Sibelius Festival: Finnish folk music
violin Pekka Kuusisto | piano Heini Kärkkäinen | vocalist Ilona Korhonen | kantele Pauliina Syrjälä
Sibelius 5 Danses Champetres | Sibelius Sonatine op 80 | Trad. Finish folk songs
Profundity and popular entertainment kick off this Sibelius festival. Where did Sibelius get his ideas? Learn about his Finnish roots through performances of folk music based on Finnish folklore, ‘runes’, by specialists from the Sibelius Academy. Violinist Pekka Kuusisto is the ideal host. He improvises with rune singer Ilona Korhonen and plays chamber music by Sibelius.