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Image Suomi - Finland 100 (A Century of Finnish Classics

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

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

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

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

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

89 kr
Image Symphonies Nos 1 & 7
159 kr
Image Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Leif Segerstam, conductor

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

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

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

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

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

159 kr
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.

159 kr
Image Cello Concertos

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

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

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

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

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

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

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

159 kr
Image Before the Icons / Tapestry of Life


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

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

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

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

159 kr
Image GRAFFITI / Seht die Sonne



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

318 kr
Image 4CD-BOX: Works for Orchestra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finnish National Opera Orchestra
Finnish National Opera Chorus
Tsuumi Dance Company

Stage Director: PEKKA MILONOFF

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

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

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

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

219 kr
Image Aleksis Kivi

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

Libretto: Einojuhani Rautavaara

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

Finnish National Opera Orchestra
Stage Director: PEKKA MILONOFF

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

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

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

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

219 kr
Image King Lear


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

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

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

219 kr
Image Complete Works for Male Choir (2 CD)

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

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

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

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

159 kr
Image The Chopin Album
159 kr
Image Alhambra Fantasy


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

London Sinfonietta; BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oliver Knussen

Julian Anderson

1. Khorovod

2. The Stations of the Sun

3. The Crazed Moon

4. Alhambra Fantasy


5. Parades

6. Pavillons en l'Air

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Guy Rickards, The Gramophone, December 2006

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

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

Gabriel Suovanen, baritone

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Leif Segerstam

Einojuhani Rautavaara

Three Sonnets of Shakespeare

1. That time of year

2. When I do count the clock

3. Shall I compare thee

Fünf Sonette an Orpheus (Five Sonnets to Orpheus)

Rainer Maria Rilke

4. Da stieg ein Baum (A Tree Arose)

5. Und fast ein Mädchen wars (A Maiden Almost)

6. Ein Gott vermags (A God Can Do It)

7. O ihr Zärtlichen (O Tender Ones)

8. Errichtet keinen Denkstein (Raise No Memorial)

Die Liebenden (The Lovers)

Rainer Maria Rilke

9. Liebes-Lied (Love Song)

10. Der Schauende (Man Looking)

11. Die Liebende (Woman Loving)

12. Der Tod der Geliebten (The Death of the Beloved)

Guds väg (God's Way)

Bo Setterlind

13. Guds väg (God s Way)

14. Barnet (The Child)

15. Pingst (Pentecost)

16. Dröm i katedralen (Dream in the Cathedral)

Three Songs from the Opera Alexis Kivi

Alexis Kivi

17. Ikävyys (Melancholy)

18. Laulu oravasta (The Squirrel)

19. Sydämeni laulu (Song of My Heart)

159 kr
Image Symphony No. 3 / Manhattan Trilogy


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

159 kr
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.

159 kr
Image Notes on Light / Orion / Mirage

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


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

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

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

159 kr
Image Asrael Symphony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

159 kr
Image Northern Lights / Kalevala Suite / Cheremissian Fa

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

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

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

159 kr
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