The present album, from the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Dima Slobodeniouk, brings together Kalevala-related works spanning the period between 1897 and 1943. No such collection could overlook Sibelius, who composed several works inspired by the epos. Included here is a rarity – the first recording of the 1897 version of Lemminkäinen in Tuonela, from the Lemminkäinen Suite. Finnish composers from later generations all had to find a way out from under Sibelius’s shadow – especially so when composing works based on the Kalevala. The portraits of Kullervo which bookend the disc, by Leevi Madetoja and Tauno Pylkkänen, are both compact works in contrast to Sibelius’s large-scale ‘choral symphony’ on the same theme, and when Uuno Klami used bold and primitive colours in his five-movement Kalevala Suite, he was looking towards Stravinsky rather than his countryman.
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SIBELIUS AND BARNETT
The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s coming season features earworms and epic works
Dalia Stasevska to continue as principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra
The Sibelius Festival program has been announced
The Estonian Festival Orchestra conducted by Paavo Järvi will visit the Lahti Sibelius Festival on 31 August 2022
Sinfonia Lahti and Scenes from the Kalevala