Lemminkäinen Suite, four legends
Gustav Mahler visited Helsinki in late 1907 to conduct the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Gallén, Kajanus and Sibelius entertained the honored guest, but Mahler’s first contact with Sibelius’ music did not impress the maestro. According to Erik Tawaststjerna, a fatal mistake was made: “Kajanus should have made sure the Spring Song was replaced by, for example, the Swan of Tuonela or Lemminkäinen’s Return.” This will be fixed in this concert.
Mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus has the ability to captivate audiences. “A moment of complete silence fell as they contemplated the musical journey Karnéus had taken them on” (Bachtrack).