Finnish Folklore, Abridged

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The Lemminkainen myth is tremendously complex, with motifs reminiscent of heroic figures such as Achilles, Orpheus and Don Juan. Guest conductor Hannu Lintu began to take a moment in rehearsal to give the musicians some narrative background with which to perform Sibelius’ Lemminkainen’s Return. Rehearsals, however, are not conducive to the telling of long mythic tales more appropriate for endless Finnish winter nights. “I could tell you the story,” Lintu  paused, “but there’s no time, no time.”

Hannu Lintu
Hannu Lintu