Both the Finnish National Opera Orchestra and Chorus under Ulf Söderblom achieve a nice blend of forward movement at every necessary point. And attention to detail.
Kullervo (baritone Jorma Hynninen) himself in particular is compelling. Similarly, soprano Eeva-Liisa Saarinen (the mother) projects hope and light in contrast to the others’ tendencies to destruction.
…the sensitivity of Söderblom and his performers’ approach to the work has guaranteed that the recording is taut, effective and rewarding.