The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
DISCUSSION: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
Kullervo Op 7 by Jean Sibelius is a suite of symphonic movements, often called a choral symphony, but in reality a set of five tone poems, based on the character of the same name from the epic Finnish poem Kalevala. A male chorus is used in the third and fifth movements, and this uses texts from Kalevala.
Kullervo received its first performance on 28 April 1892 - Sibelius conducting the Helsinki Orchestra Society's chorus and orchestra.
CD Spotlight. Dramatic Stuff - Sibelius' 'Kullervo', recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'The foremost Sibelius conductor Hannu Lintu's interpretation is brimming with maturity and grandeur. His pacing is impeccable, and he draws vivid singing from his choir and soloists, not to mention the impressive sense of sweep from the orchestra.'
Sibelius and Myth - George Colerick discusses Finnish culture and asks if Sibelius was one of the greatest melodists
CD Spotlight. A Brave Show - Choral music by Sibelius, heard by Robert Anderson. '... much here to surprise and fascinate ...'
CD Spotlight. A Special Quality - Music by Sibelius for voice and orchestra, recommended by Robert Anderson. 'Throughout the set BIS has maintained the high standards ...'