited quantity will be available for purchase online and at Orchestra Hall while supplies last.