Elamalle - Songs by Merikanto

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Elamalle - Songs by Merikanto

Label:

Ondine

Catalogue No:

ODE11112

Discs:

1

Release date:

31st March 2008

Barcode:

0761195111123

Length:

60 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Elamalle - Songs by Merikanto


Merikanto, O:

Omenankukat (Apple Blossom)

Linnulle kirkkomaalla

Suvi-illan vieno tuuli

Muistellessa (Remembering)

Miksi laulan

Kullan murunen (You Are a Nugget of Gold)

Merellä

Myrskylintu

Laatokka

Iltakellot

Haudoilta-sarja

Hyvästi!

Hyvää yötä

Hämärissä

Elämälle

Annina

Illansuussa

Nocturne

Balladi

Nuoruuden ylistys

Soi vienosti murheeni soitto

Ma elän! (I Am Alive)


Jorma Hynninen (baritone) & Ilkka Paananen (piano)

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Jorma Hynninen is one of the most celebrated Finnish singers. This new disc contains the legendary baritone's very personal account of songs by his compatriot Oskar Merikanto (1868- 1924), which are worthy of discovery.

During his lifetime Oskar Merikanto was just as popular as Jean Sibelius. He was the co-founder of what would become the Finnish National Opera and composed major contributions to the song and opera repertoire: a real master of melody who incorporated elements of folk music into his songs, Merikanto rightly provokes comparison with such composers as Schubert and Mahler.

Jorma Hynninen has contributed not only to a renewal in the art of interpreting solo songs but also to the creation of contemporary operas by Rautavaara and Sallinen, to name but two composers. His greatest musical love though has always been Lieder, a genre on which he successfully concentrates on this new recording.

Oskar Merikanto: Finnish Song Compositions VI, Op. 53

Finnish Song Compositions VI, Op. 53: No. 1. Omenankukat (Apple Blossom)

Oskar Merikanto: Finnish Song Compositions V, Op. 52

Finnish Song Compositions V, Op. 52: No. 2. Linnulle kirkkomaalla (To a bird in the churchyard)

Oskar Merikanto: Yksinlauluja (Solo Songs), Op. 87

Yksinlauluja (Solo Songs), Op. 87: No. 2. Suvi-illan vieno tuuli (Summer evening's breeze)

Oskar Merikanto: Finnish Song Compositions II, Op. 11

Finnish Song Compositions II, Op. 11: No. 2. Muistellessa (Remembering)

Oskar Merikanto: 3 Songs, Op. 20

No. 2. Miksi laulan (Why I Sing)

No. 1. Kullan murunen (Thou Art a Nugget of Gold)

Oskar Merikanto: 4 Songs, Op. 47

4 Songs, Op. 47: No. 4. Merella (At sea)

Oskar Merikanto: Finnish Song Compositions IV, Op. 30

Finnish Song Compositions IV, Op. 30: No. 4. Myrskylintu (Stormbird)

Oskar Merikanto: Songs, Op. 83

Songs, Op. 83: No. 1. Laatokka (Lake Ladoga)

Oskar Merikanto: Songs, Op. 106

Songs, Op. 106: No. 1. Iltakellot (Evening bells)

Oskar Merikanto: Haudoilta (From the Graves), Op. 74

No. 1. Valkeat ristit (White crosses)

No. 2. Laulaja taivaan portilla (A singer at the gate of Heaven)

No. 3. Kay kirkkomaata illoin vanhat mummot (In the churchyard at eventide)

No. 4. Paivannousu kultaa kirkkomaan (Sunrise gilds the churchyard)

Oskar Merikanto: Yksinlauluja (Solo Songs), Op. 87

Yksinlauluja (Solo Songs), Op. 87: No. 3. Hyvasti (Farewell!)

Oskar Merikanto: 3 Songs, Op. 75

3 Songs, Op. 75: No. 1. Hyvaa yota (Good night)

Oskar Merikanto: 3 Songs, Op. 96

3 Songs, Op. 96: No. 1. Hamarissa (In the twilight)

Oskar Merikanto: 4 Songs, Op. 93

4 Songs, Op. 93: No. 4. Elamalle (To life)

Oskar Merikanto: Venezianska visor (Venetian Songs), Op. 51

Venezianska visor (Venetian Songs), Op. 51: No. 2. Annina

Oskar Merikanto: Finnish Song Compositions VIII, Op. 69

Finnish Song Compositions VIII, Op. 69: No. 2. Illansuussa (At nightfall)

Oskar Merikanto: Nocturne

Nocturne

Oskar Merikanto: Finnish Song Compositions VIII, Op. 69

No. 4. Ballaadi (Ballad)

No. 3. Nuoruuden ylistys (Praise of youth)

Oskar Merikanto: Lauluja pianon saestyksella (Songs with piano), Op. 36: No. 3. Soi vienosti murheeni soitto

Lauluja pianon saestyksella (Songs with piano), Op. 36: No. 3. Soi vienosti murheeni soitto

Oskar Merikanto: 2 Songs, Op. 71

2 Songs, Op. 71: No. 1. Ma elan (I Am Alive!)

The Telegraph

19th April 2008

“Take this disc uninterrupted and you could overdose on triple time, regular four-bar phrases and predictably fervent climaxes. But there are some memorable numbers here, including the swirling ballad Stormbird - a Nordic Sea Fever - the incantatory Evening Bells, and Annina, a gently insinuating Venetian barcarolle. Jorma Hynninen brings to his compatriot's songs a voice of craggy grandeur and an acute sensitivity to colour and atmosphere, whether in the romantic ardour of Apple Blossom or the bleak, blanched White Crosses.”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2008

“Hie brings immense authority to this repertoire and a vocal quality that shows only a few signs of strain in the upper reaches. Ilkka Paananen supplies top-class accompaniments, setting moods and turning corners with unfailing intelligence. ”

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