A Finnish Songbook (Elämäni Lauluja)

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A Finnish Songbook (Elämäni Lauluja)

Label:

Ondine

Catalogue No:

ODE11352

Discs:

1

Release date:

12th Jan 2009

Barcode:

0761195113523

Length:

58 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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A Finnish Songbook (Elämäni Lauluja)

Orchestral songs by Finnish composers


Kilpinen:

Kesäyö (Summer Night)

Vanha kirkko

Rannalta I (From the Shore I)

Kuula:

Tuijotin tulehen kauan, Op. 2 No. 2

Kesäyö kirkkomaala, Op. 6 No. 1

Yö - Night

Luolajan-Mikkola:

Häätanhu (Wedding Dance)

Madetoja:

Yrtit tummat Op. 9 No. 1 (Dark Herbs) (Text: L. Onerva)

Itkisit joskus illoin (If you'd sometimes weep at evening), Op. 25/5

Merikanto, O:

Soi vienosti murheeni soitto

Merellä

Vallinkorvan laulu

Sibelius:

Souda, souda, sinisorsa (Swim, duck, swim) (A.V. Forsman-Koskimies)

Lastu lainehilla, Op. 17, No. 7

Laulu ristilukista Op. 27 No. 4

trad.:

Tällaaselle poijalle

Tuuli se taivutti koivun larvan

Niin kauan minä tramppaan

Turunen:

Sunnuntai (Sunday)


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Matti Salminen is an acoustic phenomenon, according to many the finest and darkest bass voice of our time. In the 1970s and ‘80s he inherited mantle of the legendary Martti Talvela as the great Finnish Wagner bass in Bayreuth, until, to the regret of Wolfgang Wagner, he decided to devote his summers to the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland. James Levine, for his part, considers Salminen so essential that the scheduling of Wagner operas at the Met is adjusted to suit Salminen's diary. Salminen's journey to his present status has been a long one.The son of a working-class family, he earned his living at first as a tango king on Finnish dance-floors. From the dance-floor, his career has taken him to all the important opera houses of the world to sing with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Nicolas Harnoncourt and Pierre Boulez. On this new recording, Matti Salminen performs rarities outside the standard repertoire and delivers a personal account of orchestral songs from Finnish composers.Accompanied by the Helsinki Philharmonic under its new chief conductor John Storgårds, Salminen is completely at home singing this music. Many of these songs about nature and love deserve greater attention or discovery, for which this exceptional disc forms a perfect vehicle.

Oskar Merikanto: Merikanto-Albumi II , Op. 60 (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Merikanto-Albumi II , Op. 60: No. 3. Soi vienosti murheeni soitto (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Oskar Merikanto: 4 Songs, Op. 47 (arr. for bass and orchestra)

4 Songs, Op. 47: No. 4. Merella (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Oskar Merikanto: Vallinkorvan laulu (Song of Vallinkorva), Op. 24, No. 2 (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Vallinkorvan laulu (Song of Vallinkorva), Op. 24, No. 2 (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Jean Sibelius: Souda, souda sinisorsa (Row, row, duck), JS 180

Souda, souda sinisorsa (Row, row, duck) (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Jean Sibelius: 7 Songs, Op. 17: No. 7. Lastu lainehilla (arr. for bass and orchestra)

7 Songs, Op. 17: No. 7. Lastu lainehilla (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Jean Sibelius: King Kristian II, Op. 27

King Kristian II, Op. 27: IV. The Song of the Cross-spider

Leevi Madetoja: Yrtit tummat (Dark Herbs), Op. 9, No. 1 (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Yrtit tummat (Dark Herbs), Op. 9, No. 1 (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Leevi Madetoja: Itkisit joskus illoin (If You'd Sometimes Weep at Evening) (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Itkisit joskus illoin (If You'd Sometimes Weep at Evening) (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Yrjo Kilpinen: Songs, Op. 23: No. 3. Kesayo (Summer Night) (arr for bass and orchestra)

Songs, Op. 23: No. 3. Summer Night (arr for bass and orchestra)

Yrjo Kilpinen: Tunturilauluja (Songs of the Fells), Vol. 3, Op. 54: No. 1. Vanha kirkko (The Old Church) (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Tunturilauluja (Songs of the Fells), Vol. 3, Op. 54: No. 1. Vanna kirkko (The Old Church) (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Yrjo Kilpinen: Songs, Op. 23: No. 1. From the Shores (arr for bass and orchestra)

Songs, Op. 23: No. 1. Rannalta (From the Shores) (arr for bass and orchestra)

Martti Turunen: Sunnuntai (Sunday), Op. 25, No. 1 (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Sunnuntai (Sunday), Op. 25, No. 1 (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Vilho Luolajan-Mikkola: Haatanhu (Wedding Dance) (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Haatanhu (Wedding Dance) (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Aarre Merikanto: Tuijotin tulehen kauan (Long gazed into the fire), Op. 2, No. 2 (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Tuijotin tulehen kauan (Long gazed into the fire), Op. 2, No. 2 (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Toivo Kuula: Kesayo kirkkomaalla (Summer Night in the Churchyard), Op. 6, No. 1 (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Kesayo kirkkomaalla (Summer Night in the Churchyard), Op. 6, No. 1 (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Toivo Kuula: Yo (Night), Op. 22, No. 3 (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Yo (Night), Op. 22, No. 3 (arr. for bass and orchestra)

Traditional: Etelapohjahlaisia Lauluja

No. 1. Tallaaselle poijalle (For a Boy Like This)

No. 2. Tuuli se taivutti koivun larvan (The Wind Bent Down)

No. 3. Niin kauan mina tramppaan (I'll Walk Around This Here Village)

Gramophone Magazine

April 2009

“One of the greatest operatic basses of his generation and beyond, Matti Salminen…is, in effect, simply a folksinger. As its cosy "Finnish Songbook" title suggests, his latest disc celebrates the naturalness of his art, and the predominantly slow and lugubrious sequence of songs here ranges from mini-masterpieces by Sibelius to traditional numbers.”

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