A Five-Star Sibelius Celebration

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
With the title A Five-Star Sibelius Celebration, the Ondine label is not providing a critical estimation of the quality of the disc. Rather, it indicates that five different soloists are performing five sets of works by the great Finnish modernist. Whether or not those soloists are in fact stars is left up to the listener. The best-known name here is undoubtedly Karita Mattila's. The clarion soprano has appeared in opera houses around the world, and her set of six songs accompanied by pianist Ilmo Ranta are as strongly sung and powerfully characterized as her Jenufa and Salome. Perhaps the next-best-known name is Monica Groop's. The warm-toned mezzo-soprano has endeared ...
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All Music Guide - James Leonard
With the title A Five-Star Sibelius Celebration, the Ondine label is not providing a critical estimation of the quality of the disc. Rather, it indicates that five different soloists are performing five sets of works by the great Finnish modernist. Whether or not those soloists are in fact stars is left up to the listener. The best-known name here is undoubtedly Karita Mattila's. The clarion soprano has appeared in opera houses around the world, and her set of six songs accompanied by pianist Ilmo Ranta are as strongly sung and powerfully characterized as her Jenufa and Salome. Perhaps the next-best-known name is Monica Groop's. The warm-toned mezzo-soprano has endeared herself to international listeners with her many excellent lieder recordings, and for them, her group of Ariel's five songs excerpted from the music for "The Tempest" with the Opera Festival Chorus and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Jukka-Pekka Saraste, while wonderfully sung, may be regarded as too little of a good thing. Some collectors might recall pianist Olli Mustonen's terrific series of recordings for Decca, particularly his fire-breathing romp through Hindemith's "Ludus Tonalis," but fewer might remember his stylish yet soulful all-Sibelius disc from which these 10 charming "Bagatelles, Op. 34," are taken. Avid fans of Finnish opera will recognize Jorma Hynninen's name from the baritone's many recordings of operas by Merikanto, Rautavaara, and Sallinen, and they may likewise already know his commanding recording of Sibelius' songs accompanied by Leif Segerstam leading the Tampere Philharmonic from which these seven songs are excerpted. Few, maybe, will recognize Pekka Kuusisto's name, but since the young violinist has only been making records since the turn of the millennium, that situation is understandable. His recording here of the two "Serenades" with the Tapiola Sinfonietta is beautifully played and may serve to introduce Kuusisto to a larger audience. Although recorded between 1994 and 2005, Ondine's digital sound is uniformly crisp, clean, and colorful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195110829
  • Catalog Number: 1108
  • Sales rank: 352,344

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–10 Bagatelles (10) for piano Op. 34 - Olli Mustonen & Jean Sibelius (13:35)
  2. 2 Spring is flying (Våren flyktar hastigt) song for voice & piano, Op. 13/4 - Jean Sibelius & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (1:40)
  3. 3 The First Kiss (Den förste kyssen, II), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1 - Jean Sibelius & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (2:07)
  4. 4 But my Bird is Long in Homing (Men min fågel märks dock icke), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2 - Jean Sibelius & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (2:36)
  5. 5 Was it a dream? (Var det en dröm), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/4 - Jean Sibelius & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (2:13)
  6. 6 The Diamond on the March Snow (Demanton på marssnön), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/6 - Jean Sibelius & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (3:24)
  7. 7 The Maid Returned from Meeeting her Lover (Flickan kon ifrån sin älsklings möte), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/5 - Jean Sibelius & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (3:14)
  8. 17–18 Serenades (2), for violin & orchestra, Op. 69 - Jean Sibelius & Eduardo Nestor Gomez (11:33)
  9. 18 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Ariel's 1st song. Kom herhid paa gule Sand - Jean Sibelius & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:08)
  10. 19 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Ariel's 2nd song. Fem favne dybt - Jean Sibelius & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:49)
  11. 20 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Ariel's 3rd song. Medens trygt i snorke her - Jean Sibelius & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:06)
  12. 21 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Ariel's 4th song. Før du drage kand dit Vejr - Jean Sibelius & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (0:45)
  13. 22 The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109: Ariel's 5th song. Med Bien drikker jeg af Krus - Jean Sibelius & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (1:16)
  14. 23 Sigh, sedges, sigh (Säv, säv, susa), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/4 - Leif Segerstam & Jean Sibelius (2:36)
  15. 24 Black Roses (Svarta rosor), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/1 - Leif Segerstam & Jean Sibelius (1:53)
  16. 25 To Evening (Illalle), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/6 - Leif Segerstam & Jean Sibelius (1:31)
  17. 26 Driftwood (Lastu Lainehilla), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/7 - Leif Segerstam & Jean Sibelius (1:18)
  18. 27 Row, row duck (Souda, souda, sinisorsa), for voice & piano - Leif Segerstam & Jean Sibelius (1:20)
  19. 28 The Echo Nymph (Kaiutar), somg for voice & piano, Op. 72/4 - Leif Segerstam & Jean Sibelius (3:02)
  20. 29 The Fool's Song of the Spider, song for voice & piano (arranged from King Christian II), Op. 27/4 - Leif Segerstam & Jean Sibelius (4:09)
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