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Sibelius: Kullervo - Lintu

Sibelius: Kullervo - Lintu

Ondine  ODE 1338-5

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Sibelius: Kullervo

Johanna Rusanen (soprano)
Ville Rusanen (baritone)
Estonian National Male Choir
The Polytech Male Choir
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu (conductor)

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DSD recording

Recorded 14-16 August 2018 at the Helsinki Music Centre, Finland

Executive Producer: Reijo Kiilunen

Recording Producer: Laura Heikinheimo

Recording Engineers: Anna-Kaisa Kemppi (Yle), Enno Mäemets

Final Mix and SACD mastering: Enno Mäemets (Editroom Oy, Helsinki)

This recording was produced with support from the Finnish Music Foundation (MES)

Publisher: Breitkopf & Härtel Urtex JSW (Jean Sibelius Works)
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Comment by hiredfox - October 1, 2019 (1 of 2)

When Ondine do decide to release a new SA-CD it is usually very good indeed and recorded in DSD. Lintu has been outstanding in previous releases of his Sibelius survey so we should expect another winner this Tims especially as SA-CD are now so rare from this source.

Only downside is that Ondine also recorded Kullervo with Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic not so long ago which remains the best version on SA-CD and will be hard to beat. Maybe they know something we don't?

Comment by Dissonance - October 1, 2019 (2 of 2)

I completely agree, every new SA-CD from Ondine is a special event.

On the basis of the short samples at Presto this recording will offer far more spirited performance of the work compared to Segerstam (listen to the beginning of the 3rd and the 4th mvts, for instance). That is only a good thing because the composer was a young man at the time of the composition and was at the peak of his powers. I’m brave enough to claim that for many this newcomer will surpass Segerstam’s alternative.