Hey Kurkikohtaus, I joined this forum specifically to make sure you got a superb performance of this for your first hearing, but as I typed out one version of this post after the other, I couldn't help thinking each time "He really doesn't need to hear this. He already knows." Pffft.
So much for my sense of self-importance! But I will say this, I prefer people like Lachenmann and Xenakis, as you know--and I certainly prefer the fourth symphony of Sibelius to all the rest--but there's something really alluring about this Kullervo thing. Given my tastes, I'd think that after the first couple of hearings of this, I'd get over it; but I don't. I could put this on this minute and be wholly swept up in this thing.