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Image Suomi - Finland 100 (A Century of Finnish Classics

2017 marks the centenary of Finland’s independence. This 5 CD collection encompasses works by native composers from 1917 to the present and reflects the flourishing talent, artistry and experimentation of Finland’s classical music scene. These compositions are imbued with the beauty and isolation of the Finnish landscape, while capturing the nuance and personality of each composer.

This anthology features Finnish artists from the Ondine catalogue, including some of the most prestigious orchestras, singers and instrumentalists of the country.

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Image Earquake - The Loudest Classical Music of All Time
This disc brings together some of the loudest, most exciting music ever written – neither music, nor your hearing, will ever be the same! An explosive collection of great tunes, driving rhythms, and sonic thrills. The 140 piece Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Leif Segerstam includes, among others, a 22-person percussion section, four sets of rocks hit with hammers, two heavy metal chains, anvils, steel plates, sirens, and several dozen cannon shots.

The music has been arranged for continuous listening. With that in mind, three quiet “valleys” have been programmed to provide contrast with the very loud music that follows them. You may find that the contrast actually adds to the excitement.

The final track, Hekla (by Jón Leifs), is probably the loudest single piece of music ever written. It describes, in very graphic terms, the eruption of Hekla, Iceland’s largest active volcano.

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Image Symphonies Nos 1 & 7

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Image Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Leif Segerstam, conductor

"...there are no finer performances available of either symphony, and that's saying a lot--but once you hear this exceptional disc I have little doubt that you will agree. This disc is special. (...) Throughout, the playing of the orchestra is simply gorgeous, with extremely characterful string phrasing, cutting but always well-tuned interjections from the winds, and imposing but never crude brass and timpani. Ensemble balances are simply perfect between sections, and the sonics are warmly natural."
(, Artistic Quality 10/10 Sound Quality)

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Image Violin Concertos
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Järvi, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

This CD, his first release on Ondine, features German star violinist Christian Tetzlaff with virtuoso Romantic concertos by Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann.

The Mendelssohn Concerto is one of the most frequently performed violin concertos of all time, with an unfailing popularity among audiences. Also included is Schumann's more seldom recorded Fantasy for Violin and orchestra, which he completed shortly before writing the Concerto. One of Schumann's last significant compositions, the long-lost Violin Concerto saw its première performance only in 1937, and was hailed by Yehudi Menuhin as the "historically missing link of the violin literature."

Christian Tetzlaff is accompanied on this recording by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra - whose Artist-in-Residence he became in 2008/09 - and their acclaimed music director Paavo Järvi.

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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 3 & 4
This awaited release is the first disc in a series of Olli Mustonen and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu performing the Piano Concertos by Sergei Prokofiev. Without a doubt some of the most substantial twentieth century masterworks, Prokofiev’s piano concertos prove the composer’s brilliant piano skills. The composer premiered his First Piano Concerto in 1914. The Third Piano Concerto is the most popular of Prokofiev’s concertos. The piece took several years to complete, and premiered in Chicago in 1921. Prokofiev’s Fourth Piano Concerto (for the left hand) is the most rarely heard of the three concertos featured on this recording. He wrote the piece in 1931 for pianist Paul Wittgenstein, but the work wasn’t performed until 1956. Olli Mustonen is sought after by orchestras all over the world, and he has performed and recorded with such groups as the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, and The Royal Concertgebouw. His recent collaborations with the Finnish Radio Symphony have garnered excellent reviews.

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Image Cello Concertos

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

This exciting new release with Truls Mørk and Vasily Petrenko continues Ondine's successful series of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) recordings.

The recording includes Shostakovich cello concertos, which are among the composer's best-known works, performed by one of the most respected and prestigious contemporary cellists, Truls Mørk, together with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko.

Shostakovich's virtuosic cello concertos were written for Mstislav Rostropovich during some of the composer's most fruitful years in the 1950s and 1960s. Besides dashing virtuosity the concertos include also substantial symphonic elements: the second cello concerto was originally intended as a symphony by the composer but later evolved into a concerto.

This recording is the first release of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under their artistic director Vasily Petrenko, a star conductor of the younger generation, who has recently also recorded an ongoing and award-winning recording cycle of the Shostakovich symphonies.

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Image In this Moonlit Night
Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)
Ivari Ilja (piano)

This second release of star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky for Ondine features Russian Lieder by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Taneyev. Dmitri Hvorostovsky is recognized as one of the leading and most charismatic baritones of our time, performing internationally at such opera houses as the New York Met, and partnering regularly with singers Renée Fleming and Jonas Kaufmann. Together with his longstanding duo partner, Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja, they have frequently performed to great critical acclaim.

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Image Before the Icons / Tapestry of Life


"Here we have one of the greatest living composers working in the full inspiration of his mature style, performed and recorded with world-class passion and intensity. It really doesn't get any better."
( Artistic Quality 10 / Sound Quality 10)

Einojuhani Rautavaara is recognized as one of the most notable Finnish composers after Jean Sibelius. His recordings on Ondine have been bestsellers and garnered numerous awards (including a 1997 Grammy nomination for Angel of Light).

This CD features the mystical composer's latest orchestral works, two poignant testimonies of a mature artistic, spiritual and human personality. The uplifting orchestral Before the Icons (2005) is based on the earlier piano cycle Icons (1955; ODE 710-2) and therefore spans over Rautavaara's entire career. The work drew its inspiration from a book of Orthodox icons. Rautavaara wrote A Tapestry of Life in 2007 after an almost miraculous recovery from an acute illness. "Few contemporary composers are as skilled (...) in using tonality without compromise," wrote the New Zealand Herald, upon its premiere performance.

Leif Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra build on their long-time pedigrees of performing their compatriot's music.

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Image GRAFFITI / Seht die Sonne



"Vinst är lycka! är en av de inskrifter från Pompeji som Magnus Lindberg tonsatt i Graffiti, hans första verk för kör och orkester. Utan berättartråd målas stadslivets existensiella och triviala sidor upp genom en rad klottercitat. Senromantiska, moderna och arkaiska drag i musiken uttrycker såväl antik intensitet och färgrikedom som latinets stringens. Drag av senromantisk tondikt har även det virtuosa orkesterverket Seht die Sonne, som bildar ett expansivt flöde med gestik av Gershwin och klanger av Sibelius. Förstklassiga framföranden.
(Svenska Dagbladet)

Lindberg's conviction, and technical resourcefulness, in creating this sound world can inspire rapturous enjoyment or alienated bafflement (...). The effect is always upbeat, exuberant and laid down with immense panache by the Finnish forces involved, in spectacularly vivid sound.
Arnold Whittall, Gramophone, March 2010

- Magnus Lindberg is one of today's most acclaimed living composers who currently serves as the New York Philharmonic's composer-in-residence.

- This new recording showcases his famed skills as an orchestral composer. Seht die Sonne ("Behold the Sun"; 2007) is an ideal example of his recent, more approachable style.

- GRAFFITI (2009) is Magnus Lindberg's first large-scale choral work with orchestra, which earned him the 2009 Finnish Composer Society's Award. The sung texts are a selection of 2000-year-old Latin graffiti inscriptions from the walls of excavated Pompeii houses. Their themes cover a range of aspects of domestic, political or civic life, including even some graphic language. International performances of this vital music (with hints of Stravinsky, Britten and Orff) have been received with great public and critical acclaim.

- Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra are experienced champions of their compatriot's music; their recording of Sculpture / Campana in aria / Concerto for orchestra was listed by the New York Times among a selection of the 22 most notable recordings of 2008. The Clarinet Concerto recording won best contemporary / première recording at both the Gramophone Awards and the BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2006.

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Image Aleksis Kivi - Opera in Two Acts (2 CD)
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Image The House of the Sun (Auringon talo) - Opera in Tw
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Image 4CD-BOX: Orchestral Music
Avanti Chamber Orchestra
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Toimii Ensemble
Sakari Oramo, conductor
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

"Magnus Lindberg is one of the most important post-1945 orchestral composers. He has managed to create a unique synthesis: a distinct, personal, approachable language combined with orchestral virtuosity in the spirit of Strauss, Ravel and Stravinsky." - Esa-Pekka Salonen

This 4-CD collector's box contains recordings of fifteen orchestral works by Grammy-nominated Magnus Lindberg. This specially priced anthology highlights the Finnish composer's oeuvre from 1982 to 2005, a period that follows the evolution of his compositional style from the early days of his career to more recent times. The featured works have helped to cement Lindberg's international position at the forefront of orchestral composition and have garnered him several important awards along the way (from the Prix Italia 1986 to the Wihuri Sibelius Prize 2003). He has been The New York Philharmonic's Composer-in-Residence since 2009.

These recordings were made between 1989 and 2008 and have been previously released by Ondine to international popular and critical acclaim. The featured artists are:
- Sakari Oramo conducting the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Tendenza; Corrente; Coyote Blues; Arena 2) and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Gran Duo; Chorale; Concerto for Orchestra; Sculpture);

- Esa-Pekka Salonen leading the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Kraft;

- Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Kinetics), the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Marea; Joy) and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Corrente II; Arena; Feria).

The recordings with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra were made by and co-produced with the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE.

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Image 4CD-BOX: Works for Orchestra

"Den finska tonsättaren Kaija Saariaho fyller 60 i år. Det firas av Ondine som under lång tid följt hennes karriär och nu skapat denna antologi med hennes främsta orkesterverk. Alla har funnits utgivna tidigare men här har de samlats i en behändig box. Genom den får man följa hennes utveckling från de tidiga internationella genombrottsverken "Lichtbogen" och "Grammaire des rêves" från 80-talet, via de betydande verken från 90-talet ända fram till musik skriven häromåret. Särskilt violinkonserten "Graal théâtre" med John Storgårds som solist och sviten ur operan "L'Amour de loin" kan nämnas. Allt håller högsta nivå och säkert kommer skivorna att betraktas som klassiska referensinspelningar av Saariahos verk under lång tid framöver."

"The life-force of Kaija Saariaho's music is its feast of sensory awakening and shocking emotional nakedness. A raw honesty permeates the atmosphere of mystery. This music is an obsessive, immersive and magical weather system bringing ecstasy, cleansing, and renewal."
(Peter Sellars)

On the occasion of her 60th anniversary in 2012, this 4-CD collector's box contains recordings of fourteen orchestral works by Grammy-awarded Kaija Saariaho, many of them featuring vocal or instrumental soloists. This specially priced anthology highlights the Finnish composer's oeuvre from 1986 to 2007, a period that follows the evolution of her compositional style from the early days of her career to more recent times. The featured works have helped to cement Saariaho's international position as one of the most successful living composers and have garnered her several important awards along the way (Grawemeyer Award 2003, Musical America's Composer of the Year 2008, MIDEM Classical Award 2009, Wihuri Sibelius Prize 2009, Sonning Music Prize 2011). Kaija Saariaho has been the New York Carnegie Hall's Composer-in-Residence since the beginning of the 2011-12 Season.

The recordings were made between 1992 and 2008 have been previously released by Ondine to international popular and critical acclaim. The featured conductors are:

• Hannu Lintu and the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Lichtbogen; Grammaire des rêves; Caliban's Dream; Solar; Graal théâtre; Miranda's Lament);
•Esa-Pekka Salonen leading the L.A. Philharmonic in Du cristal ...à la fumée;
•Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Oltra mar; Nympéa Reflection; Cinq reflets de 'L'Amour de loin');
•Christoph Eschenbach leading the Orchestre de Paris (Orion; Notes on Light; Mirage).

Several works include soloists such as:
•Soprano Anu Komsi and contralto Riikka Rantanen in Grammaire des rêves;
•Flutist Petri Alanko and cellist Anssi Karttunen in ...à la fumée;
•Baritone Petteri Salomaa in Caliban's Dream;
•Violinist John Storgårds in Graal théâtre;
•Soprano Anu Komsi in Miranda's Lament;
•Tapiola Chamber Choir in Oltra mar;
•Soprano Pia Freund and baritone Gabriel Suovanen in Cinq reflets de 'L'Amour de loin';
•Cellist Anssi Karttunen in Notes on Light;
•Soprano Karita Mattila and cellist Anssi Karttunen in Mirage.

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Image 4CD-BOX: Choral Works
Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Philharmonic Chorus, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Timo Nuoranne, Eric-Olof Söderström, Leif Segerstam

After releasing boxes featuring Einojuhani Rautaavara's eight Symphonies and twelve Concertos, Ondine is pleased to release a four-CD box of his Choral Works. This box includes both sacred and secular works, and shows the composer's diversity in style, expression and content.

Rautavaara is perhaps the most well-known and certainly the most recorded living Finnish composer today.

These recordings feature two acclaimed Finnish mixed choirs - the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir and the Finnish Philharmonic Chorus - as well as the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under conductors Timo Nuoranne, Eric-Olof Söderström and Leif Segerstam. The recordings are taken from existing acclaimed releases on Ondine.

Canticum Mariae Virginis
Herran rukous
Two Psalms
Ave Maria
Missa duodecanonica
Ei koskaan häviä
Marjatan jouluvirsi
Joulun virsi
Psalm of Invocation
Evening Hymn
Canción de nuestro tiempo
Halavan himmean alla
Praktisch Deutsch
Och glädjen den dansar
Lorca Suite
Ludus verbalis
Nirvana Dharma
Die erste Elegie
On the Last Frontier
True & False Unicorn

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Image Chamber Music I-VIII
One of the internationally most well-known Finnish composers, Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935) celebrates his 80th birthday in 2015. As a tribute, Ondine is releasing the complete Chamber Music (I-VIII) series by the composer.

The 2 CD set includes virtuosic chamber works performed by, among others, the award-winning Meta4 String Quartet, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, cellist Arto Noras and conductors Ville Matvejeff and Ralf Gothóni, who are also both appearing here as soloists.

Chamber Music VI and VII receive their world premiere recordings, as well as Ralf Gothóni's adaption of the Chamber Music V for piano and strings (originally for accordion and string orchestra).

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Image Rasputin - Opera in Three Acts / NTSC version
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Image Helsinki Recital


Recorded live at the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, 1 & 8 October 2006. Directed for Video by Aarno Cronvall.

- This new release pays tribute to Finnish superstar Karita Mattila ("one of the most interesting, exciting sopranos in the world today" - Gramophone) on the occasion of her 50th birthday in September 2010.

- This Video DVD features a "spectacular souvenir of her live shows" (International Record Review): a recital performance which Karita Mattila gave to a compatriot audience at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, in October 2006.

- International critics praised the recorded sell-out concerts as showcasing, "Karita Mattila at her glorious peak... No wonder the Helsinki audience went berserk." (The Daily Telegraph).

- This is the much-awaited first-ever release of Helsinki Recital on DVD; it includes previously unreleased encore material.

- The original sound recording of Helsinki Recital, released as hybrid SACD in June 2007, became a major commercial success and garnered the highest accolades throughout the international press, including BBC Music Magazine 'Song Choice' and Gramophone 'Editor's Choice'.

- Includes a free bonus CD compilation featuring Karita Mattila and pianist Ilmo Ranta with German and Finnish standard repertoire Lied songs.

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Image Red Line, The / Punainen viiva
THE RED LINE ("Punainen viiva")
- Opera in Two Acts, Op. 46 (1978)

Libretto (sung in Finnish): Aulis Sallinen, based on the novel of the same name by Ilmari Kianto

Topi - a Crofter: JORMA HYNNINEN
Riika - his Wife: PÄIVI NISULA

Finnish National Opera Orchestra
Finnish National Opera Chorus
Tsuumi Dance Company

Stage Director: PEKKA MILONOFF

Set Designer: EEVA IJÄS
Costume Designer: ERIKA TURUNEN
Choreographer: ARI NUMMINEN
Lighting Designer: JUHA WESTMAN

Recorded live in Helsinki, Finnish National Opera, May 2008;
Directed for video by Aarno Cronvall

EXTRAS: Interviews with Aulis Sallinen (composer), Pekka Milonoff (stage director), Mikko Franck (conductor), Jorma Hynninen (lead role)

DVD Video [115' • 44' Extras]
Subtitles: Finnish / English
NTSC colour • 16:9
5.1 Dolby Digital Surround / PCM Stereo
Region Code 0 • English Menu

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Image Aleksis Kivi

- Opera in Three Acts (1996) (sung and recited in Finnish)

Libretto: Einojuhani Rautavaara

Aleksis Kivi .................. JORMA HYNNINEN
August Ahlqvist ........ JANNE REINIKAINEN
Charlotta ...................... RIIKKA RANTANEN
Hilda ..................... PAULIINA LINNOSAARI
Young Alexis ..................... VILLE RUSANEN
J.L. Runeberg ............... TOBIAS ZILLIACUS

Finnish National Opera Orchestra
Stage Director: PEKKA MILONOFF

Set Designer: EEVA IJÄS
Costume Designer: NIINA PASANEN
Lighting Designer: JUHA WESTMAN
Choreographer: ARI NUMMINEN

Recording made by the Finnish Broadcasting Company - YLE in Helsinki, Finnish National Opera (Almi Hall), October 2010. Directed for video by Hannu Kamppila

BONUS: The Making of ALEKSIS KIVI (interviews with Rautavaara, Hynninen & Franck)

DVD Video [90', 23' Extras]
Subtitles: Finnish / English
NTSC colour, 16:9
5.1 Dolby Digital Surround / PCM Stereo

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Image King Lear


One of the internationally most well-known Finnish composers, Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935) celebrates his 80th birthday in 2015. As a tribute, Ondine is releasing the 2002 production of his most latest opera, King Lear with the same cast that premiered the work at the Finnish National Opera in 2000.

King Lear's premiere was a great success with a strong cast of singers under the direction of Okko Kamu. The title role of King Lear is sung by the legendary bass Matti Salminen. Other singing roles include Lilli Paasikivi, Taina Piira, Satu Vihavainen, Petri Lindroos, Kai Pitkänen, Jorma Hynninen, Sauli Tiilikainen and Jorma Silvasti.

The libretto of the opera is based on the world-famous tragedy by William Shakespeare which tells the tragic story of the English king Lear, who struggles with both members of his own family and his enemies, as well as with his developing madness.

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Image Complete Works for Male Choir (2 CD)

"For Rautavaara completists, this will be an essential buy, containing as it does much that's not available elsewhere. It should find a far wider audience, though. Rich in inspiration, fabulously sung and addictive in the listening, this shows off the composer - just turned 80 - in wonderfully imaginative form. One to return to."

This new recording features Einojuhani Rautavaara's complete works for male choir - one of the most popular genres in the Finnish cult composer's artistic output. The YL Male Voice Choir (Helsinki University Choir) is one of the world's most prominent male voice choirs and the prominent commissioner and dedicatee of most of Rautavaara's - and also Jean Sibelius's - works for male voice choir. It is led by its conductor Matti Hyökki. The Talla Vocal Ensemble is a smaller group of 10 singers and was originally founded by Pasi Hyökki within the YL Male Voice Choir.

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Image Romeo and Juliet / Serenade for Strings / Brass Qu
A double love affair... Romeo & Juliet meet The Philadelphia Orchestra - The Philadelphia Orchestra's performances of Tchaikovsky are legendary. This release, under Christoph Eschenbach, features works where The Philadelphia Orchestra is definitive in its interpretation and sound: Romeo and Juliet, String Serenade, and Francesca da Rimini. Am added bonus will be, for many, the discovery of two brass quintets by Victor Ewald, a Tchaikovsky contemporary, which here highlights the world-renowned brass members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Image Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique) / Apotheosis
Also includes Rautavaara's Apotheosis.

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Image The Chopin Album
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Image Alhambra Fantasy


"With this release Ondine has made an impressive start to the Anderson discography"

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Image True & False Unicorn

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Image Violin Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 5
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Image Symphony No 4 (Romantic)
Orchestre de Paris
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

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Image Garden of Spaces / Clarinet Concerto / Cantus Arct

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Image Musical Soirée in Ainola - Works for Violin and Pi
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Image Du cristal / ...à la fumée / Nymphéa / Sept Papill
Kronos Quartet
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Petri Alanko, flute
Hank Dutt, viola
David Harrington, violin
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello
Anssi Karttunen, cello
John Sherba, violin

The Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen performs these volatile and fugitive pieces (Sept papillons) with grace and clarity. (...) The Los Angeles Philharmonic manages in an enchanting way to make audible what constitutes the basic components of Saariaho's elegant construction of colour and sound: finding the balance through extremes in articulation, phrasing and sound, as well as artfully delicate transition. (...) This CD proves that contemporary music is not necessarily austere or ethereal, but can present itself in a very approachable and sensual way. (...) The entire production is a splendid and entirely successful example of contemporary sound magic.
(Tobias Pfleger,, October 8, 2004, Recommended*****)

This CD features four works by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho: Sept papillons is combined with three previously released recordings (ODE 804-2, 1992) of Du cristal, ...à la fumée and Nymphéa.

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Image Gaspard de la Nuit / Le Tombeau de Couperin
Orchestre de Paris
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Tzimon Barto, piano
Carole Bouquet, narrator

This release marks the 20th anniversary of the Ondine label in 2005. His personal great appreciation for the music of Ravel prompted Reijo Kiilunen to name his company after the first movement of Ravel's piano cycle Gaspard de la nuit, when he started business in 1985.

This CD includes the title piece Ondine both in its orchestration by Marius Constant, performed by the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach, as well as in the original piano version, performed by Tzimon Barto. Gaspard de la nuit was written on an inspiration drawn from three poems by Aloysius Bertrand (1807-1841), which are also included on this recording, recited by the great French actress Carole Bouquet.

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Image Lastenlaulujen aarreaitta
Lastenlaulujen aarreaitta (Our Children's Treasure Trove) features child soprano Oskari Pennanen, soprano Mari Palo and baritone Kai "Kuju" Hyttinen with famous Finnish children songs. They are accompanied by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Leif Segerstam.

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Image Cello Concerto / Horn Concerto
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Image A Basket of Wild Strawberries - Keyboard Jewels by
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Image Sulle kauneimmat lauluni laulan - Serenades
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Image Piano Concerto / Astorale / Tangonator
Tapiola Sinfonietta
Jaakko Kuusisto, conductor
Jaakko Kuusisto, violin
Iiro Rantala, piano

... this emotional roller coster ride, this fire work of the senses is the most outrageous and exciting thing we could imagine being performed in a classical concert hall at the moment.
(Tobias Fischer, tokafi online magazine, February 2006)

kr 80 (kr 159)
Image Song of My Heart - Orchestral Songs
This first anthology of Rautavaara's orchestral songs will be welcomed by all fans of Finnish cult composer Rautavaara's music, especially by those who love his successful operas. The booklet contains liner notes written by the composer himself, as well as the lyrics both in the original language and in English translation.

A beautifully produced survey of Rautavaara's songs. (...) Ondine's sound, as ever, is first rate.

- Guy Rickards, The Gramophone, December 2006

This production combines half a century of musical poetry. (...) A wonderful, sometimes even dreamlike recording, which requires much calm from the listener, but gives back to him at least as much calm and beauty.

- Rasmus van Rijn, Klassik-Heute, 10 September 2006

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Image Symphony No. 3 / Manhattan Trilogy


It has been said that the heroic Third Symphony, written after his student years in 1961, almost sounds like Bruckner. Rautavaara's own notes in the CD booklet declare that "the four movements breathe in a solemn, Brucknerian swelling - akin to the rhythm of the land and the sea."

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Image Malmsténin Aapinen - Rakkaimmat lastenlaulut
This CD contains the sound recording of the acclaimed stage production Malmsténin Aapinen ("Malmstén's Alphabet"). A Finnish star cast including bass singer Matti Salminen and actresses Eija Ahvo and Thelma Romu guide the listener through the nostalgic world of Georg Malmstén's children songs. Jyri Nissilä conducts the Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Kameleontti Children's Choir.Georg Malmstén (1902-1981) was probably the most popular Finnish entertainer of the 20th century. He originally aspired to become an opera singer and actually performed with Aino Ackté at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in 1930. After his records had become best-sellers, he moved towards a career in popular music. He eventually made over 800 recordings, ranging from children's songs to foxtrots and tangos. His children's songs have been hugely popular in Finland.The 2008 stage production of Malmsténin Aapinen is a co-production of the Finnish National Opera and Tapiola Sinfonietta, written and directed by Eija Ahvo.

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Image Piano Concerto No. 3 / Violin concerto (piano vers
"Han utnyttjar i stället sin extrema förmåga att kontrollera pianoklangen på det mest subtila och skimrande vackra vis."

Olli Mustonen continues his acclaimed cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos. In this second volume, the visionary Finnish pianist and conductor turns his talent to the Third Piano Concerto in C minor and the Piano Concerto which Beethoven arranged himself from Violin Concerto of 1906. While this Piano Concerto is seldom played in concert, with only a handful of recordings available, Mustonen regularly puts it on his programmes, and it has become one of his signature pieces.

As on the previous disc, Mustonen performs with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, with whom he has maintained close artistic ties for years, accompanying this Beethoven project with acclaimed tour performances in various European countries.

The booklet includes extensive liner notes written by noted Beethoven scholar and author of the new complete Piano Concerto Edition, Dr. Hans-Werner Küthen of the Beethoven-Archiv, Bonn.

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Image Sculpture / Campana in aria / Concerto for Orchest
This CD features three works by Magnus Lindberg from 1998-2005, recorded here for the first time. Sakari Oramo leads the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Esa Tapani performs the solo part of the horn concerto Campana in aria. Magnus Lindberg is one of Finland's leading international contemporary composers, together with Kaija Saariaho and Einojuhani Rautavaara. Commissions from the world's leading orchestras, such as The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic and his many recordings on Ondine and other major labels have helped to position him at the forefront of orchestral composition. Energy, colour and a thrilling density of material are the hallmarks of his recent style and the the works recorded here for the first time offer entrancing examples thereof. This disc follows on from the great success of the previous Clarinet Concerto recording, which was named best contemporary / première recording both at the Gramophone Awards and the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2006 (ODE 1038-2). It also featured conductor Sakari Oramo and the Finnish RSO who are recognized experts in the field of their compatriot's music.

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Image Scene d'amore
This disc features the great lyric soprano Soile Isokoski with popular love scenes and arias from 19th-century Italian, French and Russian operas marking her greatest successes on stage. Included are the famous aria "Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì" from Puccini's La Bohème, with which Soile Isokoski gave her opera début in 1989, as well as Marguerite's aria "Il était un roi de Thulé" from Gounod's Faust and the famous 'Letter scene' from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, which she sung at the Finnish National Opera, in 2006, to international acclaim.

Audiences and critics hail the Finnish soprano as one of the finest singers in the world. Soile Isokoski's recent orchestral albums on Ondine (Sibelius's Luonnotar and orchestral songs, ODE 1080-5; Mozart Arias, ODE 1043-2; R. Strauss's Four Last Songs and other orchestral songs, ODE 982-2) have been praised as top-choice recordings and earned the highest distinctions such as the BBC Music Magazine Disc of the Year 2007 Award, a 2007 MIDEM Classical Award, and a 2002 Gramophone Award.

Soile Isokoski is accompanied on this disc by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of young star conductor Mikko Franck.

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Image Notes on Light / Orion / Mirage
Karita Mattila, Soprano
Anssi Karttunen, Cello
Orchestre de Paris
Christoph Eschenbach


"Kaija Saariaho is the Finnish composer, alongside Magnus Lindberg, who most excites me at present. Like her fellow countryman, she finds textures that feel absolutely fresh, vibrant and full of colour. Her journeys of imagination here are gripping. And it's good to see such high-profile performers in new music - perhaps especially the sublime Karita Mattila."


"En kombination av avantgardistisk spets och färgskimrande omedelbarhet borgar för lustfyllt lyssnande."

"Violoncell, flöjt och kvinnlig sångröst återkommer ofta i Kaija Saariahos musik. I dubbelkonserten ­Mirage (2007) används till och med cello och sopran som solistduo. Texten, av den mexikanska shamanen María Sabina, talar om en helig örnkvinna. Karita Mattilas extatiska sopran kompletteras raffinerat av Anssi Karttunens cello. Notes on light (2006), för ­cello och orkester, anspelar på T S Eliots The Waste Land. I fem scener reflekterar och absorberar orkestern Karttunens ljusa, brinnade cello­klanger. Den mytiske jägarens energi kontrasteras mot en kosmisk orörlighet i det tresatsiga orkesterverket Orion (2002). Lysande framföranden alltigenom."
(Svenska Dagbladet)

Soprano Karita Mattila and female composer Kaija Saariaho share not only popular star status in the classical musical world (with respective awards by Musical America as Composer of the Year 2008 and as Musician of the Year 2005), but also a fruitful musical collaboration and friendship. Its latest output - after the acclaimed song cycle Quatre Instants in 2006 - is Mirage, the setting of a trance-induced incantation text by the Mexican healer María Sabína (1894-1985). This recording features the work's world première performance in Paris, France on March 13, 2008. The ecstatic 15-minute piece is written for the unprecedented combination of soprano, cello and orchestra, featuring cellist Anssi Karttunen and the Orchestre de Paris Orchestre de Paris under its music director Christoph Eschenbach. Mr. Eschenbach - who for the Ondine label also records together with The Philadelphia Orchestra - is known as one of the top champions of contemporary music among the world's leading conductors. The Times raved about Mirage, stating, "Few singers other than Mattila will be able to hurl the voice into such high ecstasy, bend its tones and express the entire transformation in such racked yet exultant body language. (...) this is a small but important work in Saariaho's increasingly fruitful development." Anssi Karttunen performs also in Notes on Light, a cello concerto which Saariaho wrote for him in 2006. The CD also includes Orion, the largest orchestral work Saariaho has written to date.

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Image Asrael Symphony

"I think reviewer David Gutman is right to hear something of Mahler in Suk's rarely recorded Asrael. Certainly Ashkenazy and the Helsinki Phil find a direct and gripping emotional line here, but there's also something distinctly otherwordly underlining the whole (a touch of the Prokofievs?). Anyway, this recording is a powerful declamation of Suk's own voice. But Mahlerians will love it!"

"I was saved by music," wrote Czech composer Josef Suk about his 'Asrael' Symphony, a work born out of tragedy and the loss of his teacher Antonín Dvorák in 1904. While composing the first part to a funeral symphony titled after the biblical angel of death who leads souls of deceased to the land of eternal blissfulness, Suk also lost his wife (Dvorák's favorite daughter Otilie). Suk's greatest work remains a masterpiece of the late-Romantic repertoire which can easily be compared in scope and emotional range to Bruckner and Mahler.

An expert in Czech music, Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in a masterful and intense performance of this deeply moving work, which has never before been released in super audio quality.

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Image A Finnish Songbook (Elämäni lauluja)
Matti Salminen is one of the leading authentic bass singers of our time. The winner of two Grammies owes his legendary reputation to a uniquely powerful voice, and he continues to sing Wagner, Mozart and Mussorgsky roles at nearly every prominent opera house and concert hall in the world. On this new recording (entitled Elämäni lauluja - "Songs of my life"), Matti Salminen performs rarities offside the standard repertoire and delivers a personal account of orchestral songs from compatriot Finnish composers, including the great Jean Sibelius. Accompanied by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 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, and this exceptional disc represents an ideal vehicle.

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Image Aurora Borealis - The Magic of Northern Lights
The Northern Lights have been a dazzling natural phenomenon for thousands of years and have contributed to the image of Finland as a fascinating country full of mystery. This special hybrid product provides an introduction into the magic of Northern Lights through 13 superb photographs, a guiding text and 12 tracks of Finnish classical music. Auroral expert Jouni Jussila has been researching Northern Lights for over a decade and has reaped international awards for his photographs. His richly illustrated text explains what causes auroras, how native people explained them, in which shapes and colours they appear, and where/when they can best be observed. The included CD compiles excellent performances of Finnish orchestral music which recreate the unique atmosphere experienced when observing these intriguing celestial displays.

This product is an ideal cultural visiting card and can serve as a gift for friends, for business partners or simply for oneself.

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Image Duos
Pekka Kuusisto, Finland's cutting-edge violinist, is featured on this new album together with acclaimed guitarist Ismo Eskelinen. Together, they perform entertaining and unjustly neglected duo works for violin and guitar by Niccolò Paganini.

Upon the recording, Pekka Kuusisto commented: "As music has moved over the centuries to bigger and bigger halls to reach increasingly large audiences, intimate expression has had to give way to an ever bigger sound. And that is a shame. I believe that expressive speaking is always more interesting than screaming. In fact, the surest way of getting people to pay attention is to whisper. You do not need to sell your soul to the devil to realize that not even Paganini's music is a continuing orgy of bliss. There should be no such thing as a basic, all-purpose sound - that would be boring. Every musical entity should on any given occasion be endowed with a character that fits into its context but is clearly independent. I believe that this is what compelling performances are made of, and I hope that what we are doing will be acceptable to you. But not to worry - we will perform even if it is not."

Hailed by the British press as "absolutely mesmerising" and "maybe the best thing to happen to classical music in years," (The Guardian - U.K., 16 Jan 2007), Pekka Kuusisto is acclaimed for his tone and technique, as well as for the spontaneity and freshness of his playing. His award winning recording of Sibelius's Violin Concerto remains a bestseller in the Ondine catalogue and was only recently listed by the BBC Music Magazine (June 2009) among the best ever renditions of this work.

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Image Northern Lights / Kalevala Suite / Cheremissian Fa

Uuno Klami (1900-1961) belongs to one of the most clearly cosmopolitan figures of Finnish music after Sibelius. Klami's view of the Kalevala is closer to Stravinsky's paganism than to that of Finnish national romanticism.

Klami took rich influences from his student years in Paris and Vienna. Yet, these influences he handles in a way that is natural and convincing, blending them into his own musical language and personality.

This disc features some of Klami's most remarkable orchestral works; the colorful Kalevala Suite, folklorish Cheremissian Fantasy (for Cello and Orchestra), and the Respighian-style Northern Lights (Aurore Boréale), which is a wartime metaphor of human loneliness during a time of terror, and here recorded for the first time for commercial release.

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Image Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, The
Sergei Rachmaninov's setting of the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom - Eastern Christianity's common Eucharistic service liturgy - is regarded as one of the great cornerstones of 20th-century sacred music. This work of symphonic proportions was composed in the summer of 1910, in less than three weeks. After its completion, Rachmaninov wrote to a friend that he had been carried away by the project and that it had been a long time since he had written music with such pleasure. The outcome was judged by contemporary church officials as "...absolutely wonderful, even too beautiful... it is not church music."

This a cappella choral work is performed by one of the foremost choruses in the world, the Latvian Radio Choir, under the direction of Sigvards Klava. The soloist roles are sung by Karlis Rutentals (tenor; celebrant priest) and Gundrars Dzilums (bass; deacon). The recording was made at the Riga Dome Cathedral in March/April 2008.

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Image Unexpected Encounters - A Selection of Haydn piano

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Image Works for Children's Choir
Tapiola Choir
Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra
Pasi Hyökki, conductor

This CD features works for children's choir by Einojuhani Rautavaara, mostly written for and here performed by the world-renowned Tapiola Choir under their music director Pasi Hyökki.

These pieces cover a wide range of topics and moods, extending from humorous nursery rhymes to more serious philosophical issues and religious solemnity. The album title piece is the one-act choral opera Marjatta matala neiti ("Marjatta the Lowly Maiden") for soloists, children's choir, and instrumental chamber ensemble, based on a poem from the Kalevala epos. The half-hour "mystery play" tells the story of Marjatta who becomes impregnated after eating a lingonberry and gives birth to a son - thus the Finnish mythological adaptation of the Christian story of Jesus' conception and birth from a virgin.

Finnish cult composer Rautavaara is one of the rare composers to have written extensive and substantial repertoire for children's choir. More generally, his major output for mixed and for male choir has cemented his position as one of today's most popular composers of choral music.

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Image Kaivos (The Mine)

"Till lika delar inspirerad av händelserna i Ungern 1956 och Sartres existentialistiska filosofi - enligt vilken vi bär ansvaret för våra egna öden, också då det politiska trycket är stort - utgör Rautavaaras första opera "Kaivos" ("Gruvan") en modern tragedi. Dess historia är något av en tragedi i sig själv. Att verket ännu inväntar en traditionell iscensättning (en tv-uppsättning från 1963 är det närmaste man kommit) visar dessvärre att den existentiella frimodigheten haft mindre betydelse än det politiska duckandet bland finska musikbyråkrater. I synnerhet kollegan och operachefen Tauno Pylkkänen kom att stå i vägen, först i egenskap av kompositör till den opera som officiellt utsågs som segrare i den tävling där juryn valt Rautavaaras bidrag, sedan genom att i egenskap av operachef effektivt förhindra uppsättningar av "Gruvan". Först i höstas fick verket ett konsertant framförande, som nu föreligger på cd. Och "Gruvan" visar sig vara en våldsamt intensiv och förtätad historia i den friare tolvtonsstil som man förknippar med Alban Berg. Aggressiva tirader omväxlar med kärvt lyriska avsnitt och smidigt infogade pastischer. Att verket dessutom framstår som dramatiskt tacksamt gör dess öde än mer tankeväckande - och dess återupprättelse värd all uppmärksamhet."
(Dagens Nyheter)

Jorma Hynninen, baritone
Tuomas Katajala, tenor
Jaakko Kortekangas, baritone
Hannu Niemelä, baritone
Petri Pussila, bass-baritone
Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, soprano
Mati Turi, tenor

Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor

This recording features the twelve-tone opera Kaivos (The Mine) by Einojuhani Rautavaara who also wrote the libretto (sung in Finnish). The opera in three acts tells the story of an uprising by mine workers somewhere in Europe at the end of the 1950s.

Rautavaara wrote this, his first opera, from 1957-62 and today considers it, "perhaps the best opera I have ever written, a real thriller whose underlying theme - that a human being defines himself through his choices - is nevertheless universal."

This CD release represents a real highlight in the work's exceptional history: the recording was made in connection with the première live (concert) performance of the opera in Tampere (Finland) in September 2010. The opera's underlying thematic allusions to the 1956 Hungarian uprising originally impeded a staged performance in Finland, a neighboring country of the then-Soviet Union. Instead, a TV production was broadcast in 1963, making Kaivos the first Finnish Television opera.

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Image Violin Concerto / Jubilees / Souvenir
PEKKA KUUSISTO, violin & director


Ondine continues its collaboration with Magnus Lindberg by presenting the world première recordings of his Violin Concerto, and the chamber orchestra works Jubilees and Souvenir.

Magnus Lindberg's music is always instrumentally idiomatic and powerful. The soloist part in the Violin Concerto is demanding, yet gratifying, and rich. Jubilees is an adaption of earlier piano miniatures and Lindberg made them resemble the original as closely as possible, yet illustrating the dimensions of instrumental thinking and transforming them into an idiomatic large chamber ensemble texture. Premiered in New York in 2010 Souvenir, a kind of homage to Gérard Grisey and Franco Donatoni, ranges musically from chamber-music lucidity to an almost Romantic orchestral opulence.

Internationally renowned violinist Pekka Kuusisto is recognised for his fresh approach to the repertoire and for being a strong advocate of new music. On this recording he appears as soloist and director of the Tapiola Sinfonietta, an orchestra with which he works together on a frequent basis.

The Tapiola Sinfonietta, founded in 1987, emphasises the vital role of each musician and represents uncompromising quality, be it in the music of the Viennese-Classical period, modern classics or contemporary music. Their broad discography includes many critically acclaimed CDs.

Magnus Lindberg, known in the first place as composer, has always been inspired by instrumental qualities and by the elements of musicianship and performing. Appearing as pianist on an earlier recording of his chamber works (ODE 1199-2), he appears for the first time also as conductor of his own works on this release. Between 2009 and 2012 Lindberg was Composer-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic, with new works including Souvenir among others.

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Image Works for Violin and Piano
Pekka Kuusisto, violin
Paavali Jumppanen, piano

This recording features the complete works for violin and piano by Einojuhani Rautaavara (b. 1928), including many world premières.

The performers are two of the most fascinating talents from Finland who are know for a fresh approach: violinist Pekka Kuusisto ("the very embodiment of joyful music-making" - The Toronto Star), who has made numerous praised recordings for Ondine; and pianist Paavali Jumppanen ("immense power and an extraordinary range of colours" - The New York Times), who has recorded, for Deutsche Grammophon, Pierre Boulez's complete Piano Sonatas to oustanding press acclaim.

This CD also includes Rautavaara's opus 1, the piano suite Pelimannit (The Fiddlers), which is based on traditional polska tunes for the fiddle. Following Pekka Kuusisto's concept, this recording for the first time presents the original violin tunes, alternating with the respective movements from Rautavaara's piano suite.

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Image Cello Concerto No. 2 (Towards the Horizon)

"Den finske tonsättaren ­Einojuhani Rautavaara har sedan mitten av 1990-talet uppmärksammats allt mer internationellt. Nu drygt 80 år gammal är han fortfarande högst verksam, ­något som denna nya skiva ger exempel på. Det äldsta verket här är orkesterstycket "Modificata" från sent 1950-tal. Musiken präglas av den allmänna modernism som var ­typisk för nordisk musik då och ännu är tonsättarens personliga stil i sin linda. Slagverkskonserten "Incantations" och den än vassare cellokonserten "Towards the Horizon", skrivna så sent som 2008-2009, är däremot Rautavaara i högform med sjungande melodik och långa ­bågar. Slagverkaren Colin Currie och cellisten Truls Mörk är lysande och engagerade ­solister."

Truls Mørk, cello
Colin Currie, percussion
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / John Storgårds

These world première recordings combine Einojuhani Rautavaara's latest two concertos with an orchestral piece from his early Modernist period (Modificata; 1957/2003).

The virtuoso Percussion Concerto Incantations (2008) features percussion soloist Colin Currie, who is the dedicatee and première performer of this work. Currie wrote himself the virtuoso cadenza to the final movement. Rautavaara's Second Cello Concerto Towards the Horizon (2009) was written for cellist Truls Mørk and plays continuously in one 20-minute movement. Reviewing the première performance the Star Tribune noted that the composer "acknowledges a 'taste for eternity' and a vain of mysticsm runs through his work."

Einojuhani Rautavaara is recognized as one of the most notable Finnish composers after Jean Sibelius. His recordings on Ondine have been bestsellers and garnered numerous awards (including a recent GRAMMY nomination for his opera Kaivos).

Under their chief conductor John Storgårds, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra builds on long-time pedigrees of performing their compatriot's music.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5 (piano transc.)
This CD release features the popular Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 by Jean Sibelius, performed by Henri Sigfridsson on piano.

Ever since its triumphant premiere, the Second Symphony has been one of Sibelius's most frequently performed works; of his symphonies, only the Fifth comes close in popularity. The works' grandiose Romanticism is brought into sharp highlight in these transcriptions for piano solo.

Finnish pianist Henri Sigfridsson has used the Sibelius-sanctioned arrangement of the Fifth Symphony by Karl Ekman as a basis for his own adaptation of the Second Symphony. Following in the tradition of Liszt's Beethoven transcriptions, these arrangements are faithful to the original yet exploit the potential of the piano in many ways.

Henri Sigfridsson has emerged as one of the major musical talents from Finland since he won, in 2005, the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Bonn. This is his first solo album for Ondine.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo

This new release features the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sakari Oramo performing Sergei Prokofiev's Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6.

These two symphonies, composed in 1944 and 1947, are very different in mood, but stylistically closely related. The Fifth was written amid the chaos of the Second World War and seeks to find a positive solution; but in the Sixth, completed soon after war, the mood is darker. Both feature Prokofiev's melodic writing at its best.

Sakari Oramo, following his tenure as Chief Conductor of the CBSO, served as chief conductor of the Finnish RSO from 2003 to 2012. As of autumn 2013 he will be the chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. With the Finnish RSO, he has won considerable critical acclaim from recordings of 20th-century and contemporary Finnish repertoire.

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Image Ärkamine / Awakening
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Sinfonietta Riga
Daniel Reuss, conductor

This CD release showcases a cross section of choral and orchestral works by Erkki-Sven Tüür, who with Arvo Pärt counts among the most popular Estonian composers internationally.

The central piece on this disc is the world première recording of Awakening (Ärkamine), written in 2011. It features the acclaimed Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Sinfonietta Riga under the direction of Daniel Reuss. According to Tüür, Awakening contemplates the springtime mystery of nature's rebirth, embracing both the Christian conception of the world and the rather more pantheistic comprehension of creation peculiar to ancient Estonians.

Also included is The Wanderer's Evening Song, a choral setting of poems by Ernst Enno and written for the EPCC's 20th anniversary in 2001. Insula deserta, for string orchestra, became Tüür's first great success outside of Estonia, when first performed in Finland in 1989.

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Image Olli Mustonen: Scriabin
Olli Mustonen, piano

This CD features Olli Mustonen with piano works by Alexander Scriabin, which have become his signature pieces in recital concerts.

The virtuoso sets of Etudes and Preludes cover a wide range of late-Romantic expressions, from heroic to religious, ecstatic to melancholic. The Sonata No. 10 is regarded as one of Scriabin's greatest works. The collection culminates with the pianistic tour-de-force of Vers la flamme, an astonishing piece famously championed by the late Vladimir Horowitz.

Olli Mustonen has been hailed by The Sunday Times as, "a living dream of pianism, having broken through an expressive barrier that other players do not know exists."

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Image Uniko (CD)


"The art-bandits of the Kronos Quartet team up with the 'Hendrix of accordion' Pohjonen and a percussionist/electrickery specialist to produce a compelling, majestic, hypnotic work."

" aural journey that takes the listener on a rare adventure both poignant and chilling."

Kronos Quartet
Samuli Kosminen, string & accordion samples, programming
Kimmo Pohjonen, vocals, accordion

Uniko features Grammy winning Kronos Quartet, Finnish accordion adventurer Kimmo Pohjonen and sampling guru Samuli Kosminen.

Commissioned by Kronos in 2003, Uniko is highlighted by Pohjonen's electrified and MIDI-fied accordion with Kosminen's electronic percussion devices which reproduce his own accordion samples and his samples of Kronos' instruments. These samples, together with live strings and electric accordion plus effects and manipulations create a new, multi-dimensional sound world.

Uniko received its live world première at the Helsinki Festival in 2004, with additional performances in Moscow and Molde (Norway), and three sellout concerts in New York at the 2007 BAM NEXT WAVE Festival. The album was subsequently recorded at Avatar Studios in NYC, produced by Iceland's Valgeir Sigurðsson who is known for his work with Björk and other outstanding, adventurous artists.

The New York Times reviewed the 2007 live performances in New York: "The music is sheer physicality... Uniko is like an ocean tide coming in. Big waves of sound build in complexity, animation and sometimes sheer frenzy, then abruptly retreat into small lyrical moments, amplified pizzicatos or buzzings by some huge and imaginary insect. Mr. Pohjonen, a virtuoso on an accordion wired for sound, guided things along and became so excited at the end that one worried about his well-being."

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Image Symphony No. 3 / Ouverture de Concert
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir

Ondine is pleased to announce the second CD in their Enescu cycle with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of its former artistic director Hannu Lintu. This release features the Ouverture de concert sur des thèmes dans le caractère populaire roumain Op. 32 and the Symphony No. 3 Op. 21 (with the Tampere Philharmonic Choir).

George Enescu is Romania's most notable composer - and one of the most neglected composers of the 20th century. This release demonstrates a master of great orchestral colour and impressive imagination.

Artistic director of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra from 2009 till 2013, Hannu Lintu is a sought-after conductor and has an increasingly busy international career. From the season 2013/2014 onward he assumes the post of chief conductor of the Finnish RSO.

The collaboration between the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Hannu Lintu and Ondine has already produced releases of highest quality, among them lately the recording of Einojuhani Rautavaara's opera Kaivos, ODE 1174-2, awarded with a Grammy nomination - and a recording with works by young Finnish composer Uljas Pulkkis, ODE 1176-2, awarded with the Finnish Broadcasting Company's Disc of the Year 2011.

This release is the second of an Enescu cycle with Hannu Lintu. The third one - featuring Symphony No. 1 and the Sinfonia concertante - will follow 2014. The first release (ODE 1196-2), featuring Symphony No. 2 Op. 17 and the Chamber Symphony Op. 33, was highly praised by the critics and nominated for the Gramophone Awards 2013.

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Image Symphonie Concertante / Symphony No. 1

The final release of the George Enescu (1881-1955) symphony cycle includes two neglected masterpieces: the 1st Symphony filled with youthful energy and the poetic and lyric Symphonie concertante for Cello and Orchestra. The soloist of the Symphony concertante is the award-winning cellist Truls Mørk.

Enescu wrote both of the works at a relatively young age: the Symphonie concertante was written at the age of 20 and the 1st Symphony was premiered when the composer was 25 years of age. Even so, Enescu had already created himself an impressive career as a composer with several large-scale works.

The Ondine recordings with Hannu Lintu and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra have proved to be extremely successful. The first release of the Enescu cycle received Gramophone Awards Nomination 2013. Hannu Lintu and the orchestra also received GRAMMY nomination for their recording of Rautavaara's Kaivos Opera.

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Image Psalms
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Daniel Reuss

For their second release on Ondine, the acclaimed Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under chief conductor Daniel Reuss perform Psalm settings by Felix Mendelssohn and Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek.

The first release on Ondine from the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir was an 'Editor's Choice' in Gramophone and awarded 'Disc of the Year' by German weekly DIE ZEIT.

Cyrillus Kreek, a graduate of the St Petersburg Conservatory and a collector of folk songs, laid the foundation for Estonian professional music.

This unique coupling highlights the familiarities in vocal and harmonic setting between Mendelssohn and Kreek.

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Image Violinkonzert
MIDORI, violin


Ondine proudly presents a release of works by Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) featuring Midori, the NDR Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach and commemorating the anniversary of Hindemith's decease 50 years ago.

Paul Hindemith's Violin Concerto was premiered in March 1940 in Amsterdam and already one month later the American premiere took place in Boston with the composer being present. Hindemith's extensive experience as an orchestral musician and string soloist gets clearly obvious in his Violin Concerto and he proves to be a connoisseur of the tonal possibilities of the instrument. Not for nothing he wrote to his publisher: "In any event, it is essential to send the solo part to the soloist of the concerto in Amsterdam as soon as possible, so that the poor man can practice."

Hindemith's Concert Music for String Orchestra and Brass Instruments, op. 50, was commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its première a great success. The Symphonic Metamorphosis is one of Hindemith's best-known orchestral compositions that he even conducted 27 times himself.

Midori is nowadays recognized as an extraordinary artist personality, a devoted and gifted educator and an innovative community engagement activist. Making her debut at the age of 11, she celebrated her 30th year on stage in the 2012/13 season. She teaches at the University of Southern California and adds substantial time periods to community engagement programs she has founded. Her broad discography was awarded with many prizes and her enthusiasm for playing and supporting the music of different times up till today can be seen on her CDs and in her concert repertoire.

The NDR Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra-in-residence to-be of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, can look back on a continuing line of important conductors that have formed the orchestra, such as Furtwängler, Böhm, Tennstedt, Wand, Gardiner and Christoph Eschenbach, just to name a few. Nowadays its Chief Conductor is Thomas Hengelbrock and Alan Gilbert holds the position of the Principal Guest Conductor.

Known as pianist as well as conductor of its own league, Christoph Eschenbach has performed worldwide as regular guest of great orchestras and opera house. An impressive discography, several prizes from early age on and triumphant appearances, lately on a tour with the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra, illustrate his amazing career. Versatility, innovativeness and passionate drive have earned him worldwide recognition as conductor, artistic partner and energetic supporter of young musicians. Since 2010 Eschenbach has held the dual post of music director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington.

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Image Chamber Works for Strings, Vol. 1
MARKO MYÖHÄNEN, electronics

This is the first of two releases of Chamber Works for Strings by Kaija Saariaho. The second will be released in 2014.

Kaija Saariaho is renowned across the world for her vivid orchestration. Her chamber works highlight her ability to create unique sound worlds with only a few instruments. Here she also adds live electronics to create a unique colour.

Meta4, formed in 2001, is one of the internationally most successful Finnish string quartets. In 2010 they received the Echo Klassik Award and in 2012 were awarded both the Record of the Year by the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE and the Emma prize (the Finnish Grammy) for Classical Album of the Year.

This release is also a tribute to Kaija Saariaho who turned 60 on 14th of October 2012.

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Image Execution of Stepan Razin / Finnish Suite / Zoya S
SHENYANG, bass-baritone
MARI PALO, soprano


With this release Ondine presents two dramatic works by Dmitri Shostakovich, The Execution of Stepan Razin and the Zoya Suite, coupled with his Suite on Finnish Themes.

The Execution of Stepan Razin, premiered in Moscow in 1964, got a mixed reception. The execution scene and the final, tragic vision is simply spine-chilling: Stepan Razin's bloody head rolls to the ground and bursts out laughing at the Tsar. Capturing rich intonations and melodies of the text, the bass soloist and the chorus engage in a multi-layered dialogue of this very theatrical work.

The Zoya Suite is an orchestral suite from the music for the film Zoya (1944) a product of the war years, that tells of the cruel fate of 18-year-old partisan Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya fighting against the Germans. Shostakovich can well and truly be regarded as the father of Russian film music and also here, it's not only musical illustration, but he endowed the film with the drama of a classical symphony.

First performed in 2001, the Suite on Finnish Themes is a rather unknown work as being only discovered nearly four decades after Shostakovich died. The suite includes several arrangements of Finnish folk songs featuring a soprano and a tenor soloist.

28-year-old bass-baritone Shenyang was the winner of the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, a 2008 winner of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and a 2010 winner of the Montblanc New Voices at Stars of the White Nights Festival. Shenyang embodies a 21st century bridge between the cultures of East and West. Born in Tianjin, China, he studied at the Shanghai Conservatory and is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and of the Julliard School Opera Center. Recent highlights have included a return to the New York Metropolitan for a new production of Don Giovanni, and debuts at the Glyndebourne Festival and the Bavarian State Opera. Other performances have taken him all over North America and Europe.

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra continuously collaborates with Ondine, having released a remarkable discography that has been awarded with many prizes.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2012, the State Choir "Latvija" is one of Europe's finest choirs and the winner of many awards. Its repertoire covers golden classics in all genres of choral music, both accompanied and unaccompanied, in a time frame from the early Renaissance to the present day. In recent years it has partnered leading orchestras in many parts of the world under numerous outstanding conductors.

Vladimir Ashkenazy has built an extraordinary career, not only as one of the most renowned and revered pianists of our times, but as an artist whose creative life encompasses a vast range of activities and continues to offer inspiration to musiclovers across the world. Vladimir Ashkenazy is featured on several Ondine releases. Recordings with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra include Berlioz's Harold in Italy (ODE 1188-2), Josef Suk's Asrael Symphony (ODE 1132-5) and Rautavaara's Third Piano Concerto Gift of Dreams (ODE 950-2), commissioned by Ashkenazy as a concerto which he could conduct from the piano.

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Image Sacred Love
Aleksandrs Antonenko, tenor
Ieva Ezeriete, soprano

Latvian Radio Choir
Sigvards Klava

This new release from the Latvian Radio Choir conducted by Sigvards Klava features timeless choral works by three composers from Russia and Latvia: Yuri Falik, Arturs Maskats and Georgy Sviridov. The themes of the 20th and 21st century choral works presented on the disc range from love to nature and the sacred. Five of the works include solo parts which are sung by two notable Latvian singers, Aleksandrs Antonenko and Ieva Ezeriete.

Latvian Radio Choir's previous releases on Ondine have been highly successful. For instance, the recording of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil (ODE 1206-5) was chosen as the Record of the Month, Editor's Choice and received a nomination in the Gramophone Awards in 2013.

The title work of the recording, Sviridov's Sacred Love, is a unique example of aesthetic and beautiful vocal writing and has also great potential for radio play.

The Latvian Radio Choir is regarded as one of the top professional chamber choirs in Europe. The repertoire extends from the Renaissance to the present day. The Choir regularly commissions works from leading Latvian composers.

Sigvards Klava, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1992, is one of Latvia's most prolific choral conductors. Apart of the standard repertoire he has conducted most premières of new choral works by Latvian composers.

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Image Sinfonia / Calmo / Ritirata Notturna di Madrid
VIRPI RÄISÄNEN, mezzosopraano
HANNU LINTU, kapellimestari

Ondine jatkaa 1900-luvun mestariteosten julkaisusarjaa Hannu Linnun johtaman Radion sinfoniaorkesterin kanssa. Aiemmat Ligeti ja Messiaen -julkaisut ovat keränneet erinomaisia arvioita. Nyt julkaistava uutuus on omistettu italialaisen modernismin pioneerin Luciano Berion musiikille.

Kaikista toisen maailmansodan jälkeisen sankarimodernistien sukupolven kes-keisistä säveltäjistä Luciano Berio oli anteliain, uteliain, laaja-alaisin, monisärmäisin ja vaikeimmin määriteltävä. Hän ei sulkenut itseään tiukasti rajattujen sävellysmetodien lasikaappiin vaan pysyi aina avoimena uusille virikkeille. Hänen työssään korostui modernismin uusia mahdollisuuksia etsivä ulottuvuus, jopa niin, että hän lopulta ylitti ahtaasti määritellyn modernismin omat rajat.

Berio oli suuri Luigi Boccherinin musiikin ihailija. Ritirata Notturna di Madrid perustuu Boccherinin teoksen neljään eri versioon, jotka Berio on nivonut yhteen. Calmon mezzosopraanolle ja 22 instrumentille Berio sävelsi ystävänsä säveltäjä Bruno Madernan muistolle. Teoksen solistina on hieno mezzospraano Virpi Räisänen, jonka debyyttilevytyksen Ondine julkaisi vuonna 2012 (ODE 1208-2).

Berion tunnetuin teos on vuosina 1968-69 valmistunut Sinfonia, jossa on mukana kahdeksan sähköisesti vahvistettua laulusolistia. Tinkimättömässä modernistisuudessaan Berio oli myös vankka tradition ihailija, ja niinpä hän käyttää Sinfoniassaan mestarillisesti sitaattitekniikkaa. Teoksessa on vahvasti mukana musiikkia Gustav Mahlerin 2. sinfoniasta, mutta mukana on sitaatteja myös lukuisten muiden tunnettujen säveltäjien teoksista.

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Image Paganini Variations & Paganini Rhapsody


Tzimon Barto is recognised as one of the foremost American pianists of his generation. His new double-CD for Ondine features Paganini variations by three composers, Liszt, Brahms and Lutoslawski, as well as the popular Paganini Rhapsody by Rachmaninov.

Tzimon Barto is known for his dashing pianistic virtuosity and for his unique artistic personality. Barto also offers enchanting poetic moments on the keyboard, an aspect which is clearly manifested also in this present recording.

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840) was a sensational violinist and composer of his day who inspired many 19th and 20th century composers to write variations based on his 24 Caprices Opus 1, originally written for the solo violin.

In this recording Christoph Eschenbach conducts the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Rachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody. After many years as music director of both the Orchestre de Paris (2000-2010) and the Philadelphia Orchestra (2003-2008), Christoph Eschenbach has held the dual post of music director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington since September 2010. He has also made numerous recordings both as a pianist and as a conductor. The Schlewig-Holstein Festival Orchestra was founded by Leonard Bernstein

The new recording is Tzimon Barto's 5th release on the Ondine label.

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Image Piae Cantiones & Memoria Sancti Henrici - Medieval
This re-issue of early Medieval vocal music from Finland includes a unique reconstruction of 14th and 15th century Gregorian music that was performed in Finland in the memory of St. Henry, Finland’s Patron Saint. Liturgical literature dealing with St. Henry is abundant and the music in this collection consists of extracts from masses and offices to St. Henry. Liturgical legend and oral tradition provide a colourful account of English clergyman’s mission to Finland where he was killed on January 20th, 1156. This day became the day for commemoration of the saint. He has been held to be the principal founder of the Church of Finland since the 1290s, when his relics were translated to the national shrine, the Church of Our Lady in Turku. Music collection Piae Cantiones was first published in 1582 by Jacobus Finno, the headmaster of the Turku Cathedral School. This collection of songs in Latin are not directly religious, but the texts have a strong Christian undercurrent. Apart from the liturgical material, almost the only music from the Middle Ages and the early modern era preserved in the Nordic countries consists of cantios. The cantios were mostly cultivated in schools and vary in construction and subject. Large number of the melodies in this collection can be traced back to the Middle Ages. However, about half the melodies have not been found in any other source. This collection of songs became very popular, and their first edition in Finnish language was published in 1616.

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Image Symphony No. 5 / Prophecy
Erkki-Sven Tüür:


5. sinfoniassaan säveltäjä Erkki-Sven Tüür toteutti pitkäaikaisen haaveensa yhdistämällä rock-muusikkotaustansa, jazzin ja sinfonisen musiikin. Teoksen esitykset ovat kirvoittanet ihailua, kuinka onnistuneesti Tüür on nivonut nämä erilaiset musiikilliset elementit luontevaksi sinfoniseksi kokonaisuudeksi.

Erkki-Sven Tüür halusi liittää sinfonian yhdeksi elementiksi myös improvisaation, jonka esittäjänä tulisi olla sähkökitaraa soittava rock/jazz -kitaristi. Nguyên Lên soitossa on hienoja inspiraation välähdyksiä, joissa kuullaan hänen monipuolinen taustansa rockin, jazzin ja maailmanmusiikin parissa.

Prophecy harmonikalle ja orkesterille syntyi Mika Väyrysen tilauksesta. Teoksen nimi viittaa eri kulttuureissa ja perinteissä kauan tärkeänä pidettyyn "näkyjen näkemisen" lahjaan.

Uutuus on kapellimestari Olari Eltsin ensilevytys Ondinelle.

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Image Six Romances / Scottish Ballad / Michelangelo Suit
GERALD FINLEY, bass-baritone


Gerald Finley's debut-album on Ondine is devoted to the music Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). It includes premiere recordings of orchestral versions of wartime works Six Romances on Verses by English Poets and the Scottish Ballad. The Six Romances was previously known only as a version for chamber orchestra arranged by the composer. However, the composer's original version for full orchestra was just recently discovered and is included here as a premiere recording.

Also included is a premiere recording of a very late Shostakovich masterpiece: the orchestral version of Suite on Poems by Michelangelo - sung for the first time in the original Italian. The work, composed in 1975, was one of the last pieces completed by Shostakovich.

Grammy-award winning Canadian baritone Gerald Finley has become one of the leading singers and dramatic interpreters of his generation, with award-winning performances and recordings on CD and DVD with major labels and performing at the world's major opera and concert venues in a wide variety of repertoire.

On this recording the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Thomas Sanderling, friend of the composer and a Shostakovich expert who has conducted award-winning Shostakovich premiere recordings. Sanderling was also personally involved in the process of the discovery of the versions included in this recording and conducted their premiere performances in connection to this recording.

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Image Violin Concertos 1 & 2
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds

Ondine's successful partnership with violinist Christian Tetzlaff continues with a new release. The new recording contains the two Violin Concertos by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), two powerful works by the composer originally written for David Oistrakh.

Christian Tetzlaff has been considered as one of the world's leading international violinists for many years, and still maintains a most extensive performing schedule. Musical America named him "Instrumentalist of the Year" in 2005 and his recording of the violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Schumann, released on Ondine in 2011 (ODE 1195-2), received the "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik". Tetzlaff's recording of the Mozart Violin ODE 1239-2 2 Sonatas (ODE 1204-2) was chosen Gramophone Magazine's Editor's Choice and Recording of the Month by the BBC Music Magazine. Tetzlaff's previous release on Ondine featuring the Schumann Violin Sonatas (ODE 1205-2) was also chosen Disc of the Month by the Gramophone Magazine.

The two Violin Concertos by Shostakovich, written in the 1940s and 60s, belong to the composer's most powerful and most personal works, yet they are very much different from each other. Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 was written during a wave of Anti-Semitism in Soviet Union and premiered only after Stalin's death. Violin Concerto No. 2 is a grand example of Shostakovich's late period including quotes from Shostakovich's earlier works. David Oistrakh described the concertos: "I have played Shostakovich's magnificent Violin Concertos in many countries with the greatest pleasure. But they really are very different from one another: I would be hard put to find anything that they have musically in common."

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Image Chamber Works for Strings, Vol. 2
Ondine releases the long-awaited second instalment of Kaija Saariaho’s (b. 1958) chamber works with the award-winning Meta4 string quartet. The recording also includes three chamber music songs together with soprano Pia Freund.

Kaija Saariaho (b. 1958) is one of the most important Finnish contemporary composers. She is equally known for her operas, the oratorio La Passion de Simone, orchestral works and concertos and also for rich small-scale works. Saariaho’s instrumental style is particularly richly manifested in her works for strings, where she makes use of a variety of playing techniques

Meta4, formed in 2001, is one of the internationally most successful Finnish string quartets. In 2010 they received the Echo Klassik Award and in 2012 were awarded both the Record of the Year by the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE and the Emma prize (the Finnish Grammy) for Classical Album of the Year.

Soprano Pia Freund is a versatile artist and a well-known intrepeter of Kaija Saariaho’s works. She has sung roles at Saariaho’s operas and as a soloist at the premiere of Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone oratorio. Freund has recorded Saariaho’s vocal works in two previous Ondine albums (ODE 1049-2, ODE 1189-2).

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Image Rosenkranz-Sonaten (Mystery Sonatas)

New Ondine release includes Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber's (1644-1704) 16 Mystery Sonatas, also known as Rosary Sonatas. This set of virtuosic violin sonatas is Biber's most well-known work. They also serve as unique masterpieces of the Baroque violin repertoire. In the present recording violinist Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch is joined by the Finnish Baroque ensemble Battalia.

Biber's Mystery Sonatas feature 15 rosary mysteries from the life of Jesus and Virgin Mary. One of the most prominent characteristics of Biber's work is the use of various tunings, i.e. scordatura. Out of the sixteen sonatas, fourteen require the use of 'mistuned' violin.

Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch is nowadays in great demand as a leader of countless renowned early music ensembles and orchestras, performing music of the Baroque and symphonies of the age of Mozart and Schubert. Her solo repertoire includes works by Biber, Johann Sebastian Bach, and solo violin works of the 16th and 17th centuries. She also plays the viola and viola d'amore. Among her numerous tasks, she has also worked 10 years as the leader of Philippe Herreweghe's Collegium Vocale.

Kaakinen-Pichl has also recorded a double-CD of Johann Sebastian Bach's solo violin sonatas and partitas for Ondine.

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Image Piano Sonatas Opp. 2, 101 & 106 Hammerklavier

Paavali Jumppanen is an internationally esteemed pianist, a versatile performer equally at home as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, and a recitalist. His vast repertoire spans piano literature from Bach to the Avant-garde. Jumppanen has spent several years performing the works of Viennese Classics, in particular Beethoven. His performances of the complete cycles of Beethoven's and Mozart's Piano Sonatas as well as Beethoven's concertos and chamber music have won critical acclaim.

Jumppanen has collaborated with numerous contemporary composers and premiering many solo and chamber works for the piano. He has worked personally with esteemed composers including Pierre Boulez, William Duckworth, Henri Dutilleux, as well as composers of his native Finland. On the DG recording project of the complete works by Pierre Boulez, Jumppanen recorded the piano sonatas upon the composer's request.

Paavali Jumppanen's first solo piano disc on Ondine is a double-CD which contains five Piano Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), including three early sonatas and the well-known Hammerklavier Sonata.

Jumppanen describes the project: "I had spent several years performing the complete cycle of Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas and wanted to record that period of my artistic life. I see it as important that each generation of musicians present their views of this music. In so doing they participate in a kind of dialogue with the past generations of artists, whose recordings of Beethoven we so well know. Each time-period has its own soundscape and musical ideas."

Jumppanen is currently in the process of writing a book on Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. He has also written the liner notes for the new Ondine recording.

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Image Turangalila-Symphonie


This new Ondine recording contains Olivier Messiaen's (1908-1992) magnum opus from the 1940s, the large-scale Turangalîla-Symphonie conducted by Hannu Lintu.

The recording features as soloists the renowned pianist Angela Hewitt as well as Valérie Hartmann-Claverie, who plays the rare electro-acoustic ondes Martenot instrument which, alongside with the piano, has a substantial role in Messiaen's work.

This release continues Hannu Lintu's brilliant Ligeti recording with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (ODE 1213-2; Gramophone Editor's Choice) and points out once again Lintu's skills with works by 20th century composers.

The Turangalîla symphony is a gigantic work with two soloists and is cast in ten movements. Above all, Turangalîla is a symphony of love, but also much more. The composer himself described his symphony with the following words: "Turangalîla means all at the same time song of love, hymn to joy, time, movement, rhythm, life and death".

After the Introduction of the first movement which lays out the basis of all subsequent material, movements two, four, six and eight evolve as explorations of the theme of love; movements three, seven and nine develop the darker associations perhaps of death; and the fifth and tenth movements act as overall summation points for the two halves of the symphony. Within the microcosm of this vast symphony, Messiaen provides continuity and cohesion with recurrent musical images and reference points, redolent of the leit motifs, idées fixes or cyclic themes of the great Romantic composers.

Serge Koussevitzky, who originally commissioned the work from Messiaen, was convinced that the Turangalîla-Symphonie was the first great milestone to appear on the musical horizon since Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps.

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Image Poeme de l'amour et de la mer
Soprano Soile Isokoski is singing orchestral songs by three different French composers in her new recording. The recording includes two major works in the French song repertoire - Ernest Chausson's Poème de l'amour et de la mer and Hector Berlioz's Nuits d'été. The disc ends with three finely-crafted miniature songs by Henri Duparc, which are no less of artistic value.

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Image Lemminkäinen Legends / Pohjola's Daughter
"perfectly idiomatic Sibelius playing and conducting from a team that really knows its stuff" –


Conductor Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra are offering a full program of classic orchestral works by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957).

Lemminkäinen is a large and fascinating orchestral work in four movements based on the Finnish Kalevala epic. Originally completed in 1895 the work has a unique position in Sibelius' oeuvre: Sibelius never came closer to the very core of Symbolism than in the misty moods, swan motifs and macabre features of Lemminkäinen. It also includes one of Sibelius' most well-known orchestral pieces, The Swan of Tuonela. Written before the 1st Symphony, it is also noteworthy that Lemminkäinen lacks nothing of a symphony.

Sibelius was not totally satisfied with the work, but withdrew the work soon after its premiere until it was heard again in 1935. However, in his late years Sibelius did not even totally reject the idea of calling Lemminkäinen as 'a symphony'.

Pohjola's Daughter (Pohjolan tytär), completed in 1906, is among Sibelius' final orchestral pieces directly linked to the Kalevala epic in his transition from National Romanticism towards a more Classical idiom. It includes some of the boldest and most dramatic scoring that Sibelius ever wrote, illustrating Väinämöinen's futile attempts to win the maiden of Pohjola for himself.

Year 2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), also known as "Finland's national composer".

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Image Four Serious Songs; Clarinet Sonata No. 1; Weites
This recording includes a fascinating program: Luciano Berio's iconic adaptation of Johannes Brahms' Clarinet Sonata No. 1 combined with Detlev Glanert's recent arrangement of Brahms' late vocal masterpiece, Four Serious Songs. Also included is Glanert's new orchestral work Weites Land written in the spirit of Brahms. This disc includes as its soloists award-winning clarinetist Kari Kriikku and German baritone Michael Nagy. This is the second release of Estonian conductor Olari Elts together with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Detlev Glanert was, like Brahms, born in Hamburg. A pupil of Diether de la Motte and Hans Werner Henze, Glanert has long felt a deep connection with Brahms' music through "a specific North German tradition, in which I believe myself to be connected with Brahms, to do with a melancholy in his pieces, with a certain severity." Luciano Berio was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 1986 to provide an orchestral version of the first of the two late sonatas Brahms composed in 1894, two years prior to the Serious Songs. Berio created a 25-minute concerto, although retaining the designation "Sonata". Berio's treatment of Brahms' was highly respectful and straightforward and the solo part is almost identical with the origina lsonata.

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Image Symphony No. 1 / Blumine
HANNU LINTU, conductor

This new release by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by their Chief Conductor Hannu Lintu includes a true orchestral classic: Mahler's 1st Symphony.

On this recording the symphony is combined with an original 2nd movement, Blumine, later abandoned by the composer after three performances of the symphony.

Mahler wrote his 1st Symphony during 1887 and 1888. However, he revised the work until 1896. Mahler gave the work the title 'Titan' based on a novel by Jean Paul, although Mahler denied the work of being programmatic. The symphony is one of the most often played works by Mahler.

The recent recordings of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra together with their Chief Conductor Hannu Lintu on Ondine have gathered excellent reviews in the international press.

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Image To Thee we Sing - Sacred Choral Works
SOLOISTS: Ieva Ezeriete (5, 9, 14, 15),
Agate Burkina (9, 13, 14), Karlis Rutentals (2-5, 7, 9),
Dace Strautmane (5), Rudolfs Bertinš (13)

SIGVARDS K?AVA, conductor

Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov (b. 1937) is an important contemporary voice in vocal music. In this new release Silvestrov's hauntingly beautiful vocal works are performed by the Latvian Radio Choir under their director Sigvards Klava.

During his artistic career Silvestrov has explored a number of musical styles and techniques, such as avant-guard, post-modernism, neo-classicism, dodecaphony, aleatoric writing and pointillism. The fall of the Soviet Union, however, allowed Silvestrov to eventually compose spiritual works, inspired and influenced by his love of the Russian Orthodox Church music which Silvestrov imbues with his own unique sound and bursts of surprising harmonic moves. Silvestrov's compositions are invested with the composer's own unique personality, musical sensibility and sense of beauty.

Latvian Radio Choir's previous releases on Ondine have been highly successful. For instance, the recording of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil (ODE 1206-5) was chosen as the Record of the Month, Editor's Choice and received a nomination in the Gramophone Awards in 2013.

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Image South Ostrobothnian Suites Nos. 1 & 2
"Beautiful music with an organic, unbroken flow of melodic ideas in a romantic style, brilliantly performed by Segerstam’s Turku Philharmonic." – Pizzicato

Toivo Kuula (1883-1918), a Finnish composer with significant melodic gifts and a private pupil of Sibelius, is best-known as a tragic national-romantic composer of vocal music. Although Kuula's focus was in vocal music he took considerable interest in writing orchestral music and in his orchestral works he is often a conjurer of powerful Nordic moods. Kuula had also aims of becoming a symphonist but his untimely death left the project unfinished.

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Image Goldberg Variations
Pianist Lars Vogt presents one of the classic works of the Baroque repertoire - Johann Sebastian Bach's (1685-1750) famous Goldberg Variations.

Originally written for the harpsichord the Goldberg Variations, published in 1741, embody an Aria with 30 variations and a coda. Bach wrote the work for Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who, as the narrative says, often played music as a cure for Count Kaiserling's insomnia. Apparently the work was one of the successes that Bach had during his lifetime and it was also published during his lifetime.

Lars Vogt was appointed the first ever "Pianist in Residence" by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2003/04 and enjoys a high profile as a soloist and chamber musician.

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Image Rubáiyát / Balada / Canto V
GERALD FINLEY, bass-baritone


This new recording by Ondine includes the world premiere recordings of four works by the celebrated Finnish contemporary composer Einojuhani Rautavaara (b. 1928).

Rubáiyát (2015) is a song cycle based on the poetry of Omar Khayyam (1048– 1131). The work was written for Gerald Finley who in this recording sings the solo part of the orchestral version of the work.

Balada (2014), based on texts by Lorca, is a large-scale work for tenor, mixed choir and orchestra. Tenor Mika Pohjonen sings as the soloist. This cantata was premiered in Madrid in May 2015.

Into the Heart of Light (Canto V; 2012) is the composer’s latest installment in a series of works for string orchestra that share the title Canto. Rautavaara wrote the first of his Cantos in the 1960s, and each piece in the series have represented well the latest stylistic developments by the composer.

The concluding work of the recording is Four Songs from the opera Rasputin. These dramatic songs were arranged by the composer for mixed choir and orchestra in 2012.

In the last two decades the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - conducted in this present recording by John Storgårds - has released several awardwinning recordings of the music of Einojuhani Rautavaara.

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Image Symphonie Mathis der Maler & Symphonie in Es

Ondine's successful Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) recordings with the NDR Sinfonieorchester conducted by Christoph Eschenbach continue with another release featuring two major symphonic works by the composer: Symphonie 'Mathis der Maler' and Symphonie in Es.

The orchestra's and Christoph Eschenbach's previous Hindemith release together with Midori won a Grammy Award in 2014.

The 'Mathis der Maler' Symphony is based on an opera that treats the life of the Renaissance painter Mathias Grünewald. Hindemith started to work on the symphony already prior to the completion of the opera. The symphony was premiered with great success by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Wilhelm Furtwängler on 12 March 1934. This performance was the last premiere of an orchestral work by Hindemith in Germany before the National Socialist regime issued a general performance prohibition applying to his works in 1936.

Hindemith wrote his Symphonie in Es during his exile in the United States in 1940. The Symphony is absolute music in the tradition of the four-movement symphony of Beethoven and the romantic period. The work was premiered by Dimitri Mitropoulos who wrote to the composer: "The performance of your symphony was for me one of the highest artistic moments of my career."

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Image Violin Concertos
The Violin Concertos by Uuno Klami (1900-1961) and Einar Englund (1916-1999) are 20th century masterpieces of the violin concerto genre both overshadowed until now by their compatriot Jean Sibelius' hugely popular Violin Concerto. In this recording award-winning violinist Benjamin Schmid gives impressive performances of the two works together with Oulu Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Johannes Gustavsson.

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Image Violin Concerto / Fantasy
‘Tetzlaff draws on an exceptionally wide range of colours and nuances, from fragility to full-on passion’ – Gramophone (Gramophone Choice)


Ondine is proud the present this exciting program by the award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff. This new recording includes works for violin and orchestra by two Czech composers closely connected to each other, Antonín Dvorak and Josef Suk. Tetzlaff is accompanied by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds.

Christian Tetzlaff has been considered one of the world's leading international violinists for many years, and still maintains a most extensive performing schedule. Musical America named him "Instrumentalist of the Year" in 2005 and his recording of the violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Schumann, released on Ondine in 2011 (ODE 1195-2), received the "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik". Gramophone Magazine was choosing the recording of the Schumann Violin Sonatas with Lars Vogt (ODE 1205-2) as 'Disc of the Month' in January 2014. In addition, in 2015 ICMA awarded Christian Tetzlaff as the 'Artist of the Year'. His most recent recording on Ondine with Brahms' Trios (ODE 1271-2D) received a GRAMMY nomination.

Dvorak's Violin Concerto is a work which the composer worked and reworked probably more than any other composition. This technically demanding work for the soloist was originally dedicated to Joseph Joachim who, however, never played it in public. Nevertheless, after its publication by Simrock in April 1883 its fame spread like wildfire and it was adopted into the repertoire of countless leading violinists, to widespread acclaim from public and critics alike. Dvorak's Romance, Op. 11 is a delightful work written few years before the concerto and arranged for violin and orchestra by the composer.

Josef Suk, Dvorak's pupil and later his son-in-law, was a remarkable violinist. It is surprising that the wonderful Fantasy, Op. 24 written in 1902 - a neglected gem in the violin repertoire - is his only concertante work for the violin. This work requires a wide spectrum of violin technique such as double-stopping, playing on open strings, and virtuoso runs, which demand a delicate grasp of voice and sequence.

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Image Traumgesicht / Marjatta / The Blue Pearl
HANNU LINTU, conductor

This Ondine release features world prèmiere recordings of three orchestral works by Erkki Melartin (1875–1937), one of the most influential Finnish composers – and symphonists – of the early 20th century. This programme is performed by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under their chiefconductor Hannu Lintu.

Traumgesicht is an Impressionistic large-scale symphonic poem written for Alexander Siloti in 1910. In later years Melartin considered it as one of his most important works. Traumgesicht differs from the National Romantic image generally associated with Melartin. It could be described as progressive: the composer was obviously up to date with recent trends, since influences from composers such as Richard Strauss, Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov and Scriabin may be detected. The work lied unperformed for 81 years until Hannu Lintu brought it back to light by conducting it in Helsinki in 2013.

Marjatta (1914), A Legend from Kalevala, is based on the Finnish national epic and bears hints to Sibelius’ Luonnotar and Melartin’s Aino opera. Both Sibelius’ Luonnotar and Melartin’s Marjatta were written for the same singer, Aino Ackté, in mind. Luonnotar and Marjatta can with good reason be regarded as parallel works or siblings, even though they are very dissimilar in musical style. The solo part of the work is here sung by the celebrated soprano Soile Isokoski.

Music for the ballet The Blue Pearl, completed in 1930, was one of the last major works written by Melartin and, surprisingly, the first full-length ballet written in Finland. Although the ballet music was popular in its own time the work gradually fell into oblivion. Conductor Hannu Lintu has adapted the music of the ballet into a 8-movement concert suite.

The recent recordings by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu on Ondine have been a fruitful collaboration gathering excellent reviews in the international press.

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This new Ondine disc continues a series of recordings of the works of Erkki-Sven Tüür (b. 1959), a composer of several symphonies and one of the leading Baltic composers. Besides symphonies Tüür has also written concertos to commissions by various well-known orchestras. This disc includes two concertos featuring rising Finnish clarinetist Christoffer Sundqvist and star-violinist Pekka Kuusisto together with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu.

Clarinet Concerto Peregrinus Ecstaticus was written to a commission by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and premiered together with the soloist Christoffer Sundqvist and Hannu Lintu in 2013. The Latin title of this concerto suggest a pilgrimage. Tüür gives the following description of the work: “Imagine a pilgrim’s quest, full of obstacles and hazards, towards his desired goal; his perseverance and vigour alternating with exhaustion and fatigue; conquering actual physical obstacles combined with spiritual struggles... […] However, this composition is not an attempt to describe such a journey. On the most abstract level, this is the very journey. I came up with this story and the title of the piece after I had already finished the score. Thus, this is not programme music. [...] I would be delighted if this piece inspired listeners to create their own “stories”, in the hope that the music touches the creative core of the audience.”

Noesis, a Double Concerto for Clarinet and Violin, was premiered in 2005 by Isabelle van Keulen, Michael Collins and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi. The work follows a classical three-movement structure, all movements played attacca. As the music unfolds the two soloists beging to interact, moving closer to each other and ultimately finding unity and understanding (noesis) in the finale.

Le poids des vies non vécues is an orchestral work, stylically different from the two concertos. It is a small requiem written in 2014 to a commission by Orchestre National de Belgique.

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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5
This is the second and final disc in a cycle of Sergei Prokofiev’s (1891–1953) piano concertos with pianist Olli Mustonen and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu. The Gramophone Magazine wrote regarding the first volume in the series: "How many times have I regretted a shortage of fantasy, flair and fairy-tale imagination in recordings of the Prokofiev piano concertos? Well, here is a disc that takes all those qualities to the top."

Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos are among 20th century masterpieces. Upon reading the score of the 2nd Piano Concerto before its premiere, composer Nikolay Miaskovsky wrote to Prokofiev: "When I was reading through your concerto tonight, lying in bed, I went almost crazy with admiration: I jumped and cried out, so that if I had neighbours, they’d have probably thought I’d gone mad." Prokofiev wrote this magical work just before World War I. The original score was destroyed during the Russian revolution, and Prokofiev had to re-write the concerto in 1923. Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5 is completely different in nature than its predecessors. A stylistic change towards simplicity is evident in the work. Although Prokofiev considered naming the work "Music for Piano and Orchestra" he produced in the end a challenging concerto that tests any soloist’s technique. Prokofiev himself gave the first performance in Berlin on 31 October 1932.

Pianist Olli Mustonen has worked with most of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and The Royal Concertgebouw, partnering conductors such as Ashkenazy, Barenboim, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Harnoncourt, Masur and Nagano. As a recitalist, he plays in all the significant musical capitals, including Mariinsky Theatre St Petersburg, Wigmore Hall, Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Symphony Center Chicago, New York Zankel Hall and Sydney Opera House. His many albums for Ondine include Respighi’s Concerto in modo Misolidio with Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony and a critically acclaimed disc of Scriabin’s solo piano music.

The recent recordings by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu on Ondine have been a fruitful collaboration gathering excellent reviews in the international press.

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This Ondine recording is the first instalment in a series of Brahms recording with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Jaime Martín. Together with the orchestra Martín offers delightful interpretations of these two early examples of Brahms’ orchestral writing.

Jaime Martín became the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Gävle Symphony Orchestra in 2013. During recent years orchestral engagements have led the rising conductor to collaborate with several prominent orchestras around the world. Martín is also Chief Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués and known for his active career as solo flautist.

Johannes Brahms’ (1833–1897) two orchestral Serenades were written in the late 1850s and together with the 1st Piano Concerto offer the earliest surviving examples of his orchestral writing. Brahms revised the 1st Serenade several times, and intended “to transform the 1st Serenade into a symphony”. The 6 movement work, originally titled as Nachtmusik, is an impressive poetic creation by the young composer.

Serenade No. 2 has an unusual chamber-music setting: double woodwinds, two horns and a string ensemble that entirely omits the bright sound of violins and instead deploys the violas as the principal part. The second Serenade has somewhat remained in the shadow of the popularity of the 1st Serenade. However, Clara Schumann, who received the Adagio and Menuett-Trio as a birthday present, responded with enthusiasm to the new work. She described the Adagio as “something ecclesiastical”, “it could be an Eleison”, and admitted in her accompanying letter returning the score: “With the Adagio I part with the greatest difficulty, as it is very dear to me.”

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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 5
Lars Vogt continues his Ondine recordings with a new cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos. Conducting the Royal Nothern Sinfonia from the keyboard Lars Vogt shows the brilliance and the beauty of these two majestic works of the classic piano concerto literature. Beethoven made an early reputation for himself as a keyboard player. Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 5 feature two opposite sides in Beethoven’s career: the 1st concerto is a masterpiece by a young composer in his 20s who is already looking into new dimensions of musical expression. Although it was his first published piano concerto Beethoven had already made serious attemps in the genre – large part of the material to his 2nd concerto also predate the 1st concerto. The 5th concerto, commonly known as the Emperor concerto, was written between his 6th and 7th Symphonies when Vienna was under Napoleon’s occupation. During bombardment Beethoven, now 39 and increasingly deaf, had sheltered in the cellar of his brother, covering his head with a pillow against the noise of the cannons. Beethoven dedicated the work to Archduke Rudolph who had fled the city. Despite of its joyful, optimistic and hopeful character, occasionally echoes of war disrupt the work creating a strong impact. The work was premiered two years later in November 1811. Lars Vogt was appointed the first ever “Pianist in Residence” by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2003/04 and enjoys a high profile as a soloist and chamber musician. His debut solo recording on Ondine with Bach’s Goldberg Variations (ODE 1273-2) was released in August 2015 and has been a major critical success. The album’s tracks have also been streamed online over 6 million times. Lars Vogt started his tenure as Music Director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia in September 2015.

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In this new recording the prestigious Tetzlaff Quartett (Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath, Hanna Weinmeister and Tanja Tetzlaff) present a programme of String Quartets by Franz Schubert and Joseph Haydn in exemplary performances. Praised by The New York Times for its “dramatic, energetic playing of clean intensity”, the Tetzlaff Quartett is one of today’s leading string quartets. Alongside their successful individual careers, Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff, Hanna Weinmeister and Elisabeth Kufferath have met since 1994 to perform several times each season in concerts that regularly receive great critical acclaim. The ongoing season sees the quartet perform in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Leipzig, Aachen, Lörrach, Amsterdam, Bern, Gent and Wimbledon as well as at the Festival Heidelberger Frühling. Other recent highlights include performances at Kölner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin and Paris’ Auditorium du Louvre, as well as a North America tour with concerts at Carnegie Hall, in San Francisco and Vancouver. Franz Schubert’s (1797–1828) String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887 was completed by the composer in 1826. It is the last work in the impressive series of String Quartets that Schubert wrote during his lifetime. In this Quartet, nearly symphonic in its epic scale, Schubert is touching new musical landscapes after the success of his ‘Rosamunde’ and ‘Death and the Maiden’ Quartets. The String Quartet in G minor, Op. 20 No. 3 by Joseph Haydn (1732–1809), also known as ‘the Father of String Quartet’, was written in 1772 when Haydn was at the height of his creative powers at the Esterházy Court. In this revolutionary work the composer explores the limits of the genre through unusual choices in its structure and style.

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Best known for his gigantic orchestral masterpieces Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) took equal pleasure in writing smaller miniatures. In fact, Brahms wrote a substantial number of pieces for vocal quartet and piano; this ensemble was for him a vehicle for expressing warmth and positive emotions, and as such this genre remains one of the most beloved in his output. This new recording by the prestigious Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava features a selection from his Opp. 52, 64, 65 and 92, including some of his famous Liebeslieder-Walzer. Brahms wrote his earliest waltzes for piano duet and published them as op. 39 in 1865. Some years later, in 1868–1869, he went on to write the Liebeslieder-Walzer for vocal quartet and piano four hands op. 52. These, in turn, prompted a ‘sequel’ in Neue Liebeslieder op. 65 five years later. These warm and vivacious songs are a happy marriage of Viennese waltzes and the love poetry of Georg Friedrich Daumer, and biographers point to a romantic impulse stemming from Brahms’s amorous enchantment with the daughter of his close friend Clara Schumann, Julia. Brahms’s vocal quartets with piano accompaniment represent an interesting chamber-music approach to vocal music. They give the impression of being created for the purpose of intimate music-making at home, among friends. The Liebeslieder-Walzer quickly became one of Brahms’s most popular works. Brahms’s op. 64, a set of three partsongs for quartet, was published in 1874. Op. 92 belongs essentially to Brahms’s late output. Its first partsong dates from 1877 and the other three from 1884. Despite the time gap, the partsongs in the set form a coherent and consistent whole. Three of the songs explore moods of evening and night, and the autumnal meditation of the second partsong fits in well. Award-winning Latvian Radio Choir is among the most prestigious chamber choirs in Europe. The choir’s previous releases on Ondine have been highly successful. The recording of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (ODE 1206-5) was chosen as the Record of the Month, Editor’s Choice and received a nomination in the Gramophone Awards in 2013. Similarly, their recent release of choral works by Valentin Silvestrov (ODE 1266-5) received Gramophone Editor’s Choice.

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The final volume of pianist Paavali Jumppanen’s acclaimed cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas.
This volume combines the early Op. 7 and the famous Pathétique sonata together with the Last Sonatas Opp. 109-111 written by Beethoven in the 1820s.

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The series of Brahms recordings on Ondine with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Jaime Martín follow up with this recording of works for choir and orchestra together with the prestigious Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.

Jaime Martín became the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Gävle Symphony Orchestra in 2013. During recent years orchestral engagements have led the rising conductor to collaborate with several prominent orchestras around the world. Martín is also Chief Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués and known for his active career as solo flautist.

Brahms’ impressive Schicksalslied was written in 1868. The work delves musically into the duality between the “fate-free,” ideal heavenly life and the existence of “suffering man” on earth articulated in Friedrich Hölderlin’s poem. During the summer of 1881 Brahms composed his Nänie on a poem by Friedrich von Schiller as a song of lament and mourning for the fleetingness of beauty. Brahms dedicated this work to Henriette Feuerbach, the mother of painter Anselm Feuerbach, Brahms’s highly admired friend, who had died in Venice in 1880. Gesang der Parzen was premiered the following year conducted by the composer in Basel on 10 December 1882. The theme of destiny is an obvious parallel that can be drawn between this work and the Schicksalslied. Written for choir and wind instruments, Begräbnisgesang is an early work of funeral music. The final version of the work was completed in 1859. Brahms wrote his hugely successful Liebeslieder Waltzes Op. 52 & 65 during 1869–74. This album includes a selection adapted by the composer.

Eric Ericson’s Chamber Choir was founded in 1945 by then 27-year-old Eric Ericson, and has since taken a central position in the Swedish and international music scene. On the world stage, Eric Ericson’s Chamber Choir is among the very foremost professional ensembles, and through the years it has been awarded many distinctions. Highlights of the international work include collaborations with the Swedish Radio Choir and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, James Levine and Riccardo Muti, as well as the many recordings and concerts with Nicolas Harnoncourt and the Concentus Musicus Wien.

Gävle Symphony Orchestra, founded in Sweden in 1912, has a long and exciting history. Since 2013, the orchestra has enjoyed a fruitful musical partnership with principal conductor Jaime Martín, but the orchestra has also collaborated regularly with renowned international conductors. The orchestra has also started a collaboration with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir leading to a recording of Johannes Brahms’ Cantatas for choir and orchestra to be released by Ondine.

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Erkki-Sven Tüür (b. 1959) is one of the most outstanding voices in contemporary music today and regarded by many as one of the foremost living symphonists. This new album by Tapiola Sinfonietta and conductor Olari Elts includes world première recordings of two concertante works featuring violist Lawrence Power and recorder soloist Genevieve Lacey together with a late masterpiece, Symphony No. 8. Tüür describes his viola concerto Illuminatio (2008) is “a pilgrimage towards eternal light”. The work opens with a mysterious soundscape. As the work progresses, the music develops and grows, and the relationships between the soloist and the orchestra is in a constant change. The very final pages bring the work to a magical conclusion shimmering with delicate light. Whistles and Whispers from Uluru (2007) for recorder and chamber orchestra was written to a commission from the Australian Chamber Orchestra for recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey. When the composer was writing the work at his summer residence in the island of Hiiumaa in Estonia, it was spring and the air was full of birdsong. In his mind, he connected Uluru, the sacred mountain of the Australian Aborigines, to his northern surroundings, and the two impulses fused. The soloist goes through multiple members of the recorder family, from sopranino down through treble, alto and tenor to bass, and then back to the heights of the sopranino. An electronic soundtrack augments the texture at times. Tüür’s nine symphonies span the length of his career, the first of them dating from 1984 and the latest from 2017. Symphony No. 8 was commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and was completed in 2010. Tüür scored the work for a sinfonietta-type ensemble instead of a large symphony orchestra, and as a result the music has at times a chamber music feel. The movements are not separated in the score, but the tripartite division is very clear. On the other hand, the music is characterised by a strong sense of continuity and direction: “the constant sense of ‘being on the road’, organic development and fluidity [are] crucial for this music,” says Tüür. Tapiola Sinfonietta, also known as the Espoo City Orchestra, was founded in 1987 and has during the years released several recordings ranging from 18th century music to works by contemporary composers. This new recording is conductor Olari Elts’ second Tüür recording released by Ondine. Olari Elts served as Chief Conductor of the Latvian National Symphony, and has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as well as the Orchestre de Bretagne and most recently the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Elts is founder of contemporary music ensemble, NYYD Ensemble. Elts conducts a broad range of repertoire including works by his fellow Estonians, Arvo Pärt and Erkki-Sven Tüür.

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After the five-volume complete recording of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Paavali Jumppanen’s new recording on Ondine turns attention to Claude Debussy’s (1862–1918) piano works. This 2 CD set includes complete Préludes together with the Children’s Corner.

Debussy’s oeuvre has been explored both by the amateur pianist and the most legendary virtuosos of the keyboard. Throughout his career Debussy sought new ways to express his musical vistas. He began numerous large compositional projects and between these big ventures wrote miniatures such as songs and piano pieces. Fine examples of these are the Préludes and the Children’s Corner.

Debussy’s 24 piano preludes were published in two sets in 1910 and 1913. These miniatures are varied in character and style, and include, among others, references to literature, poetry, nature, the Mediterranean landscape and the events in Paris during Debussy’s lifetime. This work resulted in the creation of such enigmatic pieces as La cathédrale engloutie, La fille aux cheveux de lin and Des pas sur la neige, to name but a few.

The six pieces forming the cycle Children’s Corner (1908) evoke adult recollections of childhood. The set bears a dedication to Debussy’s daughter Chouchou and includes some of Debussy’s most well-known piano pieces, including The Snow is Dancing and Golliwogg’s cake walk.

A dedicated performer of French music, Paavali Jumppanen often performs the large cycles of Debussy’s late period, namely the Préludes and the Études. About a Debussy recital, The Boston Globe reported how “Jumppanen maximized piano’s deeply resonant qualities—not just to create beautiful sound but to point up how radical Debussy’s harmonic language was.” Another critic ( noted: ”I was bowled over by Mr. Jumppanen’s performance. - - As for his upcoming recording of the complete Debussy Preludes, sight-unseen, I would urge any collector to grab it: if it is anything like the Etudes we heard last Sunday, we are in for a treat!” New York Arts continued: “Magnificent recital. - - I cannot imagine a more penetrating, subtle, and beautiful traversal of Debussy’s final statement for the piano.”

Paavali Jumppanen’s blog can be followed at:

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This exciting new release of contemporary music includes three new concertos by Finnish composer Olli Virtaperko (b. 1973). The concertos are combining multiple styles from Baroque to prog jazz as well as different performance practices. Romer’s Gap is a concerto for electrically amplified cello featuring as soloist Perttu Kivilaakso, best known as lead cellist in the multi-million selling rock band Apocalyptica. Ambrosian Delights is a concerto for the knifonium, a vacuum-tube-based analogue synthesiser created by Jonte Knif. Multikolor, written for Joonatan Rautiola, is a single-movement work for baritone sax and small chamber orchestra. All three works are recorded by the Jyväskylä Sinfonia under conductor Ville Matvejeff.

“The three concertos on this album were written within a relatively short space of time, between 2013 and 2016. They reflect basic themes in my music in different ways, including my relationship to tradition and the problems of combining multiple styles and performance practises”, composer Olli Virtaperko describes in his liner notes, and continues: “What links these three concertos is that the solo parts were customised according to the technical and expressive potential of the soloists who premiered and recorded them. I collaborated closely with the soloist in each case. - - The past four-year period has offered me a fascinating journey into new musical colours and the borderland between acoustic and amplified music – with all the possibilities and challenges that this entails.”

Olli Virtaperko has enjoyed a multi-faceted career. He studied composition, the Baroque cello and early music performance practice at the University of Edinburgh and at the Sibelius Academy, and on the other hand he was also a vocalist in one of Finland’s most popular rock groups, Ultra Bra. Virtaperko’s musical background feeds directly into his work as a composer, which includes heavy-duty solo concertos and orchestral works but also a number of works for Baroque and Renaissance period instruments and for his own early music group, Ensemble Ambrosius.

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Magnus Lindberg (b. 1958) is among the leading figures in today’s contemporary music internationally. This new release by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by its chief conductor Hannu Lintu includes world premiere recordings of two new works by Magnus Lindberg: orchestral work Tempus fugit and Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring Frank Peter Zimmermann as its soloist. This release also celebrates the composer’s 60th anniversary.

Violin Concerto No. 2, written for Frank Peter Zimmermann, was composed during Lindberg’s tenure as the composer-in-residence for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It is the composer’s seventh concerto up-to date. This three-movement work represents well Lindberg’s late lush orchestral style and is reminiscent to the tradition of great romantic violin concertos of the past. The concerto has three movements played without a break, with a solo cadenza towards the end of the second movement. The music is at times lucid and bright and at times lusciously sonorous, and the soloist is called upon to display both fireworks and soaring melodic arcs. At the very end of the first movement, the solo violin introduces a warm, romantic melodic motif that recurs several times later on.

Tempus fugit was commissioned by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and premiered at the gala concert for the centenary of Finland’s independence in Helsinki on 6 December 2017. Although the work has a strong positive and even lucid fundamental tone, the composer did not seek to write a traditional anniversary piece. Instead, he sought a new approach through means that he had first employed in the 1980s, going back to the harmonic studies that he had undertaken on computer, using the LISP programming language – the same that he had used when creating his first major orchestral work, Kraft (1983–85). The result, however, is quite different from his edgy, even aggressive, early works: Tempus fugit is a nearly 30-minute orchestral work embracing an Impressionist brightness of colour, melodic lines and a warm Romantic glow. The work is dedicated to Hannu Lintu.

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The passing away of Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928–2016), one of the most performed Finnish composers after Sibelius, left a deep void in the field of Finnish contemporary music. This new album by cellist Tanja Tetzlaff and pianist Gunilla Süssmann includes Rautavaara’s rarely heard works written for cello and piano. This album showcases Rautavaara’s skill in writing music for these two instruments and gives an opportunity for discovery. Rautavaara’s creation for cello span several decades and highlight the importance of the instrument for Rautavaara’s oeuvre. The cornerstone of Rautavaara’s cello chamber music are the three sonatas. The earliest of the sonatas, a four-movement Sonata for Solo Cello, was written in 1969 and contains Baroque influences. Prior to this, the composer had already written Two Preludes and Fugues for cello and piano in 1955 firmly rooted in the Neo-Classical tradition as a young student. Soon after completing his solo cello sonata, the composer started writing his Neo-Romantic Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1. However, the work was left unfinished and completed almost 30 years later, in 2001. Cello Sonata No. 2, completed in 1991, is much different in style, more modern and edgy, but based on a work written for a cello music competition in 1975. Polska (1977) for two cellos and piano is based on a folk tune from Rantasalmi. The origin of this work is connected to the genesis of Rautavaara’s first published opus, Fiddlers (Pelimannit) from the early 1950s. Song of My Heart (Sydämeni laulu) is the composer’s transcription from an aria included in his opera Aleksis Kivi (1995–96). In 2000, Rautavaara arranged the piece for cello, and fittingly for this funereal piece dedicated it to the memory of Estonian composer Lepo Sumera. Cellist Tanja Tetzlaff performs an extensive repertoire, including the staple solo and chamber music literature, and important compositions of the 20th and 21th centuries. Tanja Tetzlaff has played with leading orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Spanish National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and collaborated with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitri Kitajenko, Paavo Järvi, Michael Gielen and Heinz Holliger. Chamber music also plays a significant part in her career, with regular appearances alongside Lars Vogt, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Antje Weithaas, Florian Donderer, Baiba and Lauma Skride, and her brother, Christian Tetzlaff, and with her duo partner Gunilla Süssmann. In 1994 Tanja founded the Tetzlaff Quartett, with Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath and Hanna Weinmeister. Pianist Gunilla Süssmann has performed in venues like the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, Louvre, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and she is a popular guest in major chamber music festivals in Norway and abroad. English Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, WDR Köln and Staatskapelle Weimar are among the many orchestras she has been soloist with. Chamber music has a precious place in her heart, and the core of this love is the 17-year-long collaboration with cellist Tanja Tetzlaff. Their symbiotic playing is described as magical by the press, and they have previously released also two albums together.

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"An enjoyable cycle reaches its conclusion in considerable style - the rapport between Lars Vogt and his Nortern Sinfonia feels natural and joyous after a rewarding journey."

This recording is the final volume in Lars Vogt’s new cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos on Ondine. This recording includes Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 4, two outstanding examples of Beethoven's writing. Conducting Royal Northern Sinfonia from the keyboard, Vogt’s fresh interpretations of Beethoven concertos have been widely welcomed, and recently he was nominated for Artist of the Year 2017 by the Gramophone magazine. Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto was, with the exception of its last movement, largely written before 1789, and it predates the 1st Piano Concerto by several years. The work was premiered in 1795 with Beethoven debuting as piano soloist. The composer used this work as his visiting card but the work remained unpublished until 1801. This early work shows the influence of Mozart but at the same time it is a powerful evidence of Beethoven’s development as a composer towards maturity. This is manifested clearly in the beautiful slow movement of the concerto. Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto, considered by many as his best achievement in the field of piano concerto, was first publicly premiered in Vienna in 1808 in a concert together with the premieres of his 5th and 6th Symphonies and the Choral Fantasy. Beethoven opens this work in a revolutionary way by means of a calm dialogue between the piano and the orchestra. Throughout the work the soloist often has a supportive role while majority of themes are introduced by the orchestra. The second movement includes some of the most dramatic music that Beethoven ever wrote – only to be contrasted by the boundless joy and freedom of the final movement. Lars Vogt was appointed the first ever “Pianist in Residence” by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2003/04 and enjoys a high profile as a soloist and chamber musician. His debut solo recording on Ondine with Bach’s Goldberg Variations (ODE 1273-2) was released in August 2015 and has been a major critical success. The album’s tracks have also been streamed online over 6 million times. Lars Vogt started his tenure as Music Director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia in September 2015.

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Image Adventlied; Ballade vom Pagen und der Königstochte
Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir led by Aapo Häkkinen join their forces together with an impressive vocal cast, Carolyn Sampson, Benno Schachtner, Werner Güra, Jonathan Sells and Cornelius Uhle, in this unique release of rarely heard choral works by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). This recording includes the world première recording of Schumann’s 17-minute Adventlied, Op. 71 for soloists, chorus and orchestra, four choral ballades based on texts by Emanuel Geibel, and Schumann’s version of Bach’s Cantata BWV 105. Robert Schumann wrote in 1850: “Keep in mind that there are also singers, and that the highest in musical expression is achieved through the chorus and orchestra.” This illustrates well the composer’s desire to write large works for this medium in an attempt to create a new genre for the concert hall. Today, they still constitute the least explored area of his output. The elevated style he was aspiring to (both in the text and the music) was unheard-of outside the realm of church music. In fact, whether for the church, opera, or the concert hall, Schumann was looking for a sanctified realm, a Goethe-inspired meeting ground for art and religion. Adventlied, Op. 71, was written in November 1848 to a text from Friedrich Rückert’s Pantheon. The sense of urgent need and chromatic writing alternate with lyrical sections and quasi-Handelian grand climaxes in praise of universal brotherhood, featuring the transformed opening theme from time to time throughout the work. Schumann studied intensively approximately 500 works by Bach, including numerous still unpublished cantatas, and took them up again and again in order to “daily confess before this lofty man, and strive to purify and strengthen myself through him.” He conducted in Dresden in February-May 1849 the Adventlied and in July 1849 Bach’s dramatic cantata Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht, BWV 105, and in Düsseldorf in October 1850 the Adventlied and, in the secular sphere, in November-December 1852 and again in March 1853 the large choral-orchestral ballade Vom Pagen und der Königstochter, op. 140, on texts by Emanuel Geibel. The work’s form bears a close resemblance to symphony. The four ballades are the unquestionable highpoint of Schumann’s modern, pervasively noble epic drama and peculiar way of storytelling. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) is one of the best-known Estonian music groups in the world. The repertoire of the choir extends from baroque to contemporary music, focusing on the work of Estonian composers. EPCC has cooperated with many outstanding conductors and orchestras, and has been a welcome guest at numerous music festivals and venues all over the world, including the BBC Proms and the Lincoln Center in New York, among others. The choir’s recordings have won several awards. For twenty years, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra’s performances and recordings have been captivating audiences with a potent combination of emotional eloquence and infectious vitality. Their programmes frequently include first modern performances of unpublished or reconstructed masterpieces, and also shed unexpected and often provocative new light on more familiar works. Their music-making has contributed to the ensemble’s reputation as a major exponent of Baltic and German Baroque music. Helsinki Baroque’s sound has enthralled listeners from the Cologne Philharmonie to Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and at major festivals such as Bergen, Bremen, Rheingau, and Jerusalem. Aapo Häkkinen is known as a distinguished chamber musician and director. Häkkinen has collaborated with several well-known artists around the world and programmed opera performances. Besides the harpsichord, he regularly performs on the organ, on the clavichord, and on the fortepiano. He has commissioned, given premières, and recorded music by various composers. He teaches at the Sibelius Academy and at international masterclasses (Tokyo University of Arts, Universidad Nacional de México, Kulturstiftung Marienmünster, Bratislava, Sofia, Tallinn, Tampere, Turku, Zagreb Academies of Music). He is Artistic Director of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and of the Helsinki Musiikkitalo Early Music Series as well as the Janakkala Baroque Festival.

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Image Heaven is Shy of Earth; The Comedy of Change
This recording includes the world premiere recording of an oratorio written by Julian Anderson (b. 1967), one of the most remarkable British composers of our era, conducted by the late Oliver Knussen and performed by Susan Bickley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. These recordings highlight the art of Julian Anderson and are a unique testimony of artistic collaboration and friendship between him and the conductor that lasted for 37 years.

Julian Anderson was commissioned to write a substantial work for solo mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra for the 2006 BBC Proms. This resulted in the creation of Heaven is Shy of Earth, an oratorio based on texts by poet Emily Dickinson. The work also features texts of Latin mass. Despite the predominance of Latin religious texts, this is not a sacred work. The insertions change the whole structure away from denominational Christianity and bring the liturgy out into the natural world as a sort of secular Eucharist – a celebration and sanctification of nature itself. This substantial work ends in a beautiful climax of harmonious ecstasy, a movement which the composer added into the work in 2010.

The Comedy of Change is a work for 12 instruments which pays tribute to Charles Darwin and celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book The Origin of Species. The composer intended the work to function as both a free-standing concert piece and the score of a ballet. Anderson was concerned with both the inevitable and the unpredictable aspects of change. Anderson writes: ‘I preferred not to be too literal or illustrative: I hope the musical harmonies, textures, rhythms and melodies will be sufficiently vivid to suggest to listeners their own images; or else be heard as the abstract music they essentially are.’ ‘The word “comedy” is to be understood in all its senses, including the old Elizabethan one of a series of misunderstandings with a happy outcome’, the composer adds.

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Image Sonatas for Piano and Violin (on period instrument
This album by Finnish duo partners Tuija Hakkila and Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch features Johannes Brahms’ (1833–1897) Violin Sonatas played on period instruments. These three sonatas by Brahms form a cornerstone of chamber music repertoire for violin. When Brahms’s Sonata for piano and violin in G major op. 78, ostensibly his first, was published, it was actually the composer’s fourth venture in this genre as far as we know. Brahms began writing Sonata in G major when he had returned from Italy and travelled to the lake district of Pörtschach – a location where “the air is so full of melodies that one has to take care not to step on them.” The major work that Brahms completed that summer was the Violin Concerto. Before completing the manuscript of the Sonata, Brahms’ godson Felix died in tuberculosis. Brahms sent Clara Schumann a letter on the back of which he had copied out the first 25 measures of the Adagio in the Sonata in G major. “If you play this [music] very slowly, you may appreciate more clearly than I could ever express in words the warmth with which I think of you and Felix – even of his violin, which has now fallen silent.” Brahms spent the summer of 1886 at Lake Thun near Bern in Switzerland. The idyllic setting and the company of friends, the Widmann family, provided excellent circumstances for writing music, for hiking and for conversation. This summer resulted in a considerable volume of chamber music: ‘first versions’ of the Violin Sonata in A major, the Cello Sonata in F major and the Piano Trio in C minor. In the opening measures of the Sonata in A major, Hanslick heard “a heavenly bliss that flows through the first movement, and the simple theme reminiscent of the ‘Preislied’ in Die Meistersinger.” Brahms combined the slow movement and scherzo into a single entity. The finale of the Sonata is utterly Brahmsian: tenderness and happiness coexist with the darker depths of the mind. Brahms always used a great deal of time in polishing his works after completing them before he would consider publication, striving to reach an envisioned state of perfection. The Sonata in D minor op. 108 is a case in point. Brahms originally wrote it during the ‘chamber music summer’ of 1886, but it was not released until much later. The first versions of the Sonata were circulated for comment, as it were, at chamber music soirées of Brahms’s friends in October 1888. Clara Schumann was enchanted with the new work: “Such warmth, such depth of emotion, so thoroughly interesting! [...] how wonderfully woven together, like fragrant tendrils of a vine.” The enigmatic and intimate first movement is followed by a touching Adagio and a Scherzo that made Clara wax poetic: “Like a sweet girl toying charmingly with her lover, a flash of deep passion in the middle, and then flirting again.” The Sonata concludes with a dramatic virtuoso finale. In December 1888, Brahms asked violinist Jeno Hubay to visit him daily for a week to play through the Sonata for fine-tuning the score. After the New Year, Brahms ‘road-tested’ the work at Clara Schumann’s home in Frankfurt and finally performed it in public with Joseph Joachim at Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna in February 1889. Joachim probably helped Brahms finalise the violin part. The Sonata was first published in April 1889, with a dedication to Brahms’s colleague and friend Hans von Bülow. Pianist Tuija Hakkila holds a senior position in piano music at the Sibelius Academy and earned a Doctor of Music degree in 2005. She also taught at the Royal Danish Conservatory in Copenhagen from 2005 through 2008. In 2014 she was appointed Professor of Piano Music at the Sibelius Academy. Hakkila has performed as soloist, in chamber groups and as accompanist throughout Europe, in the United States, Japan, Indonesia, Africa and, has collaborated with eminent musicians like Karita Mattila, Vera Beths, Anner Bijlsma, Mikael Helasvuo, Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, Anssi Karttunen, Alexei Lubimov and performed with conductors like Okko Kamu, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam and Sakari Oramo. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary music: She has developed her interest in period instrument performance, presenting classical and romantic programmes on period pianos. She works with a number of today’s composers and is invited to give world premiere performances of new works. Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch is an unusually versatile violinist. Though she plays music of every era, the emphasis in her repertoire is on the 17th to 19th centuries. She also plays the viola and viola d’amore and leads the orchestra or conducts from the front desk. Kaakinen-Pilch has been active in several orchestras and ensembles, and has also worked for over a decade as leader of the Collegium Vocale. Her solo repertoire includes such works as the 16 Mystery Sonatas by Biber, the Bach Solo Sonatas and Partitas, - both works Kaakinen-Pilch has recorded for Ondine - and solo violin works of the 16th and 17th centuries. Kaakinen-Pilch has been a Professor of chamber music at Stavanger University, and a Professor of early music at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and the Bremen Institute of Arts. Currently Kaakinen-Pilch works as Professor of early music at Cracow Music Academy. She is also a teacher of Baroque violin at the Sibelius Academy, works as an instructor for the European Union Baroque Orchestra and teaches in several master classes.

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Image Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Star violinist Christian Tetzlaff performs Béla Bartók’s (1881–1945) two masterpieces in a new recording with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu. This recording continues both artists’ highly successful series of recordings on Ondine. The two violin concertos of Béla Bartók (1881–1945), completed thirty years apart in 1908 and 1938 respectively, celebrated relationships with two Hungarian violinists: the first romantic, with Stefi Geyer and the second artistic, with Zoltán Székely. Bartók’s 1st Violin Concerto was published posthumously after the composer’s death in 1956, but Bartók reused the opening movement as the first of his Two Portraits for orchestra. He remarked in a letter written in late 1907 or early 1908 that ‘I have never written such direct music before’. Bartók completed two movements that portray the character of Stefi Geyer to whom the work was written to. Completed towards the end of 1938, Bartók’s three-movement 2nd Violin Concerto was a much more substantial concerto than his first essay in the medium and it was dedicated ‘to my dear friend Zoltán Székely’. Székely’s name can also be found in the of his Second Rhapsody. Bartók adopted a rather unusual approach to the overall form of the Second Violin Concerto and the impact of both rural folk music and urban verbunkos on his language can be found in the Second Violin Concerto. Christian Tetzlaff is considered one of the world’s leading international violinists and maintains a most extensive performing schedule. Musical America named him ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2005 and his recording of the violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Schumann, released on Ondine in 2011 (ODE 1195-2), received the ‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik’. Gramophone Magazine was choosing the recording of the Schumann Violin Sonatas with Lars Vogt (ODE 1205-2) as ‘Disc of the Month’ in January 2014. In addition, in 2015 ICMA awarded Christian Tetzlaff as the ‘Artist of the Year’. His recordings on Ondine with Brahms’ Trios (ODE 1271-2D) and Violin Concertos by Dvorák and Suk (1279-5) released in 2015 and 2016 earned GRAMMY nominations. Recordings by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu on Ondine have gathered excellent reviews in the international press. Their most recent release with orchestral works and songs by Jean Sibelius (ODE 1289-5) won an ICMA Award in January 2018. The same album was also Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine and Orchestral Choice in the BBC Music Magazine.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4; Jeux vénitiens
Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994) is one of 20th Century’s greatest composers. He is also a remarkable symphonist. The three works on the present disc performed by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Hannu Lintu, represent three important stages in Lutoslawski’s career: his 1st Symphony, one of his earliest significant works; Jeux vénitiens was the first work in his best-known stylistic phase; and his 4th Symphony remained his last extensive work. Lutoslawski began his First Symphony in difficult times, during the Nazi occupation of Poland. At the time, he was making a living playing piano duos with composer colleague Andrzej Panufnik in the cafés of Warsaw. Lutoslawski made a start on the Symphony in 1941, but it was not until 1947 that he completed it. It is firmly rooted in Neo-Classicism but has none of the irony or stylisation commonly associated with that style. Also, it makes no use of folk music elements, which frequently appear in many of Lutoslawski’s post-war works. The work has an affinity with Bartók, Stravinsky and Prokofiev, and Lutoslawski himself mentioned Albert Roussel as one of his early influences. The sombre ethos and intense dramaturgy of the work have often been taken to reflect the worldwide conflict that was raging at the time of its genesis. Lutoslawski himself, however, rejected the connection; he emphasised that his music was absolute music that, as far as he was concerned, was independent of any direct links to the external world. Inspired by John Cage, the composer began to develop a new technique of his own. The resulting ‘controlled aleatorism’ was first put into practice in the chamber orchestra work Jeux vénitiens (1960–1961). The title of Jeux vénitiens alludes to the fact that the work was meant to be premiered at the Venice Biennale. In the end, only three movements were performed there in April 1961, and the final four-movement version of the work was premiered in Warsaw in September in the same year. Secondarily, the title alludes to the game-like nature of its aleatoric writing. Each of the four movements of Jeux vénitiens has a definite character of its own. Taken together, they constitute a “psychological approach” to musical form that was favoured by Lutoslawski’s composition teacher Witold Maliszewski. According to his terminology, the structure of a work consisted of introductory, narrative, transitional and concluding sections. The Fourth Symphony is a product of Lutoslawski’s late period at its most refined, characterised by a more nuanced and translucent harmonic approach than before, greater rhythmic clarity, a more straightforward approach and an expanded role for expressive melodic writing. These features stemmed in part from the fact that the importance of aleatoric sections was decreasing. In the Fourth Symphony, aleatoric counterpoint only accounts for about one fifth of the duration of the work. In his Third Symphony, Lutoslawski had created one of his most profound and manyfaceted works. By comparison, the Fourth was more restrained and serene; the composer himself said as much by noting that “my Fourth after my Third is a little bit like Beethoven’s Fourth after Eroica”. Written in 1988–92, it also remained his last extensive work; he conducted its premiere in Los Angeles in February 1993, one year before his death. Conductor Hannu Lintu is an excellent advocate of Lutoslawski’s music. Hannu Lintu recently won the Gramophone Award for his recording of the Bartók Violin Concertos (ODE 1317-2) together with Christian Tetzlaff and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Recordings by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu on Ondine have gathered excellent reviews in the international press. Two of their recordings were nominated for Gramophone Awards in 2018. One of them, including orchestral works and songs by Jean Sibelius (ODE 1289-5) also won an ICMA Award in January 2018.

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Image Violin Concerto; Fantasy; Symphonic Legend; Sympho
Heino Eller was much more than anything I can express in words. It was largely due to him that music in Estonia was able to achieve a cultural and professional dignity. – ARVO PÄRT Heino Eller (1887-1970) can be considered as one of the founders of Estonian professional music culture. Eller’s legacy is twofold – in his prolific instrumental compositions he forged an elaborate style that successfully combined both modern and national elements, and as a prominent professor of composition during half a century he influenced generations of Estonian composers. This new recording by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Olari Elts and featuring violinist Baiba Skride includes some of the highlights from the composer’s catalogue of orchestral works and is a fitting tribute to the centenary of Estonia’s independence. Heino Eller’s Violin Concerto in B minor was the first in its genre in Estonian music, and still one of the finest in the Estonian concerto literature. First written in the 1930s the one-movement work was scheduled to be performed in Tallinn on June 1940. For reasons unknown, the work was withdrawn until March 1965 when Neeme Järvi conducted the premiere of the work. During the 1980s this work was performed several times and eventually recorded. Another work for violin and orchestra, Fantasy, was first written in 1916 and orchestrated in 1964. Fantasy is one of the earliest compositions that bears the hallmarks Eller´s individual style, and its sensitive lyricism and charming simplicity give the work an enduring appeal. The Symphonic Legend is Eller’s largest score prior to the First Symphony (1936). It was premiered on June 1923 in Tartu, and Eller revised the score for performance in 1938. A work with a wealth of musical material and masterly orchestration, Symphonic Legend was next performed only in 2014 by Olari Elts with the Estonian NSO, and the current recording is the first. Heino Eller wrote three Symphonies between the 1930s and 1960s. Unlike his other two Symphonies, the 2nd Symphony has only one movement. The work was abandoned soon after the Zhdanov decree was published in February 1948, and only the first movement remains. The severe and at times tragic nature of the music was incompatible with the demands of the official Soviet cultural ideology. Although the work was recorded in 1984, the Symphony was not performed publicly until as recently as September 2012. Violinist Baiba Skride’s natural approach to her music-making has endeared her to some of today’s most important conductors and orchestras worldwide. She is consistently invited for her refreshing interpretations, her sensitivity and delight in the music. The list of prestigious orchestras with whom she has worked include the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Münchner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony. In North America she performs with the New York Philharmonic as well as Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, Houston and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. Further afield she works with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Notable conductors she collaborates with include Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Ed Gardner, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Vasily Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Tugan Sokhiev, John Storgårds and Simone Young. The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ENSO) is the longest continually operating professional orchestra of its kind in the country. The orchestra’s history dates back to 1926 and, like that of many other world orchestras, is connected to the birth of national broadcasting. The orchestra performs with renowned conductors and soloists from around the world, including Estonian musicians of the highest calibre. Its recordings demonstrate a quality recognized by many prestigious music magazines, having won several prizes, including a Grammy Award. In addition, ENSO has regularly given concerts in European and Scandinavian countries, appearing at many prestigious festivals including Köln, New York, Verona, Genoa, Munich, and Stockholm. With a repertoire ranging from the Baroque period to the present, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra has also given premiere performances of symphonic works by several Estonian composers, including Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Eduard Tubin, Eino Tamberg, Jaan Rääts, Lepo Sumera, Tõnu Kõrvits and Helena Tulve. Olari Elts’ international career sees him throughout all continents, performing with such orchestras as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Wiener Symphoniker, Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian, Danish, Finnish and Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestras, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, SWR Radio- Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Lyon, Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, Orquesta Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, the Seattle and Cincinnati Symphonies and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. In the Far East, he works with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and Malaysian Philharmonic. In Australia and New Zealand, he conducts the symphony orchestras in Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and Adelaide as well as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Soloists with whom he collaborates include Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Brett Dean, Isabelle Faust, Alban Gerhardt, Martin Grubinger, Martin Helmchen, Stephen Hough, Felix Kleiser, Kari Kriikku, Sally Matthews, Karita Mattila, Baiba Skride and Antoine Tamastit. Olari Elts is founder of his contemporary music ensemble, NYYD Ensemble. Through a broad range of repertoire he combines a strong commitment to vocal and choral as well as contemporary music, with close associations to his fellow Estonians, Arvo Pärt and Erkki-Sven Tüür.

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Image Canticles and Prayers
Georgy Sviridov’s (1915–1998) Canticles and Prayers is considered by many as one of the most important works in Russian sacred music. In this new recording Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava offer impressive renditions of music from this collection by the Russian master. Sviridov, a pupil of Shostakovich, began writing religious works since 1969. Since then these works came to form an important part of his oeuvre. In the 1980s Sviridov had several projects to write a liturgy or a mass. In the end, the sketches of his sacred music came to form a cycle titled Canticles and Prayers. The work was created at a turning point in the history of Russia, the perestroika years that ended in the collapse of the Soviet state. The composer was keenly affected by the events of those years, building a monument to his era. The main body of Canticles and Prayers was assembled between 1988 and 1992. In September 1997, Sviridov selected the versions he thought best, approving the final order for the first three parts and making the final edits to the score. This work remained incomplete at the time of his death in 1998. Canticles and Prayers was thus Sviridov’s last work. The recording also includes chorus The Red Easter (1978) based on a cycle of Easter hymns. The releases of the Latvian Radio Choir on Ondine have been highly successful. For instance, the recording of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (ODE 1206-5) was chosen as the Record of the Month, Editor’s Choice and received a nomination in the Gramophone Awards in 2013. Also, their recent releases of choral works by Valentin Silvestrov (ODE 1266-5) and Eriks Esenvalds (ODE 1247-2) received Gramophone Editor’s Choice.

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Image Sonatas, Partitas, Suites - Complete Arrangements
This new Ondine release by Danish-born recorder player Bolette Roed includes the music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) arranged for solo recorder. The works were arranged by Frans Brüggen (1934–2014), famous Dutch recorder player and conductor who was of the greatest importance to the movement of the historically informed performance practice.

With the exception of his Partita BWV 1013, Bach wrote relatively few works for the recorder. However, composers like Bach and Vivaldi did themselves arrange many of their works for different instruments. From this point of view the work of arranging Bach’s solo cello and violin pieces for recorder is something what Bach himself could have done, had he been inspired by a talented recorder player himself at the time of his compositions. For this recording several different recorders were being chosen. For the 11 movements written for the violin original keys were kept by changing the recorders accordingly. The cello suites are being played by one recorder only by transposing the original keys down a minor second.

Bolette Roed is an award-winning artist who regularly performs with major Danish orchestras as well as with early music ensembles and baroque orchestras in various countries. Bolette Roed strives to extend the instrument’s repertoire beyond its established role in Early Music, towards new frontiers of improvisation, folk, and world music. Roed further aspires to adapt canonical classical works to the recorder and stays in constant dialogue with and commissions new works from today’s composers.

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Image Paradisus vocis
Andrejs Selickis (b. 1960) is a singular, idiosyncratic phenomenon among Latvian composers. As with Arvo Pärt, Selickis’ work is inseparably linked to his faith, which has found a deep and unique expression in his distinct style. Iconic symbolism, sacred archetypes and the ecstatic experience of God’s presence are the keys to his music. This new recording by the Latvian Radio Choir includes choral works by Selickis. Conductor Sigvards Klava has enjoyed friendship and artistic collaboration with the giving premieres to several of his most important vocal works. Andrejs Selickis grew up and studied music in Latvia, when a crucial meeting with Arvo Pärt took place in the 1970s. Arvo Pärt became a mentor and an example for the composer, both in life and in music. After Pärt emigrated from the Soviet Union, Selickis’ found new home in his church. Selickis has worked as an independent artist since graduating from the conservatory. He lives in Riga and serves as a regent, liturgist and psalmist in various congregations of the Church. In 2015 he was awarded the Latvian Great Music Award, the highest state honour in music. The creative collaboration and friendship between Sigvards Klava and Selickis began in 2012 with the Litany to Mother Teresa, the first composition with which Andrejs Selickis entered active concert life. Together, Klava and Selickis have studied and sung Old Believer chants and have also set out pilgrimages to various monasteries. The present album serves as a resume of the creative collaboration between the Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava and Andrejs Selickis. ?The Latvian Radio Choir (LRC) ranks among the top professional chamber choirs in Europe and its refined taste for musical material, fineness of expression and vocal of unbelievably immense compass have charted it as a noted brand on the world map. The repertoire of LRC ranges from the Renaissance music to the most sophisticated scores by modern composers; and it could be described as a sound laboratory – the singers explore their skills by turning to the mysteries of traditional singing, as well as to the art of quartertone and overtone singing and other sound production techniques. The choir has established a new understanding of the possibilities of a human voice; one could also say that the choir is the creator of a new choral paradigm: every singer is a distinct individual with his or her own vocal signature and roles in performances. Sigvards Klava is one of the most outstanding Latvian conductors, also a professor of conducting and producer, music director of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1992. As a result of Sigvards Klava’s steady efforts, the Latvian Radio Choir has become an internationally recognized, vocally distinctive collective, where each singer possesses a creative individuality. Under Sigvards’ guidance, the choir has recorded a number of choral works by little known or completely forgotten composers of the past, as well as formed a friendly collaboration with a number of notable Latvian composers. Sigvards Klava is a professor at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. Klava is a multiple winner of the Latvian Great Music Award.

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Image Symphonies Nos 1 (1988 version), 2 (1984 version)
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Image The Lemminkäinen Legends / Tapiola
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Image Angel of Light (Symphony No 7)
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Image Violin Concerto / Isle of Bliss (Lintukoto) / Ange
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Image Complete Karelia Music / Press Celebration Music
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Image A Requiem in Our Time - Complete Works for Brass
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Image Four Last Songs, Vier Letzte Lieder
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Marek Janowski, conductor
Soile Isokoski, soprano

Isokoski has all the attributes of a supreme Straussian soprano: a radiantly beatiful voice, unblemished legato, lustrous high notes and the ability to float those sumptuous phrases on apparently limitless supplies of breath.
Richard Wigmore, The Daily Telegraph, April 21, 2006, Classical CD of the Week

In her outstanding rendition of fifteen selected Strauss songs, Soile Isokoski unveils a new dimension of singing: she uses her voice like an instrument which has not been invented yet for the orchestra.
Wolfram Goertz, Die Zeit, October 10, 2002

This is a great recording of Strauss's Four Last Songs; you'll find it at the top of my 2002 Want List.
Marc Mandel, Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2002

Isokoski sings Strauss as if it had been written for her. (...) the Berlin Radio Symphony plays like the Berlin Philharmonic.
John Boyer, American Record Guide, September/October 2002

Soile Isokoski is (...) a wonderful Strauss singer with a beautiful lyric soprano voice - you can just float away on the sound.
James Jolly, Gramophone Award 2002, Editor's Choice

Strauss singing doesn't come much better than this. (...) Here she brings her gifts of sheer beauty of sound combined with a quite unaffected approach to pieces that have suffered enough in their time from over-interpretation.
Alan Blyth, Gramophone, April 2002, Editor's Choice: Record of the Month

This great recording is up there with the greatest of them.
Barry Millington, BBC Music Magazine, April 2002, Performance*****

I can't praise this beautiful release enough. (...) no lover of Strauss' songs or of great, elegant, un-prima-donna-ish singing would be without Isokoski's.
Robert Levine,, March 24, 2002, Artistic Quality 10 / Sound Quality 10

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Image Sibelius Favourites & Sibelius conducting Sibelius
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Image Peter and the Wolf / Pekka ja Susi
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Image Joulu tullut on - Christmas Carols
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Image Violin Concerto / Karelia Suite / Belshazzar's Fea
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Image Piano Concerto No 3 (Gift of Dreams) / Autumn Gard
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Image Karitan joulu
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Image Apotheosis - The Best of Einojuhani Rautavaara
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor
Mikko Franck, conductor
Leif Segerstam, conductor
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet

This mid-price CD compilation couples the greatest orchestral hits by Einojuhani Rautavaara, who is one of the most-performed and best-selling classical composers alive. Rautavaara is Finland's most successful composer after Jean Sibelius. He is by nature a romantic, even a mystic, and writes music in a very approachable style.

The featured soloists include clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Leif Segerstam have countless pedigrees in performing Rautavaara's works, including the Grammy-nominated seventh symphony Angel of Light (ODE 869-2).

Also included is Apotheosis with Swedish RSO and Mikko Franck (ODE 1002-2). Finnish film maker Aki Kaurismäki chose this 8-minute recording for the soundtrack of his latest comedy-drama film Le Havre (2011).

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Image Jouluyö, juhlayö - Christmas Carols
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Image Muistojen joulu
Ondine's 2007 Christmas album takes listeners on a nostalgic journey with historic archival recordings from the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE (1954-56). This collection of eighteen typical Finnish Christmas songs features the popular Finnish schlager musicians of half a century ago, including Sulo Saarits, Mauno Kuusisto and the folk song choir Peipposet.

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Image Lumikuningatar (The Snow Queen)
Finnish National Opera Orchestra

Finland's internationally most successful movie music composer Tuomas Kantelinen has written the music for more than 30 films since the mid-1990s, including Puhdistus (Purge, directed by Antti Jokinen), Äideistä parhain (Mother of Mine, Klaus Härö), Mindhunters (Renny Harlin) and Mongol (Serge Bodrov). Kantelinen has received several awards at home and abroad for his film scores, including the Finnish Jussi Award for Lunastus (The Redemption, 1997) and Rukajärven tie (Ambush, 1999).

With The Snow Queen, the Finnish National Ballet scored a hit. This success was due not only to Andersen's wonderful story and its brilliant staging but also to the music of composer Tuomas Kantelinen. He says he wanted "to write music that is melodic, beautiful and accessible, as its principal function is to put viewers of all ages into a cheerful Christmas mood. It is a deliberate nod towards the tradition of Christmas ballets for the whole family, such as Nutcracker. I had a great deal of fun creating character dance pastiches that illustrate the conceptions that people have of the musical styles of various countries."

In addition to film scores, Kantelinen has written music for TV series and ads. His opera Paavo Suuri (Paavo the Great) was performed at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki in 2000 and broadcast around Europe on the Arte TV channel. He has also written a Piano Concerto, a Guitar Concerto and works for choir, symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra.

Tuomas Kantelinen is at his best when shifting chameleon-like between musical styles and colours and writing music that elicits a genuine emotional response. For this timeless tale, he created a musical score that is at once nostalgic and contemporary.

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Image Einojuhani Rautavaara 90th Anniversary Edition
Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928–2016) would have turned 90 October 9th, 2018. During his long career as a composer spanning seven decades from the late 1940s until his very last days, the composer created a wide list of works in various music genres, including 8 symphonies, several concertos and operas as well as a large amount of vocal and chamber music – majority of them have been recorded by Ondine. The recordings released by the label played a key role in bringing the composer to international attention during the 1990s. This anniversary release includes a re-issue of his 8th Symphony, written for the centenary of the Philadelphia Orchestra, his Harp Concerto, written for the Minnesota Orchestra, as well as a sampler of selected moments from Ondine’s extensive Rautavaara discography.

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Image Oi jouluyö (Christmas Carols)
Soile Isokoski, sopraano
Lapin kamariorkesteri
John Storgårds, kapellimestari

Tähtisopraano Soile Isokosken joululevyllä Oi jouluyö soi hienostunut ohjelmisto suomeksi laulettuja tuttuja joululauluja. Tuttujen laulujen ohella mukaan on nostettu kätköistä myös muutamia hieman tuntemattomampia helmiä suomalaisilta säveltäjiltä.

Soile Isokoski kuuluu kansainvälisten esiintymislavojen loistavimpiin esiintyjiin aina Wienin valtionoopperaa, Lontoon Covent Gardenia, Milanon La Scalaa ja New Yorkin Metropolitania myöten. Vaikka hänet tunnetaan parhaiten suurten oopperaroolien, oratorion ja liedin taitajana, on myös kotoisilla ja ulkoisesti hillitymmillä joululauluilla aina ollut tärkeä asema Isokosken ohjelmistossa. Hänen soinnikas ja kaunis äänensä tuntuu niiden parissa olevan omalla maaperällään, ja niiden tulkinnoissa on kuuluvilla sama sielukas ote, joka sävyttää myös Isokosken ohjelmiston vaativampia teoksia.

Joululevyllä tekee samalla Ondine-debyyttinsä John Storgårdsin johtama Lapin kamariorkesteri, joka kuuluu Suomen taide-elämän persoonallisimpiin ja omaperäisimpiin edustajiin. Orkesterin huippuaikaa on ollut Storgårdsin vuonna 1996 alkanut taiteellisen johtajuuden kausi, jota on leimannut ennakkoluulottomuus ja tyylillinen laaja-alaisuus.

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Image Nyt tähtitarhoihin laulu soi (Suomen Kansallisoopp
Suomen kansallisoopperan solistit, orkesteri, kuoro ja lapsikuoro
MICHAEL GÜTTLER, kapellimestari

Suomen Kansallisoopperan tunnelmallisella joululevyllä Nyt tähtitarhoihin laulu soi kuullaan klassikoiksi muodostuneita joululauluja. Monet pohjolan rakastetuimmista joululauluista omaavat jo satojen vuosien takaisen perinteen, mutta suurin osa Suomen suosituimmista joululauluista sävellettiin 1800-luvulla.

Lämmintunnelmaista ja herkkää levyä kruunaa harvinaisen monilukuinen esiintyjäkaarti, joka tuo myös levylle oopperasta tuttua loistoa: levyä tähdittää Kansallisoopperan 12 laulusolistia sekä Kansallisoopperan orkesteri, kuoro ja lapsikuoro. Kapellimestarina levyllä toimii Kansallisoopperan elokuussa 2013 virkansa aloittanut uusi ylikapellimestari Michael Güttler.

Uudella levyllä perinteikkäät joululaulut kuullaan Juha Lehmuksen ja Ilkka Kuusiston loisteliaina sovituksina.

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Image Christmas at Ainola - Joulu Ainolassa
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