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A Finnish Epic

Ashkenazy conducts Sibelius

Power of the voice
Tragic tale
Dates Fri 15 Feb, Sat 16 Feb Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration To be advised.

Is it a symphony? Is it an opera? From the young Sibelius comes music that defies categories. And from Ravel a concerto that defies the odds.

In 2013 Vladimir Ashkenazy returns to Sibelius and his breakthrough work, Kullervo. It defies categorisation: like a symphony in its colossal scale, like an opera with its tragic story. With Kullervo, Sibelius created something new - music that spoke to his countrymen and told their stories in a Finnish voice. And for our performances we welcome two Finnish voices to perform the roles of Kullervo and his sister.

The dark drama of Kullervo is prefaced by a concerto that begins in the depths of the orchestra and emerges as one of Ravel's most ambitious and emotionally revealing creations. No concessions are made for the pianist's one hand in this fiendish concerto, and the soloist becomes the tragic hero.

A Finnish Epic

Audio kindly supplied by Silver Partner Universal Music.

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PROGRAM
  • RAVEL Piano Concerto for the left hand
  • SIBELIUS Kullervo
Artist
  • Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
  • Helena Juntunen soprano
  • Ville Rusanen bass-baritone
  • Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano
  • Men of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
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