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Track Listings1. Introduction
2. Kullervo's Youth
3. Kullervo and His Sister
4. Kullervo Goes to Battle
5. Kullervo's Death
ROBERT SPANO AND ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA RECORD SIBELIUS’ KULLERVO
The 80-minute work, performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the men from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, with baritone Nathan Gunn and mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant, was conducted by ASO Music Director Robert Spano and recorded at the Woodruff Arts Center.
Kullervo is a powerful figure from the Kalevala, the epic Finnish saga composed of 50 poems compiled by Elias LÃ¶nnrot, a physician and folklorist who traveled throughout the Finnish-Russian borderlands recording the lyrics, stories, and ballads sung to him by rural people. Born with magical powers, Kullervo was raised as an orphan by his tribe's enemies. As a young man, Kullervo finds his family, who thought he was dead, but learns that his sister is missing. Because he is inept at farm tasks, Kullervo is sent off to pay the family's taxes. On his return he seduces a beautiful maiden who, they both discover, is his long-lost sister. In horror and shame, she kills herself, Kullervo goes to battle, and finally kills himself as well.