Uuno Klami - Northern Lights, Kalevala Suite & Cheremissian Fantasy

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Uuno Klami - Northern Lights, Kalevala Suite & Cheremissian Fantasy



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1st Feb 2010




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Uuno Klami - Northern Lights, Kalevala Suite & Cheremissian Fantasy


Northern Lights (Fantasy for orchestra)

Cheremissian Fantasy for cello and orchestra

Samuli Peltonen (cello)

Kalevala Suite, Op. 23



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This new recording pays tribute to Uuno Klami (1900–1961) – one of the most successful and cosmopolitan Finnish composers; his popularity in Finland equals that of Jean Sibelius and Einojuhani Rautavaara and still awaits major discovery beyond the national borders.

This CD features his monumental masterpiece Kalevala Suite for large orchestra, which became a true landmark in Finnish music history and remains his best-known work and a real orchestral showpiece.

Also featured is the orchestral fantasy Northern Lights, which Klami himself once called his best composition; this is the work’s first-time recording for commercial release.

The cello concerto-like Cheremissian Fantasy has raised comparisons with Stravinsky. It features acclaimed young Finnish cellist Samuli Peltonen as soloist. hief conductor John Storgårds here leads the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, which has a long history of collaborating with Klami and of performing his works.

Uuno Klami: Aurora borealis, Op. 38

Aurora borealis, Op. 38

Uuno Klami: Tsheremissilainen fantasia (Cheremis Fantasia), Op. 19

Part I

Part II

Uuno Klami: Kalevala Suite, Op. 23

I. The Creation of the Earth: Agitato e misterioso

II. The Spout of Spring: Andante, molto tranquillo

III. Terhenniemi: Allegro leggiero e scherzando

IV. Cradle Song for Lemminkainen: Andante mosso

V. The Forging of the Sampo: Allegro moderato

Gramophone Magazine

June 2010

“Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic turn in superb performances...Ondine's sound is of demonstration class...Thoroughly recommended.”

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