Sibelius: Luonnotar Orchestral Songs

Sibelius: Luonnotar Orchestral Songs

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by Soile Isokoski
     
 

Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski's first recording was a lovely and intimate recital of Finnish songs with pianist Marita Viitasalo. Her second recording was much more ambitious -- a full disc of Strauss' orchestral songs closing with the "Vier letzte Lieder" accompanied by MarekSee more details below

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Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski's first recording was a lovely and intimate recital of Finnish songs with pianist Marita Viitasalo. Her second recording was much more ambitious -- a full disc of Strauss' orchestral songs closing with the "Vier letzte Lieder" accompanied by Marek Janowski leading the Berliner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester -- and much more successful -- it won a Gramophone award in 2002. After that, Isokoski released superb discs of Mozart arias and Wolf lieder along with heartfelt recitals of hymns in Finnish and Finnish sacred songs. Finally, in 2006, she released a disc of the music she was born and trained to sing: "Luonnotar" and other orchestral songs by the greatest Finnish composer of all time: Jean Sibelius. It is a wholly magnificent achievement. Isokoski has a pure soprano voice with seemingly no upper edge and apparently no technical limit -- even in "Luonnotar," her voice soars effortlessly over the orchestral accompaniement of Leif Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic. If this disc has a catch, it's that not all the orchestrations are by Sibelius; some were done by other hands, including those of Jussi Jalas, his conducting son-in-law. The non-Sibelius orchestrations are quite lush, lusher perhaps than Sibelius himself would have done, but with touches -- woodwinds in thirds against high harp arpeggios, for example -- the master would have recognized as his own. Do the non-Sibelius orchestrated songs sound like Sibelius? No, not quite. They sound more romantic and even more sensual. Still, with the awesome beauty of Isokoski's performances along with the deft nuances of Segerstam and the Helsinki's accompaniments, this disc is never less than completely convincing. Ondine's super audio sound is thoroughly transparent -- nothing exists except the music.

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Editorial Reviews

BBC Music Magazine
[2007 Disc of the Year] The music could not have found a better champion than Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski.... A Sibelian essential.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
Label:
Ondine
UPC:
0761195108055
catalogNumber:
1080
Rank:
87537

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Tracks

  1. The Echo Nymph (Kaiutar), somg for voice & piano, Op. 72/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - James A. Hepokoski  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  -  Larin-Kyosti
  2. Luonnotar (The Spirit of Nature), tone poem for voice & orchestra, Op. 70  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - James A. Hepokoski  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  -  Kalevala
  3. But my Bird is Long in Homing (Men min fågel märks dock icke), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/2  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Rosa Newmarch  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  4. Sigh, sedges, sigh (Säv, säv, susa), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Gustaf Froding  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Rosa Newmarch
  5. The Diamond on the March Snow (Demanton på marssnön), song for voice & piano, Op. 36/6  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Rosa Newmarch  - J. J. Wecksell
  6. Spring is flying (Våren flyktar hastigt) song for voice & piano, Op. 13/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Rosa Newmarch  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  7. 'Neath the fir trees (Under strandens granar), song for voice & piano, Op. 13/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Rosa Newmarch  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  8. The First Kiss (Den förste kyssen, II), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Rosa Newmarch  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  9. Sunrise (Soluppgång), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/3  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Tor Hedberg  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Rosa Newmarch
  10. Was it a dream? (Var det en dröm), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/4  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Rosa Newmarch  - J. J. Wecksell
  11. Autumn Evening (Höstkväll), for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 38/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Rosa Newmarch  - C. V. Rydberg
  12. On A Balcony by the Sea (På verandan vid havet), for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 38/2  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Maria Pelikan  - C. V. Rydberg
  13. Arioso, for voice & orchestra, Op. 3  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Maria Pelikan  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  14. To Evening (Illalle), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/6  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Maria Pelikan  - A.V. Forsman-Koskimies
  15. Driftwood (Lastu Lainehilla), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/7  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Maria Pelikan  - Ilmari Kianto
  16. Row, row duck (Souda, souda, sinisorsa), for voice & piano  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Maria Pelikan  - A.V. Forsman-Koskimies
  17. And I Questioned No Further (Se'n har jag ej frågat mera), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 17/1  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Maria Pelikan  - Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  18. Dragon-Fly (En slända), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/5  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Oscar Levertin  - Herbert Harper
  19. Duke Magnus (Hertig Magnus), song for voice & piano, Op. 57/6  - Jean Sibelius  - Leif Segerstam  - Akseli Gallen-Kallela  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  - Soile Isokoski  - E. Josephson  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Herbert Harper

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