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Proms 2015 Prom 58: Sibelius – Kullervo

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Prom 58: Sibelius – Kullervo
19:30 Sat 29 Aug 2015 Royal Albert Hall
Sibelius's epic retelling of the Finnish 'Kalevala' saga for orchestra, chorus and soloists is conducted this year by fellow Finn, Sakari Oramo.
Sibelius's epic retelling of the Finnish 'Kalevala' saga for orchestra, chorus and soloists is conducted this year by fellow Finn, Sakari Oramo.

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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.