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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.

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    En saga 20’


    Kullervo 75’

    Johanna Rusanen-Kartano soprano
    Waltteri Torikka baritone

    Polytech Choir
    BBC Symphony Chorus (men’s voices)
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Sakari Oramo conductor