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Sagan om Ondine startade i liten skala, 1985, vid den finska Kammarmusikfestivalen i Kuhmo, då grundaren Reijo Kiilunen gav ut en skiva med liveinspelningar från det årets festival. Fyra år senare rönte dock utgivningen av Rautavaaras opera ”Thomas” stor internationell uppmärksamhet. Reijo lämnade då uppdraget som konsertansvarig vid festivalen för att ägna sig helt och hållet åt sitt skivbolag.

I dag är Ondine ett högt respekterat skivmärke över hela världen, känt för sina högklassiga inspelningar. Till dags dato har bolaget släppt över 500 cd och dvd:er och vunnit massor av priser, så som Cannes Classical Awards (Midem), Gramophone Awards och BBC Music Magazine Awards.

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

CHRISTIAN TETZLAFF, violin
HELSINKI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
JOHN STORGÅRDS

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.

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Image Da pacem Domine
Estonian composer Arvo Part’s timeless music has touched listeners for decades. He is one of the most performed living composers. This new release features eight choral pieces which were written between 1988 and 2012. These works feature some of Part’s finest vocal writing, especially in the three-movement Triodion and the seven-movement Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen. Part is famous for his tintinnabuli style, which he took on after distancing himself from his earlier writing which utilized neo-classicism, serialism, and polystylism. Of his style, Part once wrote, “I could compare my music to white light which contains all colors. Only a prism can divide the colors and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener.” The Latvian Radio Choir’s prior releases for Ondone have garnered them critical acclaim. Their recording of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil received the Record of the Month, Editor’s Choice, and was a nominee for the Gramophone Awards in 2013.

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Image Serenades Nos. 1 & 2
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.

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Image Angels and Visitations - A Rautavaara Anthology (2
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Leif Segerstam, conductor
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor
Max Pommer, conductor
Timo Nuoranne, conductor
Mikko Franck, conductor

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Image The Violin Sonatas
EDITOR'S CHOICE
".... a superbly satisfying disc" Gramophone 2016

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"Så bliver efteråret ikke smukkere. Medmindre man tager endnu længere ind i Brahms' verden af smertelig, blid vemod og suverænt musikalsk satsarbejde ved at lytte til hans sonater for to instrumenter. Sammen med sin faste klaverpartner Lars Vogt spiller violinisten Christian Tetzlaff violinsonaterne med følsomheden helt uden på tøjet..."
Politiken Thomas Michelsen, oktober 2016

Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff together with pianist Lars Vogt offer an exciting program of Violin Sonatas by Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). This new release continues a successful series of recordings of violin chamber works by the artist duo.
Johannes Brahms’ Violin Sonatas are among the greatest masterpieces in 19th century chamber music. Brahms wrote these sonatas between 1878 and 1888, at the height of his creative powers. With these powerful works Brahms brought the genre of violin sonatas into a new dimension. Included is also Scherzo movement from the F. A. E. Sonata which Brahms contributed to a composite sonata with Robert Schumann and Albert Dietrich in 1853.

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Image Traumgesicht / Marjatta / The Blue Pearl
SOILE ISOKOSKI, soprano
FINNISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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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Image Rubáiyát / Balada / Canto V
GERALD FINLEY, bass-baritone
MIKA POHJONEN, tenor

HELSINKI MUSIC CENTRE CHOIR, HELSINKI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
JOHN STORGÅRDS, conductor

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 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 Choralis - Orchestral Works
Jón Nordal (b. 1926) celebrated his 90th birthday in March 2016. Nordal is an important representative of contemporary Nordic music but the Icelandic composer has remained as a relatively unknown figure outside of his native country. The Iceland Symphony Orchestra under one of Sweden’s leading young conductors Johannes Gustavsson offer a unique glimpse into the creative world of this neglected composer with this release that contain a set of three orchestral pieces written in 1973–75 (Leiðsla; Epitafion; Langnætti) in the height of his creative powers, as well as an earlier orchestral work from 1966 (Adagio) and one of his masterpieces, Choralis, from 1982.

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Image Let the wind speak
CAMILLA HOITENGA, Flutes

ANSSI KARTTUNEN, Cello
DANIEL BELCHER, Baritone
HÉLOÏSE DAUTRY, Harp
DA CAMERA OF HOUSTON


This new release by Ondine offers a unique glimpse into the flute chamber works of Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952), one of the leading contemporary composers internationally. The disc includes works covering four decades, from 1982 to 2012 performed by flutist Camilla Hoitenga. Hoitenga is joined by cellist Anssi Karttunen, Da Camera of Houston, baritonist Daniel Belcher and harpist Héloïse Dautry.

Kaija Saariaho and Camilla Hoitenga met for the first time in 1982 and their collaboration has been active for many years. Hoitenga has partly inspired several of the compositions heard on this disc. Besides premiering flute works by Saariaho, she has championed Saariaho's flute works around the world.

This release includes, among others, the world premiere recording of Sombre, a work originally commisioned by the Da Camera Society of Houston, Texas to be premiered at the Rothko Chapel.



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Image Turangalila-Symphonie
ANGELA HEWITT, PIANO •
VALÉRIE HARTMANN-CLAVERIE,
ONDES MARTENOT

FINNISH RADIO SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA • HANNU LINTU


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 Al largo / Cello Concerto No. 2 / Era
ANSSI KARTTUNEN, cello
FINNISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
HANNU LINTU


Magnus Lindberg (b. 1958) is among the most important European contemporary voices in classical music. This recording includes some of Lindberg's most recent orchestral works written during and after his composer-in-residence years with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (2009-12). Lindberg is continuing as the composer-in-residence with the London Philharmonic Orchestra 2014-17.

This recording includes Cello Concerto No. 2 performed by Anssi Karttunen as the soloist and two orchestral works performed by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conducted by its chief-conductor Hannu Lintu.

Al largo is an extensive work with a duration of over 20 minutes written and dedicated for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Alan Gilbert. Despite of its title Lindberg himself considers it as the fastest music he has ever written. The title suggest that under the busy surface a large structure is slowly shaping itself.

Cello Concerto No. 2 was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Concerto is re-written, orchestrated and extended version of a chamber work, Santa Fe Project (Konzerstück), which was written in 2006. The Cello Concerto was premiered by Anssi Karttunen, who also plays as soloist in this premiere recording of the work.

The final work on the disc, Era, was commissioned by the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra for its 125th Anniversary in 2013. This work was inspired by the music written during a golden age in music in Europe, just before the outbreak of World War I. The work evolves towards opulent sonorities and bold culminations. The work, also receiving here its premiere recording, has been described as a tone poem, even though it has no narrative content.


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Image Cello Concertos
TRULS MØRK, cello

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
VASILY PETRENKO, conductor

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 The Bells of Dawn (Russian Sacred and Folk Songs)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone

The Grand Choir 'Masters of Choral Singing'
Lev Kontorovich


Ondine's third release with the star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is devoted to sacred works by Russian composers and to Russian folk songs. Hvorostovsky is accompanied by the prestigious Russian Grand Choir 'Masters of Choral Singing', conducted by Lev Kontorovich, a choir which is keeping up the best traditions of the Russian choral singing.

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.

The title song of the album Georgy Sviridov's (1915-1998) Bells of Dawn, is an atmospheric song creating an almost otherworldly and remote soundscape. It is also a piece with great potential for radio play.



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Image Lemminkäinen Legends / Pohjola's Daughter
FINNISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
HANNU LINTU, CONDUCTOR

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 Sensitive Skin
Award-winning Finnish accordionist, composer, adventurist Kimmo Pohjonen releases his new album Sensitive Skin on Ondine's Octopus label.
The album appears on Ondine's sub-label Octopus and follows the successful Uniko album (ODE 1185-2) with Kronos Quartet and Samuli Kosminen.
Sensitive Skin features new Pohjonen compositions exploring dynamic, new sonic territory with special guests Kronos Quartet (string quartet) and several Finish players.
Kimmo Pohjonen has this to say: "This is the first album where I had enough time to plan and record at a comfortable pace and in my own studio, allowing the music to emerge more organically and exactly as I wanted. Additionally, the vocal contributions by my daughters were a big influence on the way the music and album were shaped, created and arranged. I am more than satisfied, even thrilled with the results."

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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 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)

LATVIAN RADIO CHOIR
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 Symphony No. 3 (Organ) / Organ Concerto / Toccata
Music Director Christoph Eschenbach leads The Philadelphia Orchestra through a program of prominent masterpieces for organ and orchestra, which also feature one of the world’s finest organ virtuosos, Olivier Latry, who is resident organist at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris.

These are recordings made at a historic event, the inaugural concerts of the new pipe organ at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center in May 2006. The press qualified the performances as electrifying (“one of the great performances in Eschenbach’s music-director tenure. (…) If this performance is well-captured on disc, it will be a case of lightning in a bottle.” – Philadelphia Inquirer, 13 May 2006).

The new instrument is the largest pipe organ of any concert hall in the United States, and combined with the legendary sound of the glorious Philadelphians, it provides for a thrilling sound demonstration on SACD.

Three powerful works on this recording showcase the broad range of the new instrument’s possibilities: sparkling virtuosity in Samuel Barber’s celebratory Toccata Festiva, religious moods in Francis Poulenc’s profound Organ Concerto, and rafter-shaking power in Saint-Saëns’s majestic “Organ” Symphony – one of the absolute masterpieces in the organ/orchestra repertoire.




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Image Violin Concerto
Benjamin Schmid, violin

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor


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Image Nature Morte
Ondine is proud to release this disc of choral works dedicated to Estonian composer Galina Grigorjeva (b. 1962). The works, recorded in the presenceGalina Grigorjeva, originally born in Ukraine, is known for her deeply spiritual and timeless sacred vocal works.

The title piece of the disc, Nature Morte, is a powerful spiritual work based on poetry by Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996).

Some elements of folk music can also be heard in the vocal suite Svjatki which uses Russian folk texts. Other vocal pieces on the disc follow traditional Latin and Slavic liturgical texts.

The recordings by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir have gathered positive reviews in the worldwide press. This recording is the fifth release by the choir on Ondine.

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Image Symphony No. 1 / Blumine
FINNISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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 All-Night Vigil
Latvian Radio Choir / Sigvards Klava

This release of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil follows several acclaimed releases from the Latvian Radio Choir under its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Sigvards Klava.

Rachmaninov's Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (ODE11515) and the All-Night Vigil are two supreme examples of choral writing in the Russian Orthodox tradition, featuring music of uplifting spiritual strength.

The All-Night Vigil is composed for unaccompanied voices but Rachmaninov created a work of such richness that it can be described as "choral orchestration", demanding a wide vocal range from the singers.

The Latvian Radio Choir is regarded as one of the top professional chamber choirs in Europe. Their repertoire extends from the Renaissance to the present day, but always focussing on exploring the capabilities of the voice and seeking to push its limits.

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



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Image The Piano Trios
Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt are joined with Tanja Tetzlaff on this exciting new recording of the Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Piano Trios.




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Image Impromptus, Moments musicaux, Six German Dances
Following Lars Vogt's hugely popular solo debut recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations on Ondine the pianist's new solo recording features much-loved piano works by Franz Schubert (1797-1828). The Impromptus D 899, Six German Dances D 820 and the famous Moments musicaux were written when Schubert was at the height of his maturity and they contain some of his most well-known pieces for the piano.

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Image Piano Sonatas Opp. 31 (Tempest), 78, 79, 81a & 90
This double-CD release is a fourth volume in pianist Paavali Jumppanen’s ongoing recording cycle of the Beethoven piano sonatas.
This release includes Piano Sonatas Nos. 16–18 & 24–27 – written between 1801–02 and 1809–14, and belonging to the middle period of the composer’s oeuvre.
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 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’s first instalment in the Beethoven cycle received thrilling reviews and, among others, the ‘Choc’ Award from the French music magazine Classica.

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Image Kullervo
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra has a long and triumphant association with the music of Jean Sibelius, having premièred under the composer's baton almost all of his symphonic works. In this release, they perform, under their longstanding chief conductor Leif Segerstam, Sibelius's early choral symphony Kullervo. The work is based on the legend of Kullervo in the epic Kalevala, which tells the mythic history of the ancient Finns. The great success of the 1892 première in Helsinki - Sibelius conducted the Helsinki Philharmonic - turned out to be the breakthrough of the great Finnish composer's career who became a true national hero.

The sung parts in the third and fifth movement are performed by native speakers: the famous Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski whose Sibelius Orchestral Songs album on Ondine (featuring the Helsinki Philharmonic/Leif Segerstam) won both a BBC Music Magazine Disc of the Year Award and a MIDEM Classical Award in 2007; the acclaimed baritone Tommi Hakala, who won the 2003 BBC 'Singer of the World' award; and the internationally reputed YL Male Voice Choir, which in the year of this release looks back on 125 years of history and many commissions of Sibelius's best-known choral works.

Recorded in DXD, this hybrid SACD provides for an ecstatic sound experience of this haunting music. This release completes the acclaimed Sibelius Symphonies Cycle with Leif Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, which was hailed as "a major Sibelius event" by ClassicsToday.com.



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


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 Chamber Works for Strings, Vol. 1
META4
ANNA LAAKSO, piano
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 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 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 Cello Concerto / Herma
The celebrated Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk is known as a tireless champion of the best contemporary music. On this release, he portrays the Icelandic composer Hafliði Hallgrímsson - himself a professional cellist - with his two works for cello and orchestra. Truls Mørk is joined by the forces of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, one of the finest ensembles of its kind, under the direction of John Storgårds. This CD includes the first commercial recording of the Cello Concerto, which Hallgrímsson dedicated to Mørk in 2003. Ever since, he has championed the work in a number of performances across Europe to great acclaim; while The Times called it, "a remarkable new addition to the cello repertoire... one of his [Hallgrímsson's] finest work to date..." (Hilary Finch, The Times, 28 January 2004), Scotland's Herald spoke of "a work of haunting beauty" (Michael Tumelty, The Herald, 26 January 2004).



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Image Northern Lights / Kalevala Suite / Cheremissian Fa
OPUS REKOMMENDERAR

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 Violin Concerto / The Wood Nymph / The Bard
OPUS REKOMMENDERAR

5 AV 6 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I SVENSKA DAGBLADET

4 AV 5 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I UPSALA NYA TIDNING

BETYG: 6
LJUDKVALITET: 5

(Opus)

"...en av de riktigt stora Sibelius-inspelningarna, någonsin."
(Opus)

"Visst tillhör Frank Peter Zimmermann toppskiktet bland dagens violinister. Ändå är det lite överraskande att han gjort en tolkning av Sibelius magiska violinkonsert som går utöver allt sedan Anne-Sophie Mutters inspelning för 15 år sedan. Mutter hade än större klangvariation, men också hos Zimmermann möter vi en högoktanig tolkning. På pluskontot står helt klart orkestern, Helsingforsfilharmonikerna, och dirigenten John Storgårds - en arkaisk kraft som ställvis slår igenom skoningslöst. Det ger resonans också i de symfoniska dikterna Barden och Skogsrået."
(Svenska Dagbladet)

- This CD features a new recording of the virtuoso Sibelius Violin Concerto, featuring German star violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann as soloist.

- This work remains one of the most popular late Romantic concertos in the catalog.

- Frank Peter Zimmermann's hallmark on this recording is his electrifying approach to the dazzling finale; few performers only manage to reach or even exceed Sibelius's demanding tempo recommendation for this movement, which critics have described as an 'invocation' filled with 'demonic passion'.

- Also, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under chief conductor John Storgårds performs two powerful rarities by the same composer, the symphonic poems The Bard and The Wood Nymph.

- The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra has unique credentials in performing Sibelius's music, having premiered these tone poems a century ago, conducted by Sibelius himself.



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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 Clarinet Concerto (D'om le vrai sens)
HÖGSTA BETYG I SVENSKA DAGBLADET

"Mystik, klangsinnlighet och överskridande återkommer hos Kaija Saariaho, som i klarinettkonserten D'om le vrai sens (2010). Svenskt förstagångsframförande gavs i februari av Radiosymfonikerna under John Storgårds. Här dirigerar Sakari Oramo Finska Radiosymfonikerna, förstås utan den vandring under spelet som Kari Kriikku gjorde i Berwaldhallen. Musiken om de fem sinnena samt det gåtfulla sjätte inspirerades av tapetserien Damen och enhörningen i Musée de Cluny i Paris. I Laterna Magica för stor orkester (2008) dyker klangslöjor upp och försvinner som hägringar, titeln tagen från Ingmar Bergmans memoarer. Utsökt sång av Anu Komsi i Leino songs (2007)."
(Svenska Dagbladet)

Kari Kriikku, clarinet
Anu Komsi, soprano

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo

Star clarinetist Kari Kriikku ("a physically flamboyant player of Olympian virtuosity" - The New York Times) is featured on the much awaited premiere recording of Kaija Saariaho's first clarinet concerto D'OM LE VRAI SENS. In the composer's words, "the general idea of this piece is based on the famous medieval tapestries called La Dame à la Licorne [displayed at the Musée de Cluny in Paris]. The subject matter is the five senses and the 'sixth sense.'" The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, here led by its chief conductor Sakari Oramo, performed the acclaimed world première performance in September 2010.

Kari Kriikku has inspired many other native composers to write concertos for him, subsequently recorded for Ondine: Magnus Lindberg (2006 BBC Music Magazine Award & Classic FM Gramophone Award), Uljas Pulkkis, Jukka Tiensuu, Kimmo Hakola, and Jouni Kaipainen.

Also included are the 20-minute orchestral piece Laterna Magica, co-commissioned by Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker and Lucerne Festival, and a cycle of four Leino Songs (on poems by Eino Leino), written for the acclaimed Finnish soprano Anu Komsi.


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Image Violin Sonatas
5/5 i DN

"Strax innan W A Mozart påbörjar "Don Giovanni" hinner han komponera en violinsonat i A-dur, till vem och varför vet man inte säkert, som tillhör kammarmusikens mest andlösa mästerverk. Särskilt den andra satsen som liknar en scen mellan en som gråter och en som tröstar. Där det först närmast beethovenskt sammanbitna temat i pianot besvaras och tas vid handen av violinen tills dialogen är ett faktum. Där varsamt lekfulla rollbyten mellan instrumenten varieras med unisona ögonblick av högsta möjliga intimitet. En befrielse som får sitt eruptiva utlopp i finalen. Världsartisterna Lars Vogts och Christian Tetzlaffs tolkning av denna sonat och två andra gör detta till årets bästa kammarmusik-album."
(Dagens Nyheter)

Lars Vogt (piano)
Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Ondine is pleased to release its first chamber music recording from violinist Christian Tetzlaff, featuring his long time pianist Lars Vogt.

The selection of these sonatas for piano and violin by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart demonstrate the composer's genius and show a wide range of emotions.

Christian Tetzlaff is considered as one of the very best violinists in the world. His recording of the violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Schumann, released on Ondine in 2011 (ODE11952) was greeted with considerable acclaim.

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 Manyworlds (CD+Blu-ray Audio)
Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin is among the most exciting contemporary composers in Scandinavia. This special CD + Blu-ray Audio release on Ondine includes world première recordings of three orchestral works by the composer, performed by the Bergen Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the Finnish conductor John Storgårds.



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Image Seven Songs / Chamber Symphony (arr. Dünser)
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Image Piano Sonatas Opp. 7, 13 (Pathetique), 109, 110 &
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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Image Cello Concerto / Symphony No 6 (Aphorisms)
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Image Clarinet Concerto / Violin Concerto / Liquid Marbl
"Hillborg wrote the Concerto for the flamboyant Martin Fröst (who has recorded other Hillborg works for BIS), whose penchant for theatrical performance has resulted in two radically different versions of the piece existing: the orchestral version recorded here and a shortened 'Millennium' version with tape accompaniment."

"...both concertos, with the dedicatees of each in excellent form, perfectly recorded. Recommended..."

(Gramophone)



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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."
(ClassicsToday.com, Artistic Quality 10/10 Sound Quality)



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Image Cello Concerto / Horn Concerto
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Image Symphony No. 3 / Cello Concerto
ARTISTIC QUALITY: 10
SOUND QUALITY: 10

(CLASSICSTODAY.com)

The première recording of Latvian Peteris Vasks' Third Symphony, a one-movement piece of spiritually deep and emotionally compelling music which promises to build on the success of the Second Symphony. This release, also on Ondine - coupled with the Violin Concerto 'Distant Light' (ODE 1005-2) and featuring the same performers - won the 2004 Cannes Classical Disc of the Year Award, in addition to the Orchestral 20th Century Award. The Third Symphony is coupled with the Cello Concerto (1993), a highly personal and moving work that reflects suffering under the Soviet regime and the strength that helped the people of his country to survive. It features soloist Marko Ylönen, who specializes in contemporary repertoire.The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, one of Scandinavia's foremost symphony orchestras, is led by John Storgårds, who became Music Director in August 2006.

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Image Elämälle. Songs by Oskar Merikanto
Jorma Hynninen is one of the most celebrated Finnish vocal artists of all time. This new disc contains the legendary baritone’s very personal account of songs by the compatriot Oskar Merikanto (1868–1924), which are truly worth a discovery! Many of the 25 songs remain to this day among the all-time favourite Finnish songs of any genre (such as the title song of this disc, Elämälle – ‘To life’).

Oskar Merikanto was equally popular among the large Finnish audience of his time as was Jean Sibelius. He was the co-founder of what would become the Finnish National Opera and composed major contributions to the song and opera genre of the late romantic era in Finland. A real master of melody who incorporated elements of folk music into his works, Oskar Merikanto rightfully provokes comparisons with composers of such genius as Schubert and Mahler as a song writer.

Jorma Hynninen has contributed not only to a renewal in the art of interpreting solo songs but also to the creation of a number of new contemporary operas by Rautavaara and Sallinen, to name but two composers. His greatest musical love though has always been Lied, a genre on which he successfully concentrates on this new recording. His dark, dramatic and dynamic voice fits the music ideally. Pianist Ilkka Paananen has appeared numerous times together with Jorma Hynninen and is an equally appreciated Lied partner of Elina Garanca, Dilbèr, Matti Salminen and Gabriel Suovanen.

The CD booklet includes liner notes and the song lyrics in the original Finnish and in English translation.




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Image Asrael Symphony
GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE

"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!"
(Gramophone)

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

TAPIOLA SINFONIETTA
MAGNUS LINDBERG, conductor


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 Cello Concerto No. 2 (Towards the Horizon)
4 AV 5 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I SYDSVENSKAN

"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."
(Sydsvenskan)

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 Symphony No. 2
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / John Storgårds

This release of works by Finnish composer Leevi Madetoja features his Symphony No.2, the symphonic poem Kullervo and Elegy - the first movement from the Symphonic Suite, op.4. Madetoja's Second Symphony, premiered in December 1918, was the most significant piece of music written in Finland since the symphonies of Sibelius. In the tone poem, he paints an image of Kullervo, the anti-hero of the Finnish national epic Kalevala, with tragedy and pathos.

John Storgards, one of Finland's exceptional artists, has taken the classical music world by storm in recent decades. Since 2008, Storgards has been Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic and Principal Guest Conductor of BBC Philharmonic since 2012.





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Image St Luke Passion - Sacred Works
IEVA PARSA, JANIS KURSEVS, DAUMANTS KALNINS
LATVIAN RADIO CHOIR, SINFONIETTA RIGA / SIGVARDS KLAVA

Eriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977) is one the leading Latvian composers of vocal music and one of the leading Latvian composers of his generation. This recording features new works by the composer with the prestigious Latvian Radio Choir conducted by Sigvards Klava.

The title piece of the recording is a 30-minute Passion according to St Luke, a work in eight movements completed by the composer in 2014. The work holds a special place in the composer’s repertoire as the first Passion by the celebrated composer of several choral works. The music is sumptuous, rich, and powerful, with heroic, picturesque, passionate, and ethereal elements.

A Drop in The Ocean (2006) is an impressive vocal work dedicated to Mother Teresa while The First Tears (2014) is based on an Inuit legend. Litany of the Heavens (2011) is a mysterious and magical work based on a religious poem by Fricis Barda.

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. Also their most recent release of choral works by Valentin Silvestrov (ODE 1266-5) received Gramophone Editor’s Choice.

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Image Piano Sonatas Opp. 2, 101 & 106 Hammerklavier
PAAVALI JUMPPANEN, piano


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.



99 kr (159 kr)
Image Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique) / Apotheosis
Also includes Rautavaara's Apotheosis.



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Image Transfiguration
5 AV 6 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I SVENSKA DAGBLADET

"Finlandssvenska Camilla Nylund gjorde en nobel Fidelio under Harnoncourt i Zürich. I Dresden sjunger hon Straussroller på Semperoperan, och finns på skiva i Wagners Rienzi och Tannhäuser, Langgaards Antikrist och på romansskivan Nordic autumn. Här ger hon vackra smakprov på sin slanka, men dramatiskt kapabla sopranstämma med Tammerfors filharmoniker under Hannu Lintu från bland annat Lohengrin och Tannhäuser, samt ur Strauss Arabella, Daphne, Ariadne på Naxos och Salome."
(Svenska Dagbladet)

Transfiguration is Camilla Nylund's much-awaited first album of arias. It captures the soprano's multi-faceted art with famous arias and scenes from operas by Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner, including the grueling final scenes from Tristan und Isolde and from Salome. These arias reflect the lyrical and dramatic facets of the acclaimed singer's current roles at such venues as Staatsoper Dresden, Vienna State Opera, and Bayreuther Festspiele. The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra is here led by their chief conductor Hannu Lintu.




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Image Symphonie Concertante / Symphony No. 1
TRULS MØRK, cello
TAMPERE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
HANNU LINTU

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 Les Nuits d'été / Shéhérazade
Véronique Gens, soprano
Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire / John Axelrod

On this release famous soprano Véronique Gens performs Herminie and Les Nuits d'été by Hector Berlioz and Shéhérazade by Maurice Ravel with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire under the baton of its music director John Axelrod.

Véronique Gens is internationally recognised as one of the greatest sopranos. She has made a big career with baroque repertoire and Mozart, but French repertoire, especially Berlioz and Ravel, are "as natural to her as the air that she breathes". Her French remains a model of immaculate diction, fluid and luminous.

Having a very special relationship to Berlioz's Les Nuits d'été and Herminie, Véronique Gens combines them on this release with Shéhérazade by Ravel, which conjures up a totally different world. On this CD Herminie is released the first time with Véronique Gens.

The charismatic conductor John Axelrod is music director of the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire since 2009, following the philosophy of being "open to the world" by extraordinarily diverse repertoire choices and innovative programming. Also internationally he is a sought after conductor both for concerts and opera productions.

Founded in 1971, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, a "national" orchestra since 1996, is based in two cities, in Angers and Nantes. Today about 200 concerts attract yearly about 200,000 listeners, among them more than 10,000 subscribers.




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Image Violin Sonatas
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Lars Vogt, piano



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Image Romances
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone
Ivari Ilja, piano

For his first CD release under his new recording agreement with Ondine, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has chosen art song repertoire of great intensity and emotion from his Russian home country. The selection of 26 Romances by Sergei Rachmaninov includes such popular songs as Spring waters, Op.14/11 and In the silence of the mysterious night, Op.4/3.

Together with his longstanding duo partner, Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja, they have frequently performed many of these songs to great critical acclaim ("Mr. Hvorostovsky used the infinite shadings of his luxuriously dark and dusky voice to illuminate the yearning nuances of bitterness and regret. [...] his admirable range of expressive and dynamic shadings [was] aptly mirrored by Ivari Ilja, an exemplary accompanist.." - The New York Times, 5 April 2008)

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. Dmitri Hvorostovsky has released numerous highly successful CD and DVD recordings on such labels as Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, and Delos.

The digital release of this album includes two additional songs as bonus tracks: Lilacs (Siren'), Op. 21/5, and The raising of Lazarus (Voskreshenije Lazarja), Op. 34 No. 6.






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Image Violin Concerto
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Harding

Ondine proudly presents a disc of works by German composer Jörg Widmann. This release features his Violin Concerto (2007), Insel der Sirenen for Violin and 19 Strings (1997) and Antiphon for Orchestral Groups (2007-08).

The acclaimed violinist Christian Tetzlaff, for whom the Violin Concerto was written, plays the solo part in these works and handles their challenges with incredible precision. He considers this Violin Concerto to be one of the greatest contemporary concertos.

Daniel Harding, one of the brightest conductors of his generation, is a frequent guest conductor for the world's top orchestras. As Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra he has helped the orchestra to become one of the most interesting and diverse ensembles of today.

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra - one of Europe's foremost orchestras - collaborates regularly with leading conductors, soloists and composers. Their strong commitment to contemporary music is also reflected in this recording.



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Image Orchestral Suites
FINNISH BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
SIRKKA-LIISA KAAKINEN-PILCH


Music historians of our time invariably describe the early 18th century as the era of Johann Sebastian Bach. But if one were to have asked German musicians living at the time, they might well have described it as the era of Georg Philipp Telemann. The distinguished music encyclopedia published by Johann Gottfried Walther - J.S. Bach's cousin, as it happens - in 1732 devotes four times more space to the fashionable maestro of Hamburg than to the humble Thomaskantor.

Graupner's total surviving output comprises some 2,000 separate works, including ten operas, a hundred symphonies, a thousand cantatas, 85 orchestral suites and 44 concertos. A significant part of his orchestral output consists of concertos and suites with diverse, sometimes very curious instruments in the solo ensembles.

Among the rarer solo instruments he favoured were the flûte d'amour, a flute pitched a third lower than the normal transverse flute, and the viola d'amore, an instrument roughly the same size and shape as a viola but with resonating free strings in addition to the (usually) seven strings played with the bow. Combining the traverso and hunting horn in the same concerto, or the viola d'amore and the chalumeau, was extremely exceptional for the period.

What is significant in Graupner's music is his exceptional command of melody and harmony, which do not really resemble those of any of his contemporaries.

A second volume featuring Graupner's chamber music will be released in 2014.





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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 Lumikuningatar (The Snow Queen)
Finnish National Opera Orchestra
TUOMAS KANTELINEN, conductor


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 Emilie Suite / Quatre Instants / Terra Memoria
KAREN VOURC'H, soprano
ORCHESTRE PHILHARMONIQUE DE STRASBOURG
MARKO LETONJA


Ondine new release includes works written in the last decade by one of the most important Finnish contemporary composers, Kaija Saariaho (b. 1958). Two of the works, the orchestral version of Quatre instants and Émilie Suite, feature the award-winning soprano Karen Vourc'h. Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg is conducted by the orchestra's new Music Director, Marko Letonja.

Émilie Suite is a 25-minute work based on Saariaho's 80-minute monodrama Opera Émilie. The Opera tells the dramatic story of a true historical character, Marquise Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749), one of the earliest woman scientists, who was also a mathematician and a physician. The suite includes three songs and two orchestral interludes from the Opera.

Quatre instant is one of Saariaho's vocal masterpieces, a song cycle in four movements, originally written for voice and piano, but soon adapted into an orchestral version by the composer. The songs which are based on texts written by Amin Maalouf for Kaija Saariaho reflect various dimensions of love.

Terra Memoria is a work for string orchestra, originally commissioned by the Emerson String Quartet. This meditative work is dedicated "for those departed".



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Image Soie
New orchestral works by Lotta Wennäkoski (b. 1970). Wennäkoski's works are characterised by a rich and colourful sound world that often incorporates unconventional playing techniques and noise. In recent years her range of expression has become gradually broader, deeper and more powerful.

Soie is a concertante work commissioned by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra for flute and orchestra in three movements and placed on the list of recommended works at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers. The soloist of the work is Kersten McCall, the principal flutist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Hava is an orchestral piece commissioned by the Tapiola Sinfonietta and premiered at the orchestra's 20th anniversary concert in January 2008. Amor Omnia is a silent film score of 90 minutes' length and Wennäkoski's most extensive work to date. In 2014, Wennäkoski adapted a concert suite from her film score, the Amor Omnia Suite.



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Image Suite on Poems by Michelangelo / Petrarch Sonnets
DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY, baritone

IVARI ILJA, piano


Ondine's fourth release together with star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky features a program of sonnets by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and Franz Liszt (1811-1886). Hvorostovsky is accompanied by his longstanding duo partner, the Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja.

Shostakovich's setting on the poems by Michelangelo is the composer's final masterpiece and among the greatest achievements in 20th century Russian vocal music. The work in 11 movements is filled with deep meaning. In his work Shostakovich, already seriously at that point, contemplates the themes of life and death.

Liszt's three Sonnets by Petrarch are based on the love poems by the Italian Renaissance writer. Liszt wrote numerous sketches for the work and also completed several versions of it. For a good reason Liszt was very satisfied with his work: "I think they have come out exceptionally well, and are more perfect in form than anything I have published until now."

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.



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Image Symphonies Nos 1 & 7
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Image Clarinet Concerto / Verdoyances Crepuscules / Diam

Superbly played and recorded works from a driving force in Finnish music. (...) Hakola's present style is broadly tonal and incorporates elements from a wide range of styles, from the avant-garde to Hollywood-like sentimentality to oriental world music. It is a tribute to his compositional skill and the force of his creative personality that he is able to hold such a bewildering array together. (...) With demonstration-quality sound, this is all great fun.
Guy Rickards, Gramophone, May 2006

The Finnish Radio Symphony performs with remarkable panache and precision under Sakari Oramo's direction. (...) Ondine's recording (...) powerfully conveys the music's considerable dynamic impact.
Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com, April 2006

Kari Kriikku ist der schlichtweg phänomenale Solist, für den es scheinbar keine technische Schranken zu geben scheint.
Heinz Braun, Klassik-Heute.com, February 22, 2006


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Image Luonnotar - Orchestral Songs
ARTISTIC QUALITY: 10
SOUND QUALITY: 10
(CLASSICSTODAY.com)

HÖGSTA BETYG I P2:s CD-REVYN


"En andfågel bygger ett bo på en sjöjungfrus knä - i en tom värld av bara vind och vatten. Men boet faller i vattnet och innehållet i äggen blir ämne för himlen, månen och stjärnorna. En våldsam skapelseakt som skriar av "Ei! Ei! Ei!". Scenen, som är ur "Kalevala", är tonsatt av Jean Sibelius i orkestersången "Luonnotar", och är huvudnumret på denna Sibeliusplatta som nyligen blev vald till "Årets album" av BBC Music Magazine, världens förmodligen mest lästa tidskrift för klassisk musik. Leif Segerstam manar fram Helsingforsfilharmonin som vore den ett svallande hav, men det är den finska sopranen Soile Isokoski som gör tolkningen extraordinär. En perfekt Sibeliusröst med lyrisk kärna och extatisk glöd som kan föra tankarna till Elisabeth Söderström. En röst som kan skifta karaktär mellan det sårbart mänskliga, hjärtats röst och det väsenslikt mytiska, sagoaktiga eller rent djuriska. Och som kan skria "Ei! Ei! Ei!" så att det går likt ett spjut genom kroppen." (Dagens Nyheter)

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Image Piano Sonata No. 1 / The Seasons
4 AV 5 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I CD-REVYN P2

4 AV 5 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I UPSALA NYA TIDNING

Olli Mustonen, piano

Sergej Rachmaninov

Pianosonat nr 1 d-moll Op 28

1. I. Allegro moderato

2. II. Lento

3. III. Allegro molto



Peter Tjajkovskij

Årstiderna Op 37b

4. I. January: At the Fireside

5. II. February: Carnival

6. III. March: Song of the Lark

7. IV. April: Snowdrop

8. V. May: Starlight Nights

9. VI. June: Barcarolle

10. VII. July: Song of the Reaper

11. VIII. August: Harvest

12. IX. September: The Hunt

13. X. October: Autumn Song

14. XI. November: Troika-Ride

15. XII. December: Christmas




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Image Pater noster / Missa / Donna nobis pacem
'...superb performances: clear, perfectly paced, beautifully balanced, sumptuously textured, with just the right pitch of emotion'
(BBC Music Magazine/Record of the Month)

"...tre innerligt melodiösa, klangligt homogena och traditionellt förankrade körverk som rymmer en djup förtröstan och en inre styrka som griper tag i åhöraren."
(Motala Tidning/Nerikes Allehanda/Vadstena Tidning)

This CD follows on the great success of two previous releases featuring the popular Latvian composer Peteris Vasks: the award-winning recording of Second Symphony and Violin Concerto Distant Light (ODE 1105-2); the Third Symphony coupled with the Cello Concerto (ODE 1086-5). This new disc focuses on the religious aspect in Vasks's music and contains three sacred works for choir and orchestra. Based on Latin texts from the traditional Christian liturgy, these works include The Lord's Prayer and the ordinary of the Mass, both in world première recordings. The liner notes include an interview with the composer on the featured works.

Latvian Radio Choir; Sinfonietta Riga/Sigvards Klava


Peteris Vasks
1 Pater noster
2 Dona nobis pacem

Missa
3 Kyrie
4 Gloria
5 Sanctus
6 Benedictus
7 Agnus Dei

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Image Symphony No. 5 / Seven Romances by Poems of Blok
The latest newcomer in the successful recording series with The Philadelphia Orchestra and its Music Director Christoph Eschenbach features Dmitri Shostakovich’s perennially popular Fifth Symphony. The Largo movement – one of the most heartrendingly beautiful slow movements written by the composer – and the bombastic Finale provide for an entrancing super audio listening experience with the world-renowned sound of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Officially viewed as “the practical creative reply of a Soviet artist to just criticism,” this symphony was the Russian composer’s mid-career coup - after his music had been politically attacked, he got back into the good graces of both communist officials and the public, who stood and cheered its première in 1937.

An added bonus of this CD is the spellbinding song cycle ‘Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok’ (1880–1921), making this unusual coupling a unique release with a strong sales point; Christoph Eschenbach accompanies on piano the acclaimed mezzo-soprano Yvonne Naef and two members of the The Philadelphia Orchestra.




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Image Pictures from Finland
Ondine is celebrating the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra's 125th anniversary with this digipak album "Pictures from Finland". This disc features a fine collection of 12 Finnish orchestral gems (including Valse triste by Sibelius, Wedding March by Toivo Kuula and Valse lente by Oskar Merikanto), newly recorded under the direction of chief conductor Leif Segerstam. The booklet includes 18 carefully chosen colour photographs of typical Finnish landscapes, which illustrate the inspiration which the featured composers draw from their relationship with Finnish nature.

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1882 and remains the oldest professional symphony orchestra in the Nordic countries. It gave the first performances of almost all the symphonic works by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) with the composer himself conducting.



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Image Notes on Light / Orion / Mirage
GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE

"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."
(Gramophone)

5 AV 6 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I SVENSKA DAGBLADET

"En kombination av avantgardistisk spets och färgskimrande omedelbarhet borgar för lustfyllt lyssnande."
(Landskrona-Posten)

"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 Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5
- Olli Mustonen crowns his acclaimed cycle of complete Beethoven concertos with recordings of the famous Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos.

- Olli Mustonen performs these virtuoso works simultaneously as pianist and conductor - a demanding practice in line with Beethoven's intentions, which can however be only seldom experienced in today's concert life or on disc.

- Mustonen develops his visionary approach to these works together with the renowned chamber orchestra Tapiola Sinfonietta; together they have toured Europe with this program to much acclaim.

- The SACD quality faithfully renders Mustonen's incomparable mastery of piano sound and technique.

- The two earlier installments of the series (Nos. 1-3; Piano Version of the Violin Concerto) have been hailed by the international press as "stimulating" (Fono Forum/Germany, Jan 2008) and "thoroughly refreshing and convincing" (International Piano Magazine/U.K., Sep/Oct 2008)

Previously released Mustonen recordings on Ondine
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 (ODE11235)
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1&2 (ODE10995)
Hindemith: 4 Temp & Sibelius / Symphony 3 (ODE10222) Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata 1 (ODE10825)
Prokofiev: Cinderella Suites (ODE1060-2)
Bach/Shostakovich: Preludes & Fugues (ODE10332) Mustonen plays Sibelius (ODE10142)




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Image Symphony in F sharp
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor

This Erich W. Korngold disc couples the monumental Symphony in F sharp with the world première recording of a rare discovery piece, Tänzchen im alten Stil.

The 50-minute Symphony in F sharp major is Korngold's only symphony, written in a late Romantic style. Composed between 1947-1952, it is dedicated to the memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt (who died in 1945). Dimitri Mitropoulos wrote in 1959 about this masterpiece: "All my life I have searched for the perfect modern work. In this symphony I have found it."

Tänzchen im alten Stil is an 8-minute piece which 19-year-old Korngold wrote in 1917, while doing his military service in World War I. The work fell into oblivion and was given its (supposedly) world premiere no earlier than 2007, at the Jyväskylä Festival, Finland; the performance was led by John Storgårds, who on this CD conducts the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.



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Image Keyboard Concertos
Anastasia Injushina, piano
Hamburger Camerata / Ralf Gothóni

This new release features the most beautiful and popular keyboard concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian Bach. Originally written for harpsichord, they are played on a modern piano on this recording.

Anastasia Injushina, prize winner of the ARD competition in Munich, has performed internationally and has made numerous recordings for radio and television. She has also performed chamber music with some of the world's top musicians. In 2009 she became Artistic Director of the "Springlight Chamber Music Festival" in Helsinki.

The Hamburger Camerata is known for its wide-ranging and sophisticated output, its commitment to the Classical repertoire and to contemporary music.

Ralf Gothóni has appeared at the world's most distinguished music festivals and with prominent European and American orchestras both as pianist and conductor.



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Image Monna Vanna (Act I) / Songs
Moscow Conservatory Opera Soloists
Moscow Conservatory Students Choir and Symphony Orchestra
SOILE ISOKOSKI, soprano
VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY, conductor & piano


Ondine releases a new recording of Sergei Rachmaninov's (1873-1943) rarely heard unfinished opera Monna Vanna. In this recording the opera is performed on a newer edition by Gennadi Belov and conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, an iconic artist for many decades and an expert in Russian music.

Second part of this disc consists of seven songs by Rachmaninov (including the hauntingly beautiful Vocalise), featuring, as Ashkenazy's personal wish, the Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski accompanied on the piano by Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Rachmaninov wrote the 1st Act of his Monna Vanna opera in 1907 while writing some of his major works: the Symphony No. 2 and Piano Sonata No. 1. It was the only major score that the composer took with him into his exile in the USA after the 1917 revolution. However, Rachmaninov never completed the work and upon his death the opera fragment fell into oblivion. The work was finally premiered in New York in 1984.

The opera, based upon a play by Maurice Maeterlinck, is performed in the recording by the Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Students Choir and Opera Soloists. This is a premiere recording of the opera sung in Russian, the language in which Rachmaninov intended it to be performed.




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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 Symphonie Mathis der Maler & Symphonie in Es
NDR SINFONIEORCHESTER
CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH, conductor


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 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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Image String Quartet No. 15 & String Quartet, Op. 20 No.
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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Image Moorland Elegies
Ondine continues its series of works by Baltic composers with a new exciting release. This disc features Moorland Elegies, a 50-minute work for mixed choir and string orchestra by Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits (b. 1969). The work is being performed by the prestigious Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra conducted by Risto Joost.

Moorland Elegies (2015), a nine-part cycle for mixed choir and string orchestra, is a crowning achievement of its composer Tõnu Kõrvits’s magical impressionism. The work was premiered by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra at Tallinn’s St. John’s Church on 31 October 2015, conducted by Risto Joost. The cycle is shaped and animated by its texts: a selection of poems by the English author Emily Brontë (1818–1848). “Moorland Elegies is a journey into the darkest, most mysterious corners of loneliness: to where one doesn’t dare to peek twice,” Kõrvits has commented. The selection of poetry in Moorland Elegies contains bright, sorrowful, dramatic, and divine scenes that form no coherent plot. There are only spiritual conditions characterized by a certain poetical abstraction, which develop through natural imagery and spatial impressions.

Tõnu Kõrvits works belong to the repertoire of the most important Estonian orchestras, choirs and artists. In recent years his music has been performed more and more outside of his native Estonia. Beside Veljo Tormis’s shamanistic spells, Erkki-Sven Tüür’s energetic explosions and Arvo Pärt’s religious contemplations, Kõrvits’s sound world stands out as highly poetic, full of visionary fantasies. His music carries the listener along on hypnotic journeys through the landscapes of nature and folk tradition, human soul and subconscious. His oeuvre includes all traditional genres from orchestral and instrumental music to choral music and operas.

Risto Joost is the chief conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and received in 2016 the Music Prize of the Estonian Cultural Endowment. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, founded in 1981, has cooperated with some of the most well-known conductors and orchestras around the world and has won numerous awards in recent years, including 15 Grammy nominations. This is the choir’s sixth recording for Ondine.


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Image Works for Clarinet and Orchestra
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Image Arie Favorite
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Image Suomi-Finland / Le Bateau ivre / La Fille en mini-
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Image Clarinet Concerto / Gran Duo / Chorale
GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER 2006 / CATEGORY CONTEMPORARY



...Collaborations between composers and clarinettists have given rise to some of the finest music: Mozart and Anton Stadler, Weber and Heinrich Baermann, Brahms and Richard Mühlfeld. Now, in Kari Kriikku, Magnus Lindberg has found his own clarinet muse.
Lindberg was one of the leading lights, alongside Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jouni Kaipainen and Kaija Saariaho, of the generation of Finnish composers who came to prominence in the 1980s. It was while working among such colleagues as these with the Toimii and Avanti! ensembles that Lindberg encountered Kriikku, and the clarinettist has since been the recipient of a string of works by Lindberg including Quintetto dell'estate (1979), Linea d'ombra (1981), Ablauf (1983-88), UR (1986), Duo concertante (1990-92), Steamboat Bill Jr (1990) and Away (1994) – works that suit the many facets of Kriikku's talents, ranging from the stunningly virtuoso to the overtly theatrical.
The Clarinet Concerto was composed in 2002, Lindberg delivering sections of the score to Kriikku by boat from his island retreat. Playful and aggressive sound worlds and allusions to Debussy and jazz styles come together as it builds in intensity towards its passionate conclusion. Earlier musics also inform the concerto's companion pieces on the disc: Gran Duo harks back to Mozart's Gran partita and Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, while Chorale was composed to share the bill with Berg's Violin Concerto and quotes from the same Bach chorale, Es ist genug.
The disc is an all-Finnish product. Ondine has brought together Lindberg and Kriikku with the Finnish Radio SO and Sakari Oramo, reflecting the vibrancy of musical life that continues to flourish there...

(Gramophone)

Kari Kriikku, clarinet

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo

Magnus Lindberg

1. Clarinet Concerto

2. Gran Duo

3. Chorale



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Image Garden of Spaces / Clarinet Concerto / Cantus Arct
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Image Works for Violin and Orchestra
The way Kuusisto and the ensemble breathe together in the Humoresques, allowing real improvisatory freedom with no loss whatsoever of rhythmic coherence, is pretty amazing. (...) The engineering, whether in stereo or multichannel formats, is just as splendid as the performances. (...) Terrific!

- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com, July 2006,

Artistic Quality 10/10 Sound Quality





Enchanting (...). Sheer unbelievable nuances between naively cheerful elegance and spookily pale coolness. (...) A product to fall in love with - discretely but permanently.


- Rasmus van Rijn, Klassik-Heute, July 2006, 10/9/10





Kuusisto's lithe, pliable playing is matched by the Tapiola Sinfonietta's sensitivity in creating images that are enchanting and wonderfully evocative in equal measure.


- Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph,

Classical CD of the week, 10 July 2006






An aural delight of excellently spirited Sibelius. (...) the total effect warrants my recommending this disc for Best of the Year honors.


- Gary Lemko, Audiophile Audition, August 2006




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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
This disc contains Beethoven's first and second piano concertos. It is the first of three hybrid SACD volumes featuring the five Beethoven Piano Concertos and the piano version of the Violin Concerto, all performed by Olli Mustonen in the role as both soloist and conductor of the Tapiola Sinfonietta.

Mustonen is known for delivering a fresh and visionary reading of popular standard repertoire music, such as Beethoven's concertos which he has never recorded before. The Tapiola Sinfonietta and Olli Mustonen have maintained a close relationship for years, accompanying this ambitious recording project with acclaimed tour performances. In the First Concerto, Mustonen is playing his own cadenzas.

The booklet includes liner notes written by Hans-Werner Küthen from the Beethoven-Archiv, Bonn.

Olli Mustonen, piano
Tapiola Sinfonietta/Olli Mustonen

Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
1 Allegro con brio (Cadenza: Olli Mustonen)
2 Largo
3 Rondo. Allegro (Cadenza: Olli Mustonen)

Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
4 Allegro con brio
5 Adagio
6 Rondo. Allegro molto

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Image Sonatas for Solo Violin (arr. for guitar)
This recording features Finnish guitarist Timo Korhonen with his own published transcriptions of famous violin works: Johann Sebastian Bach's three Sonatas for Solo Violin. While many guitarists carry single movements in their repertoire, Timo Korhonen has arranged the entire set for modern guitar. A differentiator to similar releases, his transcriptions remain very faithful to the original compositions, and the historically informed performance reveals Korhonen's profound understanding of their style. Proof of which can also be found in the booklet notes, where Timo Korhonen explains his theory about the meaning of the works.

Timo Korhonen is a real insiders' tip with a loyal fan base at major festivals and concert venues around the globe. His imaginative and innovative performances of contemporary and less known works continue to create much hype. Concerto appearances feature him along with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Sakari Oramo, His acclaimed recordings for Ondine include Leo Brouwer's 'Helsinki Concerto,' dedicated to him by the composer, which won a Cannes Classical Award in 2003.



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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 Violinkonzert
MIDORI, violin

NDR SINFONIEORCHESTER
CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH, conductor


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.

GRAMMY Winner - Best Classical Compendium



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Image Passion de Simone (La)
La Passion de Simone
Musical path in fifteen stations

Dawn Upshaw (soprano)
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Tapiola Chamber Choir / Esa-Pekka Salonen

World Premiere Recording

Following its successful world première in 2006, Ondine is proud to present Kaija Saariaho's La Passion de Simone, for soprano solo, choir, orchestra and electronics for the first time on SACD.

Kaija Saariaho considers La Passion de Simone - an oratorio about the life and thoughts of Simone Weil - to be her most important work. This SACD features world class performers including Dawn Upshaw and Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Tapiola Chamber Choir.

Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide acclaim for her wide-ranging operatic and concert repertoire. Kaija Saariaho wrote the soprano part in La Passion de Simone and the opera L'Amour de loin for her.

One of the most important artists in contemporary classical music, Esa-Pekka Salonen has become established both as a celebrated conductor and composer.

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

"a magical union of words, music and theatre: a creation of great beauty and drama..." Anna Picard, The Independent on Sunday


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Image Sinfonia / Calmo / Ritirata Notturna di Madrid
VIRPI RÄISÄNEN, mezzosopraano
RADION SINFONIAORKESTERI
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 Peregrinus Ecstaticus; Noesis; Le poids des vies n
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 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 Paganini Variations & Paganini Rhapsody
TZIMON BARTO, piano

SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH


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 Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
SIRKKA-LIISA KAAKINEN-PILCH, violin


Ondine proudly presents a release of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin with Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch.

Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch is an unusually versatile violinist, predominantly known for her performance of period music but also excelling in many other styles and genres. Her position as concertmaster in the orchestra of Philippe Herreweghe is testament to her skill as an early music performer.

On the present disc Kaakinen-Pilch performs Bach's Sonatas and Partitas on a violin from the 17th century. This collection of works for solo violin was the pinnacle and culmination of the violin's 200-year history in its day.

Later this autumn Ondine will release a disc of Orchestral Suites by Christoph Graupner, featuring Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch as violinist and conductor.





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