Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Tero Saarinen agree: the origins of Finnish identity are echoed in the work of Sibelius.
Conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste and choreographer Tero Saarinen have reinterpreted the rich symbolism of Kullervo, from Finland’s national epic poem, the KALEVALA.
When Sibelius went to Vienna, he was captivated by the musical finesse and diversity of Europe. He was seeking to emulate this when he composed his great symphonic poem KULLERVO, about the tragic hero of that name from the KALEVALA. The tormented hero was to inspire national identity and yet remain universal. At the Finnish National Opera, Saraste and Saarinen have reinterpreted the KULLERVO symphony as a choral dance.
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