Aulis Sallinen
The King Goes Forth to France - Opera in Three Acts

Finnish Philharmonic Chorus
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Tapiola Chamber Choir
Okko Kamu, conductor
Jyrki Anttila, tenor
Tommi Hakala, baritone
Arttu Kataja, baritone
Tuomas Katajala, tenor
Santeri Kinnunen, spoken role
Jyrki Korhonen, bass
Jussi Myllys, tenor
Laura Nykänen, contralto
Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo-soprano
Mari Palo, soprano
Riikka Rantanen, mezzo-soprano
Niklas Spångberg, bass
Janne Sundqvist, bass
Kirsi Thum, soprano
Tuomas Tuloisela, bass
Herman Wallén, baritone

Finnish contemporary

Critics' choices


2 CDs; booklet with liner notes and synopsis in English, German, French and Finnish, and the libretto in the original Finnish and in English


February 2006

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1066-2D


Track listing

CD1 74:43
Aulis Sallinen (1935-)
The King Goes Forth to France - A chronicle for the music theatre of the coming Ice Age
1 Act I, Act II 74:43

CD2 53:10
Aulis Sallinen (1935-)
The King Goes Forth to France - A chronicle for the music theatre of the coming Ice Age
1 Act III 53:10

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BBC Music Magazine 'Choice'
Gramophone 'Editor's Choice' '10/10'

Press review

Not enough modern operas really engage with the problems of our times. In this sometimes absurdist but always biting satire, Aulis Sallinen lashes into concerns ranging from the environment to the abdication of personal responsibility.
Guy Rickards, Gramophone, July 2006, Editor's Choice

Aptly described as 'a fairy tale for grown ups' (...). Sallinen's strongest music in an opera that shows his innate theatricality.
John Allison, BBC Music Magazine, June 2006, Disc of the Month: Opera Choice

It's a hugely welcome recording (...). Excellently documented (...). Warmly recommended.
John Allison, Opera, June 2006, Disc of the Month

Tommi Hakala's King and Jyrki Korhonen's Prime Minister are standouts (...), the four women are equally fine. (...) Sallinen's tangy music and apparently sly wit make this a fascinating show, and following the work with the libretto reaps many rewards. A vibrant, unique work.
Robert Levine,, May 2006, Artistic Quality 10/10 Sound Quality

Oko Kamu, who conducted the Savonlinna première in 1984 (...), is an experienced guide, and the cast (...) is uniformly excellent. (...) a thought-provoking, approchable contemporary opera.
Matthew Rye, The Daily Telegraph, May 6, 2006, Classical CD of the week