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Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore


Jean SibeliusEn Saga, Op.9
~ Interval ~
Jean SibeliusKullervo


Sakari Oramo – Conductor
Johanna Rusanen-Kartano – Soprano
Waltteri Torikka – baritone

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Polytech Choir
BBC Symphony Chorus

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Programme Note

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.

Prom 58: Sibelius – Kullervo

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